Fifteen years ago, you had to watch MTV for all of about 10 seconds before seeing the video for "The Crossroads," with its angel-of-death-visits-Compton concept (complete with a creepy mountainside procession of souls presided over by a massive, godlike Eazy E). Currently, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and their brand of singsong gangsta rap aren't as high-profile, hindered for years by label problems and stays in the state penitentiary. But now that everyone's out of prison and a one-time onstage appearance by the whole group has generated a bit of buzz, the Thugs have decided to parlay that trace of hype into a reunion album (Uni-5, slated for April) and tour, which starts off right here in Minneapolis. Longtime followers will have mixed feelings about the group's new, more polished sound (check "Rebirth"), but a chance to hear some of the old hits should be enough to bring in both rap fans and those who are chasing some mid-'90s nostalgia—so, y'know, you won't be lonely. With DJ Verb X. 18+.
Wed., March 24, 8 p.m., 2010