Emcee � Educator � Author �
A Creative Entrepreneur at the intersection of Music, Culture, Education & Technology.
The South Bronx born, Far Rock Queens & Central NJ raised MC John Robinson has
built a career in music as both an artist and entrepreneur. J.R. Debuted w/ his crew
Scienz Of Life in 1997 on Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle’em Records and since has released
more than 25 albums (group, solo and countless collaborations worldwide). J.R. has
worked and or performed with MF DOOM (R.I.P.), Aloe Blacc, Madlib, Flying Lotus,
Talib Kweli, BLU, The Lyricist Lounge and many others. Robinson’s extensive catalog
still resonates worldwide, creating growing opportunities in the sync licensing industry
placing his music on Television, Film, Video Games and other visual media platforms.
As an Educator Robinson is rooted in Hip-Hop Based Education and Youth Culture
Pedagogy. J.R. has worked with youth in various capacities (in-school, after school,
creative workshops) which led to him co-authoring his Youth Culture Power & How can
I move the crowd? books with Dr. Jason Rawls. The book is a #HipHopEd Guide to
building adult to youth relationships and increasing that connection with engagement.
With Dr. Jason Rawls, J.R. is a Co-founder in Its Jay ARE EDU a company that focuses
on innovative approaches to Professional Development workshops with adults working
in youth spaces. We encourage educators to re-envision “best practices” in the areas
of classroom management, lesson planning and instruction through culture, engaging
activities, arts integration, music, processed drama and so much more. Let’s Build!
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