Dr. Peter Michael Plourde ("Professor Lyrical") is an artist and professor known for using the positive aspects of Hip Hop culture to empower citizens to self-advocate for socioeconomic change. Professor Lyrical blends talks and performances into compelling presentations utilized by many institutions looking to harness the power of Hip Hop culture by incorporating it into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. His 2016 dissertation, increasing STEM degree attainment for underrepresented populations, examines the role Hip Hop may play towards improving the rate at which diverse students attain STEM based degrees.
A prolific writer and award winning rapper and lyricist, Lyrical has penned scores of songs over his career, with several of his early vinyl releases sought after as collector's items in overseas markets. He has authored and performed songs for commercial campaigns and endorsements for a wide variety of organizations and individuals. Lyrical created an "albook," Put Em All To Shame (The Curriculum), which he describes as the world's first album and book combination. Sections of this albook have formed the basis of his own curriculum, which he shares in his first Tedx Talk, "The Transformative Power of Hip Hop Culture." A regular guest speaker and professional development hire for countless institutions, Lyrical demonstrates how educators and administrators may evoke the power of Hip Hop when crafting and delivering STEAM lessons or incorporating it as a cultural backdrop within any course or campus culture.
Formerly an Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern University within the Foundation Year first year program, Plourde had the opportunity to improve his teaching methods over the course of seven plus years in the classroom and as the sole instructor for NU's graduate Math Methods course. Dr. Plourde is currently an Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia, where he balances teaching mathematics and directing the faculty development initiatives of the college within the Office of Academic Affairs for its Community College campus.
For more information email Lyrical@ProfessorLyrical.com
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Discography of Radio/Retail Releases:
12 inch vinyl single - Twist on Dis by Col' Medina feat. X-Caliber 1989
ALBUM/Casette - No Labels by X-Caliber 1990
MaxiSingle/Casette - Dance with the Rhythm by X-Caliber 1992
12 inch vinyl single/Casette - Butta Messenga by X-Caliber (b/w Le Miserables) 1997
12 inch vinyl maxisingle/Casette - Brand Name Women by X-Caliber (b/w Brand Name Women & Don't Make it Hard (Le Mis II) 1998
Single/CD - They All Call Lyrical (b/w Bring it to The Streets) 1999
12 inch vinyl signle - Why by Invasion (b/w My World feat Sickmen w/Lyrical) 2001
12 inch vinyl maxisingle- Salt by X-Caliber (b/w SickillTypeIsh feat illin' P. and Don't Hurt Em feat. J. Scott w/Sickmen) 2002
ALBUM/CD & Digital Download - iNFiNiTi by Lyrical 2005
12 inch vinyl maxisingle - The Focuz is Back by Lyrical (b/w Lyrically Rippin' feat Ripshop, Rags ta Riches feat Invasion, and Come with Me feat eNVy, off of iNFiNiTi) 2006
ALBUM/CD & Digital Download - The College Project by Professor Lyrical 2009
ALBUM/CD & Digital Download - Put Em All To Shame by Professor Lyrical 2013
Single/Digital - Get Lyrical by Professor Lyrical (off of Put Em All To Shame) 2014
Single/Digital Download - Pain Won't Last by Professor Lyrical feat Christine Scolari 2016
ACAPELLA ALBUM/Digital Download - The Lecture Series by Professor Lyrical 2016