by John Tarpley
JOE / MINT CONDITION
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $34-$69.
Joe. Just "Joe." He's a Grammy-nominated hip-hop heavy hitter worthy of a greatest hits compilation culled from eight albums and 26 singles. When it comes to grind jams, all breathy and ready made for 1,500-thread-count sheets, the man's nothing short of a veteran. He's no stranger to the radio waves, either. "I Wanna Know" is a classic high school dance throwback jam for thousands, and you might remember him taking chorus duties for Mariah Carey and Nas in 2000's "Thank God I Found You." He's joined by Mint Condition, another old-school Discman standard known for its panty-dropping prowess. Since 1991, MC's been a back-to-basics R&B outfit, not scared of combining saxophone solos and vocal gymnastics with Latin and obscure African rhythms. All things considered, this should be the best night of soulful torch songs and nostalgic bump and grinders that we'll see in a good while.