WritingEssays, articles, and blogs about rap, literature, and science. Baba's first book of poetry "The Rap Canterbury Tales" was published by Talon Books in 2006.
PublicationsPublications The Rap Canterbury Tales (Talon Books 2006).
Illustrated facing-page paperback featuring Baba's rap lyrics and the original Middle English source, with illustrations by Erik Brinkman (Baba's brother).
Darwin on the FringeBaba's entertaining blog written for Whatsonstage.com, interpreting the Edinburgh Fringe through the lens of evolutionary theory. 2009 – The Rap Guide to Evolution and The Rebel Cell
2010 – The Rap Guide to Human Nature and Rapconteur
Monthly Archives: January 2009
Good things are happening with ”Rap Guide to Climate Chaos”. After successes in Edinburgh and at the Paris conference, the show will soon be starting an off-Broadway run, opening exactly one month from today at the Soho Playhouse. In the meantime, I’m hard at work recording a full studio album version of “Climate Chaos”, featuring 24 original tracks of barnstorming, alarm-raising, peer-reviewed hip-hop music.
My goal is to tell the story of global warming, including how we got here and how we can solve it, and to do that I need to hire some help, specifically music producers, engineers, and session musicians to really make these songs come to life. So I’m turning to IndieGogo to raise the funds, which means I’m also turning to you, to help me raise $10,000 in 40 days for album expenses.
Since the momentum of a campaign is driven by funders, every dollar helps. If you would buy this album, please pre-purchase it through the campaign, and if you want to see the show off-Broadway (or if you want to give your friend tickets), you can do that through the campaign as well. There are also some awesome higher-tier perks like original raps, live performances, and consultations with yours truly on whatever subject you hold dear.
And even if you can’t put money on it, please share the campaign with your network via social media or email. I’m of the belief that the climate crisis has to come fully to the centre of popular culture before the political will to solve it will go mainstream. If that’s so, I hope my rap album will help. And I hope you will help me make it happen.
Thanks as always for your support!
I just released a new music video which I’m very excited to share with you. The digital animation is by Steven Fahey, who is a full time animator for the Simpsons, and I’m completely blown away by the results he achieved. The video is about the evolution of religious instincts, and how the secular among us can make sense of beliefs we don’t share.
Thanks for supporting, and have a happy holiday season whatever your supernatural inclinations may be.
Click here to read my new blog from the COP21 conference in Paris: https://www.patreon.com/posts/live-from-paris-3882429
Every year or so since 2010 I’ve reached out to my friends and fans asking for help with a Kickstarter or IndieGogo campaign to fund my latest album or video project. Well now I’m hoping to put an end to that regular cycle with the help of Patreon, a site that lets fans become patrons with exclusive access to the artists they support and the work they help create.
Click here to visit Patreon.com/BabaBrinkman
If you’ve been following my career for a while, cheering me on as I create albums and shows and videos, and if you want to help me continue doing so, then Patreon is for you. The way it works is you sign up to contribute a certain amount for each project I release. The amount you pledge can be anywhere from $1 up to however much you feel you can spare. You set a monthly maximum that fits your budget, and Patreon will charge you automatically each time I release a new album, song, or video. And just like with Kickstarter you get special perks by signing up.
At the moment I have several new videos in the works for Rap Guide to Religion, and I’m working on recording the Rap Guide to Climate Chaos album, and several of those songs will have videos. And after that I’m working on a new project about Artificial Intelligence, and I have several other album ideas in the pipeline.
So if you would contribute $20 to support my next album, please consider pledging $5 or $10 per release instead. Or if you can afford more, pledge more. The bottom line is, if you support me and the artistic path I am on, and if you trust me to keep putting out work that you enjoy, then I would appreciate your support.
The Rap Guide to Religion is a hip-hop concept album about the evolution of religious instincts, featuring production from Mr. Simmonds, Soulful Spider, and Tom Caruana and guest appearance by Greydon Square and Gaiaisi. If the answer to the number one BIG QUESTION of religion is “no”, what other questions are worth asking? This album tackles the OTHER big questions of religion, such as “How did faith evolve?”, “Does it serve any adaptive purpose today?”, and “Is religion an adaptation, a byproduct of an adaptation, or a virus of the mind?”
With lyrics that were “peer reviewed” for accuracy by experts in the field of Evolutionary Religious Studies, Rap Guide to Religion offers fifteen tracks of mind-blowing science and auditory irreverence from a truly unique voice in hip-hop.
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Sept 9th 2015 @ The China Cloud, 524 Main Street, Vancouver
Doors 7:30pm, showtime 8pm, $15 cover
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/384580741739215/
Baba Brinkman & Heather Berlin just finished a critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, and they will be performing at China Cloud in Vancouver one night only.
“An inspiring and wonderfully entertaining show from beginning to end… an absolute jewel.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ — Mumble Comedy
First: “Off The Top” is a science/comedy hour co-hosted by Baba and Heather, exploring the neuroscience of improvisation and humour, and the odd-couple mash-up of science and rap in their marriage. Reviews and more info here: http://
“An invigorating hour… smart, funny, well-sustained”
★ ★ ★ ★ — The Times
Second: After an intermission, Baba will perform his new rap/science/comedy show ”Rap Guide to Climate Chaos”, which explores the science and politics of global warming. Reviews and more info here:
Deftly-worded… close to perfect… an artist at the absolute top of their game.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★—The Skinny
Stimulate your brain and your funny bone with a night of laughs, lyrics, and love-of-learning.
Tickets $15 on the door
My new show “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos” is now playing at the Edinburgh Fringe. For those of you who can’t come see it live, here’s a music video for one of the songs, featuring everyone’s favourite front-runner. RIP Biggie Smalls. Please share!
I’m excited to announce that Rap Guide to Religion was recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category of “Unique Theatrical Experience.” Director/Producer Darren Lee Cole and myself both got spiffy certificates at the nomination reception, and we will find out on May 31st at the awards ceremony whether or not we get the prize. Competition is fierce, but it’s good to know that a scientifically peer-reviewed hip-hop comedy about the evolutionary origins of religion is at least a contender in the “uniqueness” category.
ASU CENTER FOR EVOLUTION AND MEDICINE COMMISSIONS A “PEER REVIEWED” RAP ALBUM TO COMMUNICATE SCIENCE
April 30, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Center for Evolutionary Medicine (CEM) at Arizona State University has combined resources with the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (ISEMPH), San Francisco’s Perlstein Lab, and the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) in the UK, to sponsor the creation of a unique art/science collaboration. The result is The Rap Guide to Medicine by award-winning rap artist Baba Brinkman, a collection of songs that explore themes of health and disease from an evolutionary perspective – both a hip-hop gem and a great teaching resource.
The Rap Guide to Medicine takes a hard-edged look at the roots of illness, tracing many of the body’s vulnerabilities back to its evolutionary history. As the opening track declares: “Disease itself is not the adaptation, but you need adaptations to explain why we get sick.” The album features clever parasites, rebellious cancer cells, diseases of modernity, the evolution of aging, and a sufferer of cystic fibrosis who uses the “gene’s eye view” to come to terms with his illness. Baba Brinkman’s premiere performance at the 2015 ISEMPH Conference in Tempe, AZ received a complete standing ovation from a room full of 300 scientists.
The album was produced by the UK’s Mr. Simmonds and vetted for scientific accuracy by several experts from the Society, led by Randolph M. Nesse, co-author with George C. Williams of the seminal evolutionary medicine text Why We Get Sick. Nesse commented: “This is amazing. I won’t need to teach my course, I’ll just have students listen to the album! Seriously, I’d like to see every doctor in the world get a copy, as a gift from their patients.”
The Rap Guide to Medicine is now available from iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. Watch the music video for the lead single Gene’s Eye View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qo2Gyr9qTY and the video for “So Infectious” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swoDROzsjXg.