The Echademy

Where Hip Hop Academics Come To Play

Welcome to The Echademy

Meet our Artist-Practitioners


Professor Lyrical

Rapper/Associate Professor (BS/MS/EdD)
Professor Lyrical has been releasing well-received records since the late 1990s. His group X-Caliber's single, "Butta Messenga," remains one of the heaviest played records in New England college/mix-show radio history. In the early to mid-2000s, he released several 12 inch singles with his group Invasion while doubling as a promoter for many Boston area clubs, shows and concerts. By 2005, he released his acclaimed solo album iNFiNiTi, with the lead single, "The Focuz Is Back," reaching as high as #2 on the national college/mixshow radio charts in 2006. While working on his masters of mathematics, and teaching as an adjunct professor at several Boston area institutions he recorded The College Project with 25 of his own students involved in the project. The album was released in 2009, with an accompanying release party featuring nearly all of his students performing for the first time. In 2013, he released Put Em All To Shame (recorded at Echo with all tracks engineered by Robie Rowland) entirely produced by DJ Shame. This first-of-its-kind album (or "albook") is packaged with a book by the similar name of Put Em All To Shame (The Curriculum)

Dr. Professor Lyrical is an Associate Professor (Mathematics) at the University of the District of Columbia and serves as the Director of Faculty Development for UDC-CC. Lyrical was formerly an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University.  He has taught approximately 150 classes across 10 different Boston area institutions before teaching in DC. He holds a bachelors in business, a masters in Mathematics, and a doctorate in Education. He has promoted scores of shows in Massachusetts and also co-founded the Mass Industry Committee which planned and produced the historic MIC Awards in 2006 and 2007. The Professor regularly performs and speaks at schools, primarily colleges and universities, and has been a keynote speaker several times for the Boston Celtics, and many other corporations and professional organizations; his Tedx Talk on opening a Hip Hop university is a forerunner to the central idea behind The Echademy.

You may purchase a signed copy of "Put Em All To Shame (The Curriculum)" by utilzing the PayPal link below.

Robie Rowland

VP of Audio Engineering & Founder of Echo
Robie Rowland has developed into one of the top audio recording engineers in the Boston area after coming to Boston to study at the New England Institute of Art (AI). Robie's first published and released album Project was The College Project (Through the eyes of Pupils). Rowland engineered the album on behalf of Lyrical (his former AI Instructor) in 2009, out of his bedroom, in his apartment that he shared with three roommates. Robie produced the majority of the songs on the album and even lent his rapping skills and additional vocals to several tracks on the album as well. 

Soon after the completion of The College Project, he expanded his home recording studio business by moving to a larger apartment with a separate room for recording and another for vocals; this location became so rapidly booked that he began planning the opening of his own commercial studio (Echo) to handle the additional business. 

Rowland has operated Echo successfully since 2009, after opening the studio with two partners, including another talented performer and producer on the album with whom he also attended courses at AI. Rowland is now the principal owner and lead engineer of this dynamic recording studio facility and looks to market and expand the Echo brand constantly.

Robie's vision of Echo has been a community building enterprise which connects multiple artists across different genres. His studio is filled with home-grown art by many different artists adding to the sense of community he tirelessly works to build. Robie is often booked months in advance and hires multiple other talented engineers (and former interns) with his same high standards and ear for detail, which helps to develop the careers of his clients. 

Dumi Right

Dumi RIGHT is a member of the pioneering and groundbreaking hip-hop crew Zimbabwe Legit, one of first rap groups from Africa to make a splash worldwide. Dumi is a performing artist, MC, writer and organizer, who has been recognized as a standard bearer in global and progressive hip hop circles for many years. 

His group, Zimbabwe Legit is widely regarded as the first African hip hop groups to receive widespread recognition. Legit's self-titled 1992 debut included production by The Black Sheep and DJ Shadow (All Music Guide). Dumi's influence has been documented in the domestic and international mass media as well as in academic works of hip hop history, including Say It Loud! The Story of Rap Music by K. Maurice Jones. 

At the beginning of 2016, Dumi RIGHT was selected to complete a residency in Thailand teaching emceeing to youth in underserved communities as part of the Next Level cultural exchange initiative. Next Level is a program administered by the U.S Department of State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also tied with Professor Lyrical in the heavily documented Pitch & Flow socially responsible and entrepreneurial based rap battle in Washington DC. The battle featured 8 dope artists paired with green entrepreneurs rhyming about the innovations of the company in a head to head styled friendly competition The two long time friends went head-to-head in a tie-breaker where Lyrical just managed to edge him out in a crowd scored extra round.

Over the course of Dumi's career he has performed both internationally (Japan, France, Zimbabwe, Thailand) and domestically, including at high profile venues including the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, 930 Club, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh

Professor/Spoken Word-Vocalist

Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh is a two time  Rossier Student Organization Faculty of the Year Award winning lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC). She teaches in both the Doctor of Education and Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration programs for the USC Rossier School of Education. 

Dr. "Noosh" is also an accomplished singer, and performs spoken word poetry as well. Her vocals have appeared on Professor Lyrical's award winning album, iNFiNiTi, including the nationally charted "Come With Me," on which she sang the chorus and added numerous background vocals to the single.

Dr. Valizadeh’s areas of research and expertise include academic self-efficacy, science identity, student-faculty interaction, issues of gender and racial equity in higher education, and college student experiences with regard to underrepresented students in STEM majors and careers. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, including most recently at the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in NYC.

Before transitioning into a career in Higher Education Administration, Dr. Valizadeh worked as a Tax Senior Consultant in Financial Services for Deloitte Tax LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2007, she participated in a two-month rotation in Hyderabad, India, where she trained over 40 new staff members and helped establish a foundation and international presence for the Boston and New York offices to build upon.

Dr. Valizadeh has a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Education. She received both a Masters in Business and Administration with a Concentration in Finance and Management, and a B.A. in Communications and Cultures from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is fluent in Persian (Farsi),  and Spanish. 

Khaiim the Rapoet

Khaiim the RapOet
is an international touring Hip-Hop artist and seasoned motivational public speaker. Khaiim has received critical acclaim for his music and has performed with some of the most respected voices in Hip-Hop, from Talib Kweli to Joyner Lucas. He’s also recorded in Jay-Z’s studio with J Cole's multi-platinum recording engineer Mez.

Khaiim has received numerous awards for reaching college and high school students with positive messages.  His work with youth has garnered attention at the highest levels be receiving President Obama's "Champions of Change" distinction. Although Khaiim lectures at Trinity, Yale, and other distinguished colleges, fans prefer to catch him diving off stages, performing around the world with everyone from Pulitzer Prize poets like Alice Walker to Grammy winning MCs like Common.

Hip-Hop heads know him as the charismatic lyricist "Self Suffice," whose album with Dreamville's Mez summited the Indie Hip-Hop Top 40. His positive use of rap music has been lauded by the NY Times, NPR, and many others. Catch him with his live band at a college near you, performing the new album "Self Control".

Khaiim, along with Dumi Right and Lyrical, was among eight select emcees chosen to represent his skills in the "Pitch & Flow" socially conscious entrepreneurial "rap" battle. The event paired celebrated and innovative green entrepreneurs with dope conscious emcees. One of Khaiim's heroes of Hip-Hop, Doug E. Fresh also performed at the event, along with the legendary MC Lyte as the host. 

Listen to Poeteacher by Professor Lyrical, recorded and engineered by Robie Rowland at Echo.

PROFESSOR LYRICAL (put em all to shame)