Tariq Trotter comes back to his hometown to rip a solo set tonight. 2010 was a banner year for the Roots, with How I Got Over garnering the most critical acclaim the live hip-hop act has seen since 99's Things Fall Apart. Black Thought has always mentioned solo work cooking on the back burner, and surely the crowd at the Blockley tonight will hear some of those exclusive tracks, in addition to all the Roots' bangers. Anytime a local artist returns home for a show, the results are always dynamite. Expect nothing less from the pointedly political, always fresh and in command, Black Thought.

Black Thought
Friday, Feb. 18
10:30 p.m.
The Blockley
38th and Chestnut, Philadelphia
Tickets $25