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Professor Lyrical: Educator, Emcee, and Inspirational Speaker​
Professor Lyrical is a dynamic and multi-talented individual who seamlessly blends his talents for teaching and learning, music, and motivational speaking. He holds a doctorate from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts where he also taught mathematics as an assistant teaching professor. Prior to his tenure at Northeastern, Professor Lyrical earned an MS in Mathematics and a BSBA from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in his native Lowell, Massachusetts while finishing his last several classes at Harvard while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was in Lowell where he began his teaching career as a high school math instructor within a program he helped research, build, and develop while co-authoring its business plan.​
Professor Lyrical now serves as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia and the director of faculty development at its Lamond Riggs Campus. His role as a Content Matter Expert with the NSF funded QuSTEAM (Quantum Science Technology Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) well prepared him for his role of faculty lead in developing the world's first AS degree in Quantum Literacy for UDC. ​His recent video, "NO" was shot on location at Lamond Riggs Campus and featured UDC faculty, staff and former students as the actors. Beyond his academic achievements, Professor Lyrical is a celebrated emcee and spoken word artist known for his legendary pen-game and unparalleled freestyle rapping abilities. He has won numerous MC battles and competed in some of the most prestigious invite-only battles in history, including the New Music Seminar's Supermen Battle for World Supremacy, Zulu Nation NYC, Pitch & Flow DC, and multiple Boston Super Bowl Battles.​
As a sought-after speaker, Professor Lyrical has been featured in multiple Tedx Talks and has spoken and performed at over 100 institutions, national festivals, and conferences. His engaging and thought-provoking presentations blend his expertise in college success, STEM career exploration, and navigating today's entrepreneurial landscape across streaming platforms for creative artists. His ability to connect with and inspire audiences of all ages makes him an ideal choice for college orientations, high school motivational talks, and performances.​
In addition to his solo work, Professor Lyrical is part of the Massachusetts-based duo project "ProQuo" under the Freedom Corner Brand, distributed by Sony Orchard. What sets Pro apart is his elite level lyricism as both a spoken word artist and emcee, as well as his ability to freestyle at a world-class level.​ For those seeking an extraordinary speaker who can captivate, educate, and inspire, Professor Lyrical is the perfect choice. Explore this website to learn more about his upcoming work, his storied history with X-Caliber & Invasion, and his latest musical projects.​​

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Professor Lyrical is an award-winning emcee with a legendary pen-game.

Professor Lyrical, born in Lowell, MA, is a Hip Hop artist and educator known for using the positive aspects of Hip Hop culture to empower citizens to self-advocate for socioeconomic change. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia, an HBCU in Washington DC, where he directs faculty development for its associate programs within its embedded community college.

Professor Lyrical's "side-hustle" as a Director of Faculty Development, Associate Professor, and QuSTEAM Subject Matter Expert involves developing a transformative and convergent undergraduate curriculum to provide a national education model for the emerging field of quantum information science and engineering. This initiative is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator. He is also part of a grant funded UDC team developing the first Associates of Science degree in Quantum Literacy focusing on many critical aspects of Quantum Information Science (QIS).

As a master-craftsman lyricist and award-winning rapper and spoken word poet, Professor Lyrical has consistently published records in heavy rotation among college/mix-show stations as a solo artist and for three different groups (X-Caliber, Invasion, and most recently with ProQuo). He has also had music placed in various movies and numerous advertisement campaigns. Lyrical has competed in some of the most prestigious rap battles in history and has won the Pitch & Flow Battle at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, which paired "dope, socially conscious emcees with green entrepreneurs and corporations in accordance with UN sustainability goals." This win led to his recruitment to speak and perform in two DMV area TEDx events after already being featured in a Portsmouth, NH talk on Hip Hop and STEM education.

Professor Lyrical has spoken and performed at over 100 different colleges and university events, and he is a regularly contracted public speaker, performer, and faculty developer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing/Econ) as well as a Master of Science in Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he later taught high school mathematics for Lowell High School and co-authored its first alternative high school program. He earned his Doctorate at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he also taught mathematics for over seven years as an assistant teaching professor. His dissertation and subsequent research interest is "Increasing STEM degree attainment for underrepresented populations."

Most recently, Pro has had numerous songs land across the weekly “Top-30” on various national college rap music charts (RapAttackLives, Urban Influencer, and the NACC). These placements include achieving #1 spots for his solo record “Yo That’s Pro,” his ProQuo release “The Devil’s Dancin” and “Back in the Dayz,” a collaboration with Fee the Evolutionist and Ruby Shabazz (an X-Cal reunion record) produced by mentor and platinum producer Ski Beatz.

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Professor Lyrical is an in-demand public speaker and performer who has keynoted scores of events and participated in multiple Tedx Talks as well.

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Professor Lyrical is an award winning emcee with a legendary pen-game.

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