Professor Lyrical Biography
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SHORT FORM BIOGRAPHY
While some rappers have been known to call themselves “Dr.” this or “Professor” that, Professor Lyrical is certainly the real deal. Lyrical earned his doctorate in 2016 and is a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University and a well-respected Hip Hop lyricist and freestyler extraordinaire. His catalogue of published records dates back to the late 1990s, as well as his storied career as a freestyle battle rap champion. Professor Lyrical’s most recent 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 upcoming 59th Grammy Awards in February of 2017. He performs and speaks extensively 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.
“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 Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he also earned his doctorate in 2016. Lyrical teaches mathematics within an innovative first year cohort (Foundation Year) and teaches undergraduate and graduate students (Math Methods) majoring in mathematics and education who are pursuing careers teaching math. In a relatively short time, he has already taught a staggering 150+ courses at eight Boston area colleges and universities in a variety of subjects spanning from “Hip Hop Culture & Lyricism” to “Calculus.”
Professor Lyrical's doctoral study examines the factors leading to high rates of attrition for traditionally underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based disciplines, while exploring ways in which Hip Hop pedagogy may play a role in increasing rates of degree attainment as well. 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.
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). He regularly keynotes and appears as a featured speaker and performer at a variety of institutions placing a premium on the values of education, diversity, and the arts. Lyrical cites his education at UMass-Lowell (MS Mathematics; BS Business) as crucial to his success as an educator and musician. He has been featured in many national, regional, and local television shows, magazines, and media since blending his two careers.
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. He has also been selected to participate in some of the most famous Hip Hop battle's of all-time (Battle for World Supremacy (NYC), Brain Storm Battle (Seattle, WA), and the Zulu Nation Battle (NYC) to name a few), while winning scores of others along the way. He also was one of the main promoters of Hip Hop concerts and events throughout the early to mid 2000s in the Boston area (while also teaching full-time at Lowell High School and as an adjunct professor), holding residencies on Lansdowne Street in Boston (behind Fenway Park) and planning and promoting countless other shows throughout the region.
His first solo album, iNFiNiTi was released on Blaze The World (formerly distributed by Caroline/EMI) in 2005 in partnership with Invasion Entertainment/Fat Sam and had multiple singles charting among the top 20 in the national college and mixshow charts. The lead single from the album,The Focuz Is Back, charted as high as number two by 2006. The album also gained heavy popularity in the Boston area and was voted as the "Album of the Year" in the 2006 M.I.C. Hip Hop Awards, an historic awards show concert in which Lyrical himself helped to promote as a founding member of the Mass Industry Committee (he was also nominated for promoter of the year).
By 2007, Professor Lyrical began recording an album (The College Project: Through the eyes of Pupils) with over twenty of his students across four different institutions while he was an adjunct professor (of Mathematics, Musical Comedy, Hip Hop, Music Appreciation, Venue Management, and Music) from 2006-2009 before working full-time for Northeastern University the following year. The album and ensuing 2009 release party directly led to the creation of Echo (recording studio) when the lead engineer, Robie Rowland, decided to build his own highly successful commercial recording studio (Echo) as a result of the increase in clients he was recording in his home studio. He now owns and operates Echo as the lead engineer; Echo has more business than it can handle and is regularly booked months in advance. Lyrical's subsequent album (Put Em All To Shame) was recorded at Echo and engineered entirely by his former student Robie Rowland. The release party for the event was attended by Lyrical's future wife, Love Jones, whom he married in September of 2010. Lyrical and Love Jones welcomed in a new addition to the family when their son Henry was born in April of 2013.
Dr. Professor Lyrical is often hired to speak and perform, while 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 Love Jones, who is also an accomplished classically trained University of Virginia alum and Berklee College of Music jazz vocalist. Chuck D of Public Enemy 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." This first of its kind “albook” is available on the ProfessorLyrical.com store, and on all major download music and eBook sites.
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