Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier

Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier

Art Form(s)
Music, Spoken Word
Artist Credentials
Maryland Wolf Trap Teaching Artist
MSAC Teaching Artist Roster
Teaching Artist Institute Graduate
About this Artist

Pronouns: he/him

Jamaal Collier—or “Mr. Root”—is a dedicated and versatile professional Hip Hop artist with more than a decade of experience facilitating workshops and live performances in the Mid-Atlantic region. By incorporating rapping, vocal percussion, and dynamic stage presence, Jamaal articulates his passionate appreciation for his artistry every time he teaches and performs. Jamaal was named the Mic-ology Spoken Word Slam Champion in 2007.


"Feedback from the teachers involved in the residency was ALL positive. They loved Mr. Root. They thought he was very cool, very child-centered, got the kids engaged, made learning fun. It was a true testament of how you can take learning and make it fun. He was able to get some of the most resistant kids engaged. They really enjoyed having him. They loved the humor! It drew the kids in. They enjoyed the freestyling. We were very surprised, it was Dimitrious’ first day here and he came up and free-styled."

Ms. Hines, Principal of Villa Maria School

"It's wonderful to see my students in a different perspective. It opens up the opportunity to see kids in another way other than just as students, but as kids who can enjoy and appreciate that words come in different forms, including lyrical and poetic."

Ann-Marie, Teacher, Samuel Ogle Middle