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Younger hip-hop fans may not understand how monumental this reunion tour is (looking at you, kids born after 2000). Today’s hip-hop is at times unrecognizable to fans of the genre’s ’80s and ’90s sounds. It’s now filled to the brim with melodic sing-songy vocals over trippy trap beats being sung by a bunch of similarly named rappers, each sporting an array of candy-colored dreads. But current hip-hop, as the influential cultural medium that we now know it to be, may not exist without one of its most legendary duos: Eric B. & Rakim. The Long Island pair set the foundation for rap as an art form with funk-driven tracks, crafting some of the all-time best music of the genre in the late ’80s. You could turn on any of their classics right now, like “Don’t Sweat the Technique,” “Paid in Full,” and “I Ain’t No Joke,” and still feel the weight of the whole hip-hop universe they would create through song. Listening to them today is like time traveling. And after 25 years, the duo are back on tour together. The days in which they dominated, days of Kangol hats and super thick gold rope chains, may have gone by the wayside, but Eric B. & Rakim are bringing it all back—if only for a night. Read more>>> Eric B. & Rakim perform at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $45. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Kayla Randall)
OH AND ALSO
The National Museum of American History presents Art in Industry, an exhibition featuring household items from the 19th and 20th centuries that combine elements of design and visual art. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the World Projects Corporation presents the International Music Festival, which gives the country’s top high school and university ensembles the chance to take the stage at one of the nation’s finest performing arts centers. 8:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $30.
Signature Theatre presents the D.C. premiere of the musical Girlfriend, a coming-of-age musical based on the album of the same name by Matthew Sweet. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$84.
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