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).
ArticlesDarwin on the Mic - Published in the journal Evolution, April 2015
Hip Hop Music As Brain Food (pdf) - Published in The Informal Learning Review No. 121
The Speciation of Rap (pdf) - Published in The Evolutionary Review Volume 2
Finding God in the Female Orgasm (pdf) - Published in The Evolutionary Review Volume 3
Monthly Archives: October 2011
I’m currently hard at work on the script, music, visuals, and stagecraft for Rap Guide to Consciousness, which opens at the Soho Playhouse on March 1st for a two month off-Broadway run!
If you’ve seen any of my previous science/rap performances you won’t want to miss this one, or if you’ve never seen one, this is the ideal first exposure. The show is all about your subjective experiences (and mine, and anyone else who’s ever been awake and aware of something), approached from the perspective of neuroscience and the evolution of brains. Many of the songs are also featured on the Rap Guide to Consciousness Album, which I released last fall.
Use the code “QUALIA” to get discount tickets, and feel free to reach out to me if you have ideas about who I should invite to the show!
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos is the seventh instalment in my “Rap Guide” series, exploring big ideas from science and human behaviour. This one dives deep into the science, politics, and economics of global warming, ranging in scale from the smallest carbon atom to the global energy system. Peer-reviewed by top scientists and featuring none other than Bill Nye in his rapping debut, this is hard-core knowledge-based hip-hop for hungry minds and switched-on citizens.
The official release date is September 30th, but pre-order now and you’ll get four tracks in advance, and the other twenty (!) when the album drops.
Initially scheduled for an eight week run at the Soho Playhouse, Rap Guide to Climate Chaos is now extended until June 11th. Tickets and showtimes here.
For more about the show, check out the recent Huffington Post review, published under the headline “This Guy Raps About Climate Change, and Bill Nye Loves Him”:
Brinkman is a particularly adept communicator. He condenses an encyclopedic knowledge of climate change into 90 minutes of digestible rhymes. Brinkman’s rapping is smart, funny and informative. And he approaches his craft as a devoted student of hip-hop, lacing his songs with rhythmic and lyrical allusions to the genre’s greats: De la Soul, Nas, Run The Jewels. – Huffington Post
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.
DOWNLOAD IT NOW!