The Tree of Life in Bahrain is a centuries-old mesquite tree in the middle of the desert with taproots that extend over 160 feet deep. This polymorphous hip-hop outfit is the Philadelphia equivalent, with a sound that stretches back to Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, and Langston Hughes. Anchored by propulsive drummer and prolific Tweeter ?uestlove, this is hip-hop at its most vital--a living, breathing oasis amid the pervasive warble of Auto-Tune and the metronomic pulse of drum machines. Tonight, they pay tribute to one of the genre's watershed albums, Paid in Full by Eric B. and Rakim. See them slow-jam the Blue Note. . . then the news. With Rakim and J. Period.
Wed., June 22, 9 & 11:30 p.m., 2011