Courtesy of Timothy Welbeck.
“If you’d said I’d be rapping, lecturing, lawyering,” states Timothy Welbeck on his 2019 record Living Wage, “It’d sound to me as real as the life that Tom Sawyer lived.” The opening lines from the track and newly released video of “Working Professional” expresses the creative fusion of Welbeck’s work as an MC, a professor at Temple University, and a civil rights attorney with the Council on American Islamic Relations Philadelphia chapter.
He’s a writer who produces scholarly articles on hip-hip and journalistic essays in various outlets (including The North Star). The story behind the rap music he has created across four albums possesses deep roots in Black history and culture.
What is unique is how he merges the fields of education, law, and rap on his records and in the classroom.
As a rapper, Welbeck released his first album Paint the Town Red in 2005…
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