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. In addition to being a highly acclaimed lyricist, performer, and rap music recording artist, he is also a full-time Lecturer of Mathematics at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He teaches within an innovative first year cohort (Foundation Year) and additionally teaches undergraduate and graduate students majoring in mathematics and education who are pursuing careers teaching math. He has already taught a staggering 100+ courses at eight Boston area colleges and universities in a variety of subjects spanning from “Hip Hop Culture & Lyricism” to “Calculus.”
Professor Lyrical defended his thesis proposal for his Doctorate in Higher Education at Northeastern in 2014. His proposed dissertation seeks to examine the factors leading to high rates of attrition for traditionally under-represented students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based disciplines. Lyrical’s additional research interests include seeking ways to engage future diverse STEM leaders using Hip Hop culture and Hip Hop-centric pedagogy and curriculum, inside and outside of the classroom, while encouraging young people to think critically and creatively as engaged citizens and problem solvers. Recently, Professor Lyrical was a featured speaker at a Tedx Talk conference in Portsmouth, NH discussing many of these same ideas (while opening the event with a freestyle about topics the audience chose).
Lyrical cites his education at UMass-Lowell (BS Business; MS Mathematics) as crucial to his success as an educator and musician. He has been featured in scores of national and local television shows, magazines, and other publications. As an award winning rapper and freestyler, Lyrical has released records which have topped national college radio charts, both as a solo artist and with his groups X-Caliber and Invasion, and received mainstream airplay from a variety of stations—across many formats. He is often hired to speak and perform bridging music, mathematics, and academia through his words, powerful lyrics, and highly impressive improvisational freestyles. His latest album, Put Em All To Shame, was released with a 200 page book, Put Em All To Shame (The Curriculum). The album features three songs with his wife, Love Jones, an accomplished classically trained University of Virginia alum and Berklee College of Music jazz vocalist. Chuck D of Public Enemy recently publicly endorsed Professor Lyrical’s "wonderful" book and album (Put Em All To Shame), pleading for folks to support it while calling Lyrical a "Rapademic reacher." The “albook” is available on ProfessorLyrical.com, and on all major download music and eBook sites.
For more information email Lyrical@ProfessorLyrical.com
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