Professor Lyrical is a heavily decorated emcee and spoken word artist possessing a legendary pen-game and world-class freestyle rapping abilities. Equally compelling is his "side-hustle" as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia where he also directs faculty development for its two-year degree programs within its embedded community college. Pro has also won countless MC battles and competed in some of the most prestigious in history (Battle for World Supremacy, Zulu Nation NYC, Pitch & Flow DC, Boston Super Bowl Battles, etc.). He has been part of three Tedx Talks and has spoken and performed at over 100 institutions. Check out the site to learn more about Pro Lyrical events, his storied history with X-Caliber & Invasion, as well as his recent Mass-based duo project "ProQuo" via Freedom Corner Brand (distributed by Sony Orchard).
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McDonald's Man dances to Michael's Thriller while Professor Lyrical records in awe!
The ProQuo Show
Raptivism - Pro Spoken Word
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WHY PROFESSOR LYRICAL?
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.
Professor Lyrical is an award winning emcee with a legendary pen-game.
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