Professor Lyrical Biography
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“Professor Lyrical” is an artist and educator known for using the positive aspects of Hip Hop culture to empower citizens to self-advocate for socioeconomic change. While some rappers have been known to call themselves “Dr.” this or “Professor” that, Professor Lyrical is certainly the real deal. Lyrical earned a doctorate (Higher Ed.) in 2016 from Northeastern University and an MS (Mathematics) in 2009 from UMass-Lowell, where earlier he also earned a BS (Marketing/Economics) right in his native city of Lowell, Massachusetts. His doctoral thesis is entitled "Increasing STEM degree attainment for underrepresented populations" and has been featured as a select dissertation by the university for "Improving the culture, diversity and attainment in STEM through Hip Hop pedagogy." After teaching full-time at Northeastern as an Assistant Teaching Professor for seven years in an innovative first year cohort (Foundation Year) and as the sole math methods instructor for Masters of Arts in Teaching students, Lyrical is now an Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)-an HBCU and the nation’s only public land grant university. His methods in the classroom (across ten different colleges and universities, and six years at Lowell High School in its alternative program he co-founded) have been well “chronicled,” including features with Chronicle (ABC-TV 5 affiliate, with then news Anchor Bianca De La Garza), Discovery Channel's Animal Planet, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Globe, and scores of others. He now works leading faculty development at UDC with colleagues who teach primarily in its associate degree granting programs within its own community college.
The "Professor" is a well-respected Hip Hop lyricist and freestyler extraordinaire and has rapped and pressed records under the names of "Lyrical" Lord Plourde of X-Caliber, and simply as "Lyrical" with his group Invasion and as a solo performer as well. His catalog of published and nationally charted college and mix-show records dates back to the late 1990s, as well as his storied career as a freestyle battle rap champion. As an entrepreneur and event planner, Lyrical put together hundreds of events in the 2000s through his own companies he helped to found, including Invasion Entertainment and the Mass Industry Committee. These events included concerts, meet and greets, award shows, weekly venue based promotions and other "one offs". His lengthy resume includes over 135 courses taught, from music to mathematics, over the last decade across ten colleges and universities. He has lent his rapping skills and academic perspectives to countless speaking engagements, social justice initiatives, and other events that have helped to redefine the titles and roles of emcee, professor, and poet.
Professor Lyrical’s single “Pain Won’t Last” and spoken word/acapella album “The Lecture Series” were both released in the fall of 2016 and entered for nomination consideration in multiple categories for the 59th Grammy Awards (2017). He wrote the world's first "albook" - a 200 page book (Put Em All To Shame [The Curriculum]), which is packaged with an album with the same title. Together, the book and songs combine to create a master class on production, lyricism, Hip Hop history and the interconnection of academia and Hip Hop culture. Lyrical performs and speaks regularly at colleges and universities and has keynoted multiple lectures, workshops, and other academic and professional events centering on social justice, education, self-betterment, and Hip Hop culture.
For more information email Lyrical@ProfessorLyrical.com
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