The Echademy

Where Hip Hop Academics Come To Play


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 also 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 (and with a flip side that charted as high as #8 and featured vocals by, Echademy member, Dr. Nooshin "eNVy" Valizadeh.

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 also 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.

Professor Lyrical Select Speaking & Performance Appearances

·04/06/18   USA Science & Engineering Festival/AMS (Washington, DC) -"Who Wants To Be A Mathematician?," Featured Performance 

·04/04/18   Arlington Cinema (Arlington, VA) Awesome NOVA "Awesome Pitch Night," Performance

·03/08/18   Roger Williams University w/Times2 Academy (Bristol, RI) -“STEM Talks,” Talk & Performance w/Q&A

·03/08/18   MIT (Cambridge, MA) -Professor Karatsolis Rhetoric Class Visit, Talk/Performance

·11/29/17   Times2 Institute STEM  (Warwick, RI) -“STEM Talks,” Closing Talk & Performance

·11/15/17   Busboys & Poets @ 5th & K (Washington, DC) -Feature, Performance/Spoken Word

·10/20/17   UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC) -Gender Justice Project Conference, Performance/Talk

·10/18/17   Howard University (Washington, DC) -Beats & Books (Music industry/education), Panelist/Talk

·10/09/17   Connecticut College (New London, CT) -Mellon Mays Undergrad Fellowship Pathways to the Professoriate, Lecture

·09/23/17   University of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) -UDC Film Festival Closing "I Am Not Your Negro", Performance

·09/20/17   University of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) -Fall 2017 UDC Convocation Closing Selection, Performance

·09/13/17   Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) -Pitch and Flow www.PitchandFlow.com (Lyrical Winner for Sunculture.com ), Performance

·07/19/17   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) -"NeXT" Experential Learning Conference (Inaugural Cohort), Performance/Talk

·03/09/17   USC (Los Angeles, CA) - Professors Ahmadi & Darnell Coles' Center for Education Identity & Social Justice, 1st Spoken Justice Feature

·03/08/17   USC (Los Angeles, CA) -"Dr. V." Class visit, Discussion

·03/02/17   MIT (Cambridge, MA) -Professor Karatsolis Rhetoric Class Visit, Discussion/Performance

·11/19/16   UMass Boston -Boston Public Library Showcase Massachusetts Hip Hop Archive, Talk

·10/25/16   Boston Public Library (Rabb Hall) -Shakespeare Smackdown (won), Performance/Battle

·03/19/16   SEIU1199 Union Hall (Dorchester, MA), Hip Hop 4 Flint Boston, Performance

·03/05/16   333 Tremont, Boston, MA –Cipher Divine, Hip Hop Education (Lyricism), Performance/Class

·02/18/16   MIT (Cambridge, MA) -Professor Karatsolis Rhetoric Class visit, Discussion/Performance

·02/08/16   Landmark College (Putney, VT) -The Process of Self-Betterment and Redefining your Identity, Performance/Talk

·01/20/16   UTEC (Lowell, MA) -Lyricism contest, discussion and performance, Performance/Talk

·12/16/15   UTEC (Lowell, MA) -Lyricism discussion and performance, Performance/Talk

·07/28/15   Northeastern Univ. [Westin Copley Hotel (Boston)] -Completing the Doctoral Thesis Proposal, Panelist

·05/02/15   York University (Toronto) -Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, Performance/Talk

·04/16/15   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) -Toastmasters Talk, Speaking/Performing

·03/27/15   Salem State University -Hip Hop Conference, Speaking/Performing 

·03/17/15   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) -Texpo Keynote Address 

·10/31/14   UPCEA Regional Conference –Closing Session, Presentation/Keynote Talk 

·10/01/14   Tech Boston Academy, Dorchester, MA, Presentation/Talk w/students

·09/27/14   UMass-Lowell -University Crossing, Performance

·09/11/14   Central Connecticut State University, Performance

·06/02/14   Silver Lake Regional Middle School (Kingston, MA), Presentation/Performance  

·05/22/14   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, Keynote Speaker/Performance  

·05/09/14   TEDx PiscataquaRiver –The Transformative Power of Hip Hop Culture, Presenter

·05/08/14   Boston CollegeHip Hop, It’s History, It’s Effects, Featured Panelist/Performer

·02/26/14   Emerson College –Victory Stride, 60 Years of Civil Rights Progress, Featured Performer/Speaker

·02/20/14   UMass-Boston –Class Presentation w/Dr. Pacey Foster (Creative Markets and Hip Hop), Speaker

·02/19/14   Boston College –Black History Month (Hip Hop & Black History), Panel/Speaker

·10/11/13   Bristol Community College –Gateway Program Guest Speaking Event, Speaker/Performance 

·09/26/13   Metropolitan State U. of Denver –Sankofa Lecture Series, Featured Speaker Lecture/Workshop

·09/19/13   Univ. of Illinois Chicago -Academic Paper/Panel Presentation

·09/03/13   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –Incoming Student Event, Emcee/Host/Speaker/Performance 

·07/22/13   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) -Boston Parks & Recreation Summer Concert, Emcee/Performance

·05/23/13   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, Keynote Speaker/Performance 

·10/12/12   MIT Media Lab –Museum of Science/Intel Computer Clubhouse, Speaker/Performance

·05/23/12   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, Keynote Speaker/Performance  

·04/12/12   Monmouth U. –Increasing STEM Degree Attainment for Under Represented Minorities, Acad. Paper

·03/24/12   SNHU Southern NH University –NHHEAF Destination College Keynote, Speaker/Performance 

·03/23/12   New England Institute of Art (Boston) –College wax cylinder recording w/John Krivit, Workshop

·11/10/11   Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –Sickle Cell Event w/ Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Host/Performance  

·10/29/11   MCI Norfolk State Prison –La Familia and Young Father's Event, Speaker/Performance 

·10/28/11   Northeastern University (Boston) –LASO.CVS @ AfterHours w/Yunel Cruz, Performance 

·08/21/11   Northeastern University (Boston) –Color in Freedom, Speaker/Performance 

·08/14/11   Possible Project (Cambridge) –High School student entrepreneurialism talk, Speaker/Performance 

·08/11/11   CCSC, Community Charter School of Cambridge –Career Glimpse, Speaker/Performance 

·05/26/11   Northeastern U. (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, Keynote/Performance 

·03/26/11   SNHU Southern NH University –NHHEAF Destination College, Keynote/Performance

·12/02/10   New England Institute of Art (Boston), Speak/Performance

·12/01/10   Northeastern University (Boston) –Class Presentation w/Prof. Emmett Price, Speak/Performance

·10/24/10   Showa Institute of Japan (Boston), Speak/Performance

·05/04/10   Showa Institute of Japan (Boston), Speak/Performance

·04/22/10   Bay State College –Haley House (Dorchester), Performance/Benefit 

·03/28/09   SNHU Southern NH University –NHHEAF Destination College Readiness, Speak/Performance

·03/12/09   Curry College –Healthy Choices W/District Attorney Keating, Speak/Performance

·05/07/08   Northeastern University –Sports in Society, Speak/Performance  

·04/21/08   Harvard Grad School of Ed. –Black Student Union Youth Day, Speak/Performance

·03/22/08   SNHU Southern NH University –NHHEAF "How College Made the Difference," Panel/Performance

·02/19/08   Berklee College –Songwriting Department Guest Lecturer, Speak/Performance 

·04/21/07   Harvard Grad School of Ed. –Black Student Union Youth Day, Speak/Performance

·04/20/07   Bristol Comm College –NE Mathematical Assoc. of  2 Year Colleges, Performance

·04/06/07   Bentley College –"The Business & Culture of Hip Hop," Speak/Performance

·04/05/07   Bentley College –"The Business & Culture of Hip Hop; Historical Context," Lecture/Performance 

·04/03/07   Eastern Nazarene College –Youth Violence Prevention, Keynote Speaker/Performance

·03/17/07   Plymouth State College –8th NHHEAF Destination College, Panel/Performance

·02/26/07   Harvard Graduate School of Ed. –Screening of "Beyond Beats & Rhymes," Panel/Workshop 

·02/01/07   Emmanuel College –Screening of "Beyond Beats & Rhymes,” Panel

·01/23/07   Harvard Grad School of Ed., Democracy Center Harvard Sq/Harvard –Screening of "Beyond Beats & Rhymes,” Panel 

·11/04/06   New England Institute of Art –IBS Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS), Panel