||  D o c t a b a r z  ||

Keith Cross, M.C. Ph.D

Lyricist. Scientist. Teacher. Brother.

music & Science for healthy Living


This video details an actual scientific investigation of neurological, linguistic and learning adaptation in expert rappers. It is basically my dissertation compressed into 3 minutes.

Written and Performed by Keith Cross, MC PhD (aka Doctabarz) 

Produced by Scott Ohtoro (https://zenburecords.bandcamp.com/)

Video by Gerard Elmore (https://vimeo.com/gerardelmore)

About doctabarz

I am a Lyricist and Learning Scientist creating musical volumes dedicated to helping humanity to achieve and sustain individual, community and environmental wellbeing. In my work, I combine art and science to explore and leverage the ways lyricism (i.e., the composition and performance of song lyrics) is connected to humans' cognitive function and learning. I have a Ph.D. in Education and a Ph.D. Minor in Linguistics from Stanford University, am the former Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and an inaugural Peace Studio Fellow (2022). My musical works are informed by a neurocognitive perspective, a teaching and learning perspective, and from the perspective of a performer engaged in the work of Moving Crowds both physically and politically. 

recent music

 current project 


I've lost a father and two brothers due to Type 1 Diabetes and/or related complications. Each died young, and unnecessarily. While working my own way back from rapid weight-gain and a pre-diabetic diagnosis, I began this project out of a desire to educate and inspire my remaining family members and our future generations on how we can thrive,  despite what we have lost, or whatever predispositions to illness we may have inherited. It is meant to be the start of a record of what works and doesn't work for us -- the first volume in a collective research and documentation project that functions as a roadmap to health for those in our bloodline (i.e., our own personal lifestyle and dietary laws). I hope it can also be a resource for other families facing similar challenges. 

Diabetes vs Discipline includes music, video commentary, and resources that aim to make scientific research on diabetes more accessible to affected families. This project was made possible in part by a fellowship from The Peace Studio, and support from my Patreon patrons. 


Art: Music & Video 

Science: Research & Horizons

Community: Ways to Support/Get Involved


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