This weekend is one to make Philly hip-hop fans proud. Kicking off a weekend full of events will be today's humongous "Globalization of Hip-Hop" symposium. The festivities jump off at 10:30 a.m. at the Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets, with the panel discussion, "Islam in the Mix," which features the urban culture knowledge of William E. Perkins, senior research scholar at Penn, and Ewuare Osayande, chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Radical Congress.
Thirsting for more? The event steps it up a few notches after lunch, with the 1 p.m. "Globalization of Hip-Hop" discussion, led by James B. Peterson, doctoral candidate, whose dissertation focuses on the "underground" element in hip-hop culture. And topping off the conference will be tonight's concert, featuring the mike skills of Jersey's Poor Righteous Teachers and Philly's own Grand Agent, along with the wicked wordplay of the Prophets of the Ghetto. The concert starts at 8 at the Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St. Both the symposium and concert are free, and for more info on either of these bangin' events, hit up Kwasi Asare at 215-485-7473.