With rapper/activist Rhymefest planning his candidacy as alderman for the 20th Ward in Chicago, the Grammy award-winning emcee will take the stage tonight (January 8) at the Congress Theater to link with his youth constituents.

Joining Rhymefest will be legendary New York crew The Wu-Tang Clan, who are currently wrapping up their highly-touted “Rebirth Tour” which began last month. Though RZA will not be present, all other seven founding members will be in attendance, as well as close Wu-Tang affiliates Cappadonna, Mathematics and Streetlife.

Doors for tonights show open at 8:00 p.m. For more information on venue and location, click here. The municipal general election in Chicago will commence on February 22, but voters can cast ballots earlier if preferred. For more information, visit here.

In other news, veteran rap trio Salt-N-Pepa will embark on a national tour that is sure to appease fans of late 80’s/early 90’s Hip Hop.

Fittingly titled “Legends Of Hip Hop,” the 20-date tour will begin February 4 in Cleveland, Ohio, with names like Slick Rick, Biz Markie, MC Lyte and Naughty By Nature featured throughout the two month road trip. The “Legends Of Hip Hop” tour also marks the 25th anniversary of Salt-N-Pepa’s platinum-selling debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious.

“Last year, the response was incredible. From Atlanta to D.C., we sold out each date,” stated Pepa, real name Sandy Denton. With a star-studded cast riding along Salt-N-Pepa this time around, they expect a similar turnout for 2011. “People really want to see us and we really wanted to make this happen for our fans. Also, the timing was just right and it just all came together perfectly.”

Below are dates for the “Legends Of Hip Hop” tour.

2/4 Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
2/5 Buffalo, TX @ Shea’s PAC
2/11 Miami, FL @ James L. Knight Center
2/12 New Orleans, LA @ Lakefront Arena
2/13 Kansas City, MO @ Municipal Auditorium
2/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center
2/19 Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
2/20 Newark, NJ @ PAC
2/25 Jacksonville, FL @ Coliseum
2/26 Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
2/26 Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
3/5 Baton Rouge, LA @ Riverside Centroplex
3/11 Norfolk, VA @ Ted Constant Convocation Center
3/12 St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
3/13 Memphis, TN @ DeSoto Civic Center
3/18 Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
3/19 Chicago, IL @ Arie Crown Theater
3/25 Richmond, VA @ Coliseum
3/26 Dallas, TX @ Dallas Convention Center
4/2 Atlanta, GA @ Civic Center

Finally, The Roots’ Black Thought has challenged his diehard fans to compile every one of his solo and guest-featured tracks spanning two decades, with a nice reward in return of course.

Presented by Okayplayer and The Smoking Section, the “Collect Your Thoughts” contest calls for participants to assemble their entire list on a Word document, excluding tracks with The Roots. Along with the list, they must also include a .zip folder containing all listed tracks in .mp3 form to be eligible to win.

The fan that completes the largest compiled list will be treated to a combination prize package, including tickets and backstage access to a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a sit-in session with Black Thought and The Money Making Jam Boys, as well as autographed Roots memorabilia. For more information on the contest, click here.