Hip-hop fans, a gathering of stars past and present, hits Durham this weekend as DPAC presents “Return of the Legends.”
Rakim, the rap pioneer from the Bronx whose collaborations with Erik B laid down pavement for a generation to follow, headlines Thursday. Their 1987 album “Paid in Full” is a bona fide classic hip-hop.
Bel Biv Devoe joins, too. Their dance hall hit “Poison” exemplifies the “New Jack Swing” style of the ’90s.
9th Wonder hosts. He’s one of the biggest names in hip-hop production, and he’s been keeping the music fresh since his work with Little Brother a decade ago, and recent collaborations with talented homegrown artists.
The Pharcyde, another rap group memorable for ’90s hits (“Drop,” “Passin’ Me By”) are in Saturday's lineup, pleasing fans who remember their sound from parties and dorm rooms.
Also on Saturday’s bill are EPMD, Brand Nubian and Das EFX, another time-machine act coming from the golden days of hip-hop.
Rakim heads up Friday’s events, with Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Lords of the Underground, Nice & Smooth and Camp Lo.
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham
Tickets: $58 to $70