Slick Rick and Rakim

Please note: This event has already occurred.
Hip-hop fans may scratch their heads over this pairing: Rakim, one of rap's greatest talents who exhumed his career in 2006, could fill a venue like the Howard on his own merits. Slick Rick, not exactly a rap heavyweight, typically spits the verses of his party anthems "La Di-Da-Di" and "Children's Story" at club gigs. Together in double bill at the Howard Theatre on Friday, however, they should hit all the high notes of '80s hip-hop, both its fierceness and its gleeful fun.