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
The Rap Guide To Religion
Recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category “Unique Theatrical Experience,” The Rap Guide to Religion is a new species of theatre, part hip-hop concert, part stand up comedy, and part TED Talk, exploring one of the most heated subjects of our age. Taking a scientific approach, Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman performs faith-illuminating songs inspired by the best of evolutionary and cognitive science, seeking the natural origins of our supernatural beliefs.
Why do most humans believe in a higher power? What are those beliefs good for? And once they are gone, what can replace them? Fresh from a 5-star run at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a six month off-Broadway run, this groundbreaking new work explores the various ways and means by which religion evolves in our species, leaving audiences with a new appreciation of religion, and its critics. It’s time to eff with the ineffable.
"A smart and entertaining survey of what gives us faith, and Brinkman’s confidence and delight in wordplay make it a pleasure to sit back and go with his flow." ★ ★ ★ ★—Time Out New York
Fully engages all cylinders... a true artist—Tracy’s New York Life
The material is incredibly thought-provoking and richly dense, but he makes it digestible and, most importantly, fascinating—Broadway World
Very funny, very educational... like attending the best TED talk ever, but with musical breaks.—The New York Times
Who the hell is Baba Brinkman? He is a thoughtful, funny, erudite, and amazingly likable talent.—The Humanist
Totally changed my opinion of this generation’s musical vision… you’ll not only learn a lot, but you’ll have fun.—A Seat On The Aisle
A memorable theatre experience, your brain will get a good workout from this very talented and dynamic artist.—Theater Is Easy
His flow is often impressive and he strikes a solid balance between punch lines and substantive lyrical content.—Theater Pizzazz
Sweet hip-hop rhymes take the audience on a journey of self-discovery as to the origins of our culture's extreme love affair with religious identity.—Stage Buddy
This is no dry academic lecture — it’s a hip-hop show. With intricate rhymes, solid beats, and no small dose of good humor.—Empiricist League
"From all angles it's clear Brinkman has his act together"—Village Voice
"So engaging and so funny. An amazing show, it really must be seen."—Harry Allen, WBAI “Nonfiction”
"Devilishly insightful and dazzlingly witty... a fringe must-see" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter
"Irresistible lyricism... a fantastic show" ★ ★ ★ ★—A Younger Theatre
"An Edinburgh phenomenon... very effectively combining Baba Brinkman’s unique brand of comedy and dissemination of fascinating data." ★ ★ ★ ★—British Theatre Guide
"Fabulously intelligent... an original and delightful performer"—London Grip
"I had the time of my life. I love Brinkman’s blend of lecture hall, with vaudeville, with a studied and yet organic lyricism... real talk, in every sense." ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Uncovered
"Brilliant and unique, Baba Brinkman uses his talent in a very special way."—This Is Cabaret
"Breathlessly epic... verges on poetry" ★ ★ ★ ★—Broadway Baby
"Tremendous energy, enthusiasm and warmth... Go along and brighten up your afternoon and let Baba enlighten you." ★ ★ ★ ★—SG Fringe
"Brinkman is intelligent, engaging, funny and can actually rap... he forces us to think about what we get from religion, and whether we can get it from anywhere else."—The Stage
"Brinkman’s ability to weave complicated arguments into rhyme is uncannily clever and his wordplay is wonderful."—The Scotsman