By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated May 25, 2010 at 07:19 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Scott Harrison/Retna Ltd; Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesThe ongoing trend of artists re-creating their most beloved albums in concert shows no signs of abating. The latest example is the lineup for this year’s 4-date Rock the Bells touring festival. The Wu-Tang Clan will headline with a start-to-finish performance of their 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). They’ll be joined by Slick Rick, performing 1988’s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick; Rakim, performing his and Eric B’s 1987 Paid in Full; and KRS-One, performing Boogie Down Productions’ 1987 Criminal Minded.

That list right there is a handy summary of why a certain era of NY hip-hop has been referred to as a golden age. Each of those albums is a classic. Seeing not one but four such records performed as it originally appeared on wax? Yeah, that’s pretty cool. It even might make up for the fact that Lauryn Hill’s rumored involvement in this year’s Rock the Bells seems to have been a tall tale.

Head over to Rock the Bells’ site to check out the concert dates and full list of performers. Are you interested in seeing any of these shows? Which album would you be most psyched to see performed in its entirety?

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