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

Pro Lyrical: Genius, Thousandaire, Bboy, Philanthropist.

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Pro Lyrical: Doctor, Associate Professor, Elite Lyrical Marksmen, Dad of Henry 



Professor Lyrical is heavily decorated emcee possessing a legendary pen-game with worldclass "off-the-top" freestyle abilities. Equally compelling is his side hustle as an Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia. His breakout video, "House of Lies" is a masterful story with a twist-ending that you'll have to see to believe. Check out the rest of the site to learn more about Professor Lyrical events, his storied history with X-Caliber and Invasion, as well as his new duo ProQuo, and forthcoming releases and videos.

Pro also co-hosts the popular Friday night (9pm EST) webcast, "The ProQuoShow" with his partner Quo, which can be viewed live via his YouTube page, or directly at or the HipHopCitizen FB webpage as well.

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

He has taught well over 100 college courses at 12 different college and universities, spoken at over 100 institution, been a part of three Tedx Talk events, written songs for scores of corporate partners, appeared in dozens of media stories, performed for several years for the Boston Celtics Stay in School events and activities and is the author of the world's first "albook" Put Em All To Shame.


He has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Lowell Sun, and various magazine cover stories. He has appeared on Discovery Channel's Animal Planet, WCVB/ABC-TV5-Boston's Chronicle and CityLine, WBZ/CBS-TV7-Boston's Urban Update, NBCUniversal/TV4-DC, School Ties (Paramount), Wheel of Fortune (as "Lyrical" w/his wife) and many more.


His debut album iNFiNiTi won for Album of the Year in the Mass Industry Committee Hip Hop Awards, where he was also nominated for Lyricist of the Year, Single, Collaboration, and Promoter of the Year. He has 6 vinyl 12-inch singles (X-Caliber (3), Invasion (2), Lyrical (1)), 6 albums (Professor Lyrical (3), Lyrical (1), X-Caliber (1), ProQuo (1)), and has won countless rap battles and poetry slams.


He earned a BS in Business and MS in Mathematics in his native city at UMass-Lowell, as well as a Doctorate in Higher Education from Northeastern University with a GPA above a 3.9while also teaching there as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics.


He is the husband to an amazing wife, Nicole, who is an entrepreneur, executive coach and former Vice President of Corporate Communications who also holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo and is a world class vocalist. Together, they are the parents of their talented and gifted eight-year-old son, Henry, who is also a Black Belt in Taekwondo. Nicole and Henry both appear on ProQuo's debut album, iNSTANT BROTHERHOOD, and are featured in the song "Grandma Stories."

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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. As a master-craftsman lyricist, he has consistently published rap records in heavy rotation among college and mix-show stations for two different groups (Invasion and X-Caliber) while winning scores of emcee battles, poetry slams, and other similar lyrical challenges along the way. Lyrical won the inaugural "Pitch & Flow" Emcee Pitch Battle for Environmentally friendly corporate start-ups at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, hosted by legends MC Lyte & DJ D-Nice, while also sharing the stage with Doug E. Fresh. Rap Legend—Chuck D. of Public Enemy—called Pro a "Rapademic Reacher" after sharing billing at Metropolitan State University in Denver for the Sankofa Speaker/Performance Series and publicly implored others to purchase his "Amazing Albook"—a book and album combo entitled "Put Em All To Shame.
Professor Lyrical earned his doctorate degree at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), where he also taught for seven years as an assistant teaching professor of mathematics in the Foundation Year first-year cohort. His dissertation and subsequent research interest is "Increasing STEM degree attainment for underrepresented populations." In the classroom, Professor "Lyrical" Plourde has achieved similar distinction while developing his academic credentials lending to his speaking and performance appeal as a versatile Hip Hop artist, professional developer, and featured/keynote speaker. To date, Pro has spoken and performed at over 100 college and universities (as well as various k-12 institutions), taught over 100 college and university courses, and has recorded and published over 100 songs as a Hip Hop/Spoken Word/Rap recording artist.
Lyrical is currently an associate professor of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia (where he also directs faculty development for its Community College campus) and was recently named a 2021 QuSTEAM-IBM-HBCU Quantum Education Faculty Scholar. In addition to his doctorate, he also holds a master of mathematics and a bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and economics from UMass-Lowell. 


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

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