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Baba has independently recorded and released more than a dozen original hip-hop albums since his debut in 2004, executive producing and collaborating with a range of artist through his Lit Fuse Records imprint. His lyrics have been described as “sometimes Shakespearian in their beauty” (Fest Magazine), covering topics far outside the range of mainstream rap, from science and philosophy to literature and human behavior.
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THE RAP GUIDE TO CONSCIOUSNESS

A new “peer-reviewed rap” album about the neuroscience of consciousness, beats, rhymes, and brain cells.

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Baba’s brain consists of more than 80 billion neurons, none of which has any clue that he exists, and yet somehow they come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, punchlines, and some of the most thought-provoking music the world has ever heard. Listen and find out how.

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Credits

Scientific consultation by Anil Seth and Heather Berlin.

Bibliography:
Daniel C Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back Again
Stanislas Dehaene, Consciousness and the Brain
Anil Seth, The 30 Second Brain
Christof Koch, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
Sean Carroll, The Big Picture
Susan Blackmore, Consciousness, An Introduction

released October 13, 2017

Album Produced by Tom Caruana and Soulful Spider
Executive Produced by Baba Brinkman
Musical Direction by Simon Kendall at Hammond Ave Studios
Mixed by Tom Caruana at Tea Sea Records
Mastered by Morgan Sizer at Mozu Mastering.

1. Heaven’s Gate
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven’s_Gate_(religious_group)

2. Real Recognize Real (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, S. Kendall, A. Ross)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Alice Andrews
Guitar by John Ellis
Cuts by Mr. Simmonds

Further reading:
• www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_our_consciousness
• neurobanter.com/2016/02/04/tracing-the-edges-of-consciousness/
• aeon.co/essays/the-hard-problem-of-consciousness-is-a-distraction-from-the-real-one

3. Good Bayesian (feat. MC Lars and Mega Ran)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, R. Jarbo, A. Nielsen)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayesian_probability
• www.edge.org/response-detail/27098
• www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqmJhPQYRc8

4. Zombie
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie
• pp.kpnet.fi/seirioa/cdenn/unzombie.htm

5. Dylan
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by Mr. Simmonds

Further reading:
• www.pnas.org/content/106/Supplement_1/10061.full
• www.ted.com/talks/alison_gopnik_what_do_babies_think#t-1089915
• www.newscientist.com/article/dn23401-emerging-consciousness-glimpsed-in-babies/

6. Forget Me Not (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by John Ellis

Further reading:
• www.uni-trier.de/fileadmin/fb1/PHI/Hoffmann_-_Dokumente/Dennett_-_Are_we_explaining_consciousness_yet.pdf
• www.edge.org/conversation/stanislas_dehaene-signatures-of-consciousness
• www.nature.com/news/2005/050620/full/news050620-7.html

7. Mary
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_argument
• ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/dennett/papers/RoboMaryfinal.htm
• www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdKEy6vcCMw

8. Cephalophile (feat. Alice Andrews)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, A. Andrews)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• ideas.ted.com/want-to-know-what-aliens-will-be-like-just-look-at-an-octopus/
• www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-consciousness-universal/
• neurobanter.com/2017/04/19/evidence-for-a-higher-state-of-consciousness-sort-of/

9. Wizard of Odds (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, S. Kindall, A. Ross)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by John Ellis

Further reading:
www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality
• www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~karl/Whatever%20next.pdf

10. Room
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room
• ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/dennett/papers/searle.htm

11. Ready for Implants
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, S. Kendall, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul

Further reading:
• www.theguardian.com/science/2010/feb/03/vegetative-state-patient-communication
• waitbutwhy.com/2017/04/neuralink.html

12. Can’t Stop
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by John Ellis
Cuts by Mr. Simmonds

Further reading:
• www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-marionettes-lament
• soundcloud.com/samharrisorg/free-will-revisited-a-conversation-with-daniel-dennett
• www.theguardian.com/science/2013/may/22/daniel-dennett-aristotle-flaming-idiot

13. Memes Up
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Caruana and John Ellis

Further reading:
• www.susanblackmore.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JCS03.pdf
• ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/dennett/papers/MEMEMYTH.FIN.htm
• bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-memes-101

14. Still Here (feat. Tymisha Harris)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, T. Harris)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further reading:
• www.brainpickings.org/2016/05/31/sean-carroll-the-big-picture/
• www.preposterousuniverse.com/poetic-naturalism/

15. N.E.R.D.
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, S. Kendall, A. Ross)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul

Further reading:
• www.theguardian.com/science/2011/may/15/stephen-hawking-interview-there-is-no-heaven
• www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-ldquo-you-rdquo-in-an-afterlife-wouldnt-really-be-you/

Keyboards, organ, piano, guitar, and Aaron Nazrul vocals on all songs recorded by Simon Kendall at Hammond Ave Studios.

Album Mastered by Morgan Sizer at Mozu Mastering

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THE RAP GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHAOS

A hip-hop tour of global warming science, exploring the temperature highs and ethical lows associated with this hot-button issue.

Reviews

“Deftly explores the science, politics, and psychology of this century’s toughest challenge, with 24 tracks that range from witty to contemplative”
–Sierra Magazine
www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-5-september-october/green-life/meet-baba-brinkman-science-educator-beat

“Takes listeners on a musical tour of the defining issue of our time, bringing much-needed color, clarity, and humor”
– Popular Science
www.popsci.com/rap-guide-to-climate-chaos

“Actually pretty amazing”
– Alleghany Front
www.alleghenyfront.org/this-guy-raps-about-climate-change-and-its-actually-pretty-amazing/

“Awesome! If you’re at all on the fence about climate change, this album alone should be enough to convince you”
– Fandomania
fandomania.com?p=84971

“Uses smart, satisfying rhymes to educate, question and opine over original beats”
– Huffington Post
www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/climate-change-rap-baba-brinkman_us_5717baa3e4b024dae4f0bae1

“If the thought of putting Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ into a lyrical blender with ‘Hamilton’ and sprinkling bits of Eminem’s ‘8 Mile’ over top sparks your interest, this might be the album for you”
– Geek Dad
geekdad.com/2016/09/rap-guide-climate-chaos/

“Apart from its chorus, the song ‘Lost in the Numbers’ pretty well summarises my view, so no complaints from me. I know it’s satire, but I’ll take what I can.”
– Matt Ridley

Credits

Released September 30, 2016

Song Credits & Further Reading:

1. Options
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul

2. I.P.C.C.
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further reading:
• www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/syr/
• climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

3. Keep It Positive
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further reading:
• genius.com/artists/De-la-soul

4. Greenhouse (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, A. Ross)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Chorus vocal production by Lin Gardiner
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen

Further Reading:
• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_climate_change_science
• www.skepticalscience.com/history-climate-science.html
• www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-15874560

5. Party Don’t Stop
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
• www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-only-five-years-left-before-one-point-five-c-budget-is-blown

6. Run the Joules
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn
Additional vocals by Linda Kidder

Further Reading:
• waitbutwhy.com/2015/06/how-tesla-will-change-your-life.html
• 4hiroshimas.com

7. Mo Carbon Mo Problems
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
• twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/428414113463955457
• twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/265895292191248385
• twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/408977616926830592

8. What’s Beef (feat. Bill Nye)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
• www.skepticalscience.com
• www.climatedepot.com

9. Battle Lines
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
• www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/10/ultimate-climate-candidate-matrix

10. Lost in the Numbers
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Clarinet by Morgan Price
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul

Further Reading:
• quadrant.org.au/magazine/2015/06/climate-wars-done-science/

11. Bright Side
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

12. Fossil Fuel Ballers (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Chorus vocal production by Lin Gardiner
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen

Further Reading:
• www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/fossil-fuels-are-not-finished-not-obsolete-not-a-bad-thing/

13. Exxon Knew
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
• insideclimatenews.org/content/Exxon-The-Road-Not-Taken
• graphics.latimes.com/oil-operations/

14. Laudato Si
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, S. Kendall)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Simon Kendall, Geordie Hart,
Sean Ross, and Aaron Ross, aka The Monk Brothers

Further Reading:
• laudatosi.com

15. Yank the Plug
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
• www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/opinion/going-green-but-getting-nowhere.html

16. Make It Hot
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional vocals by Linda Kidder

Further Reading:
• www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-point-of-no-return-climate-change-nightmares-are-already-here-20150805

17. Regulators
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
• www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/06/paris-climate-change-summit-richard-branson
• www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/opinion/sunday/a-rare-agreement-on-climate-rules.html
• www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/13/peabody-energy-coal-mining-climate-change-denial-funding

18. Carbon Bubble (feat. Mariella)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, M. Gonzales)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Horns by Morgan Price

Further Reading:
• www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/opinion/sunday/lessons-for-climate-change-in-the-2008-recession.html
• www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/opinion/proof-that-a-price-on-carbon-works.html
• www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11Economy-t.html

19. Stranded Assets
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
• www.carbontracker.org/report/unburnable-carbon-wasted-capital-and-stranded-assets/
• www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-12-02/oil-investors-may-be-running-off-a-cliff-they-can-t-see
• https://www.carbonbrief.org/the-iea-weighs-in-on-stranded-assets-not-just-a-green-conspiracy

20. Ride Electric (feat. Fand)
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, C. Wood)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
• www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-clean-energy-revolution-gathers-speed/
• www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/30/bill-gates-breakthrough-energy-coalition-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-microsoft-amazon
• energy.gov/articles/renewable-energy-guy-qa-tvs-bill-nye

21. This or That
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
• www.wri.org/blog/2015/06/infographic-what-do-your-countrys-emissions-look
• www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/apr/13/can-game-theory-help-solve-the-problem-of-climate-change

22. Freedom Ain’t Free
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, L. Kidder)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Violin by Mark Ferris
Slide and electric guitar by John Ellis
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Linda Kidder

Further Reading:
• www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/dec/19/bastardised-libertarianism-makes-freedom-oppression

23. Stand Up
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

24. Makin’ Waves (feat. Gaia’s Eye)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, G. Nadler)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Linda Kidder

Further reading:
• www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/magazine/20wwln-lede-t.html

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THE RAP GUIDE TO RELIGION

A full-length concept hip-hop album about the evolutionary origins or religious instincts.

Reviews

“Brinkman is able to successfully combine mind-expanding academic knowledge but with beats that make you tap your fingers on the steering wheel and earworms that can stay in your head for days.”
– Daily Beast
www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/25/canada-s-white-rapper-takes-on-religion.html

“Terrific and informative”
 Huffington Post
www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-james-clark/baba-brinkman-rappin-reli_b_8516166.html

“A thought-provoking and hip exploration of some of humanity’s deepest concerns”
– This View of Life Magazine
evolution-institute.org/article/baba-brinkman-rapping-up-evolutionary-theories-of-religion/

“Major themes; big thinking”
– The Province
www.theprovince.com/touch/story.html?id=11516515

“Baba Brinkman is the Eminem of atheism and the Jay-Z of secularism—a rapping genius with biting wit that appeals to a whole new generation of free thinkers and humanists fed up with religion’s cultural dominance. His Rap Guide to Religion is for this decade what Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion was for the previous decade—a breakthrough work that changes peoples’ perspective.”
—Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of “The Moral Arc”

“Rap Guide to Religion is insightful, daring, and hilarious. An unforgettable exploration of one of humanity’s most enduring and puzzling experiences.”
— Ara Norenzayan, Professor of Psychology and Author of “Big Gods”

“A lyrical masterpiece that makes you bounce your head at the same time it makes you use it.”
— Peter Boghossian, Philosopher and Author of A Manual for Creating Atheists

“Baba Brinkman gets into your mind with music, drops in new ideas based on the latest science, and leaves you with a feeling of enlightenment.”
— Jonathan Haidt, Author of “The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion”

Credits

released October 23, 2015

Special thanks to the 314 Kickstarter backers who made this album possible.

Shouts out to John Teehan, Michael Blume, Stewart Guthrie, Richard Sosis, David Sloan Wilson, and Jonathan Haidt – thanks for your “peer review” input.

And thanks to Kate Smurthwaite for clarifying my thinking on the BIG QUESTIONS of religion.

Credits:

1. Invocation
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Cello by Peggy Lee

2. Religion Evolves
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Co-Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Further Reading: 1. bit.ly/1EdHXxU
2. bit.ly/1KeBTpD

3. God of the Gaps (Feat. Gaiaisi)
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Chorus Vocals by Gaiaisi
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Linder Kidder
Mixed by Lin Gardiner
Further Reading: 1. www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-as-anthropomorphism-an-interview-with-stewart-guthrie/
2. www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/04/08/398227737/what-the-god-of-the-gaps-teaches-us-about-science
3. www.michaelshermer.com/2013/07/gods-of-the-gaps/

4. Sapiosexual
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Further Reading:www.alisongopnik.com/papers_alison/Explain%20final.pdf

5. Give Thanks
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Further Reading: 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_detection
2. bit.ly/1KeBOlV

6. Bad Things Happen
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Mixed by Lin Gardiner
Further Reading:www.mpmlab.org/Gray%20&%20Wegner%20(2010).%20Blaming%20God%20for%20our%20Pain.%20PSPR.pdf

7. Theory of Mind
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Co-Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
www.livescience.com/20654-autism-belief-god.html

8. Byproduct to Benefit
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals and Guitars by Tom Van Deursen
Further Reading: genealogyreligion.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adaptationist-Byproduct-Debate-Sosis.pdf

9. Spread It
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Co-produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Further reading: 1.robboyd.abcs.asu.edu/HenrichBoydRichersonHumNat08.pdf
2. www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(09)00024-5/fulltext

10. Virus of the Mind
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitars by Tom Van Deursen
Further Reading (Pro): www.inf.fu-berlin.de/lehre/pmo/eng/Dawkins-MindViruses.pdf
Further Reading (Con):www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/sep/16/why-no-longer-believe-religion-virus-mind

11. Andrew Murray
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Further Reading (Science): blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/gods-little-rabbits-religious-people-out-reproduce-secular-ones-by-a-landslide/
Further Reading (Andrew Murray):en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Murray_(minister)

12. Fertility Gods
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Violin by Todd Reynolds
Mixed by Lin Gardiner
Further reading: denisdutton.com/baumeister.htm

13. Supernatural Punishment
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Further Reading: 1. www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6251/918.full
2. press.princeton.edu/titles/10063.html

14. Neighborhood Atheism (Feat. Greydon Square)
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds, G. Square)
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Additional Keys by Simon Kendall
Guest verse by Greydon Square
Further reading: www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-atheists-we-distrust/

15. Imagine
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Piano and Organ by Simon Kendall
String Arrangement by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Further reading: www.naturalism.org/spirituality

Strings and additional keyboards on all songs except 12 recorded by Simon Kendall at Hammond Ave Studios.

Album Mastered by Mr. Simmonds

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THE RAP GUIDE TO MEDICINE

A sonic exploration of the ultimate origins of disease in our evolutionary past, from trade-offs between reproduction and survival to mismatches between ancient and modern environments. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infection, obesity, and even the aging processes in our very cells obey the logic of evolution. To better answer questions about how to cure disease, medicine must first ask Why We Get Sick.

Credits

released March 18, 2015

All tracks written by D. Brinkman and J. Simmonds except track 8, written by D. Brinkman and T. Caruana
All tracks produced, mixed and mastered by Mr. Simmonds, track 8 co-produced by Tom Caruana
Additional keys on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 by Simon Kendall
Additional vocals on tracks 3 and 6 by Aaron Nazrul

Made with support from the International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health, the ASU Center for Evolution and Medicine, the Perlstein Lab, and the Society for Applied Microbiology.

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THE CANTERBURY TALES REMIXED

Gritty retellings of four of Chaucer’s most unforgettable Canterbury Tales, plus the epic stories of Beowulf and Gilgamesh, The Canterbury Tales Remixed takes you on an auditory journey into the distant past, accompanied by the epic cinematic music production of Mr. Simmonds.

Reviews

“Takes storytelling to a whole new level with highly impressive and hilarious anecdotal interpretations of classic tales.”

full review: thefindmag.com?p=19057

Review from Show Business Weekly:

“Warriors clash, badass thieves and thugs receive a brutal comeuppance, husbands fight a losing battle against wily wives and seducing lothiarios, villages are plagued by sinister forces of nature… Like ancient listeners gathered around the fire, we want to hear more.”

full review: showbusinessweekly.com/article-1963-the-canterbury-tales-remixed.html

Credits

released April 15, 2012

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Mr. Simmonds

Mr. Simmonds Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrsimmondsmusic

Mr. Simmonds Music Page:
mrsimmonds.bandcamp.com

Music Videos

No videos

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THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION REVISED (2011)

Scientifically peer-reviewed hip-hop album exploring Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection. Revised, remixed, and updated from the 2009 version by Mr. Simmonds.

Reviews

Exclaim Magazine Review:
“An intelligent and fun album that will have you looking at music in a whole new way.”
exclaim.ca/Reviews/HipHop/baba_brinkman-rap_guide_to_evolution_revised

New Scientist Magazine Review:
“Brinkman gives eloquent voice to pain without committing a fallacious appeal to nature.”
blogs.scientificamerican.com/doing-good-science/2013/03/31/cd-review-baba-brinkman-the-rap-guide-to-evolution-revised/

Credits

released June 26, 2011

All songs produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Mr. Simmonds.

Natural Selection 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Guitar: Tom Van Deursen
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds

Black-eyed Peas
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds

I’m A African 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds

Creationist Cousins 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall

Survival Of The Fittest 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall

Group Selection 2.0
Featuring Smoky Tiger, The Boom Booms & Dizraeli
D. Brinkman, E. Brinkman, A. Courtnage,
A. Ross, S. Ross, J.Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Chorus Vocals: Aaron Nazrul, Sean Ross,
Smoky Tiger, Dizraeli
Outro Vocals: Aaron Nazrul, Sean Ross,
Smoky Tiger, Dizraeli, Erik Brinkman

Worst Comes To Worst 2.0
Featuring Dizraeli
D. Brinkman, R. Sawday, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Guitar: Dizraeli

Dr. Tatiana
Featuring Helen Arney
H. Arney, D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Ukulele: Helen Arney

Sexual Selection 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall

Hypnotize 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Chorus Vocals: Noa Bodner

Used To Be The Man
Featuring Aaron Nazrul
D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Guitar: Tom Van Deursen
Outro Vocals: The Boom Booms

Don’t Sleep With Mean People
D. Brinkman, S. Kendall
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Guitars: Tom Van Deursen

Performance, Feedback, Revision 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: J. Simmonds

Darwin’s Acid 2.0
D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall

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THE RAP GUIDE TO WILDERNESS

Developed in collaboration with The WILD Foundation, this hip-hop celebration of wild nature explores the many contributions of wilderness to human wellbeing. 50% of the net profits from each album sale are donated to WILD to advance their wilderness conservation efforts. Engineered, co-produced, and mixed by Lin Gardiner at Super G Music Studios.

Reviews

“Way more interesting (and intellectual) than anything I’ve ever heard from Macklemore.”
– Audubon
www.audubon.org/news/review-rap-guide-wilderness

“Brinkman spins complex and well constructed narratives that are so clever they make most superstar rappers look like schoolyard braggarts.”
– BC Musician Magazine
www.bcmusicianmag.com/baba-brinkmans-rap-guide-to-wilderness-by-dave-o-rama/

“Offers a lively and surprisingly sophisticated take on science.”
– Nature
blogs.nature.com/aviewfromthebridge/2015/01/28/the-wilder-side-of-hip-hop/

“The lyricism at its best is both incredibly funny and relentlessly honest”
– Technician Online
www.technicianonline.com/features/article_4c6f0db2-9a18-11e4-af9f-bba6b16570b9.html

“Brinkman’s clever lyrics and academic allusions bring a level of sophistication to the work, while still remaining accessible to listeners.”
– The Peak, SFU
www.the-peak.ca/2015/01/alumnus-baba-brinkman-goes-wild/

“Brinkman’s talent for placing smart lyrics over a complex and pleasing groove is unquestioned here… not only beautifully mixed, but also easy to listen to.”
– Mother Nature Network
www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/rap-guide-to-wilderness-gives-advocacy-a-new-beat#ixzz3M4aaAtKi

“Been listening to @BabaBrinkman’s brilliant album all day. If you love nature and love music, you’ll love this”
– George Monbiot
twitter.com/GeorgeMonbiot/status/534337703991848960

“A good flow, a fine ear and a well-developed intelligence, all deployed on a disc about environmentalism.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/new-cds-in-stores-this-week-b99407500z1-285968051.html

“A smart and insightful hip hop celebration of nature conservation”
– BBC Wildlife Magazine
twitter.com/WildlifeMag/status/552127466794647553

“Baba Brinkman isn’t just a rah-rah green cheerleader. His lyrics take us deeper into the problems environmentalists must wrestle with.”
– Ecoshock Radio
www.ecoshock.info/2014/12/we-cant-all-go-back-to-land-or-well.html

“It’s good. It’s really good”
– Purple Revolver
www.purplerevolver.com/music/new-music-releases/124282-baba-brinkman—a-rapper-who-raps-about-literature-and-science.html

“Brinkman has a knack for communicating complex and difficult subjects in refreshing, digestible and impactful ways.”
– Samaritan Magazine
www.samaritanmag.com/musicians/baba-brinkman-offends-some-people-rap-guide-wilderness#sthash.ehuoofUC.dpuf

“A thought-provoking album that captures the spirit of conservation”
– TreeHugger.com
www.treehugger.com/culture/rap-guide-wilderness-celebrates-wild-nature-and-ways-it-enriches-our-lives.html

Credits

released December 16, 2014

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 Produced by Soulful Spider
Tracks 3, 7 and 8 Produced by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall on Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen on Tracks 2 and 6
Guitar by Andreas Schuld on Track 8
Accordion by Simon Kendall on Track 8
Chorus by Aaron Nazrul on Tracks 2 and 8
Chorus by Tia Brazda on Track 3
Violin by Todd Reynolds on Track 4
Chorus by Sean Ross on Track 5
Chorus by Wyckham Porteous on Track 6
Bass by Geordie Hart on Track 6
Tracks 1-7 Mixed and Co-Produced by Lin Gardiner
Track 8 Mixed and Mastered by Tom Caruana
Album Mastered by Mr. Simmonds
Special Thanks to Miss Maggie

THE RAP GUIDE TO HUMAN NATURE (2010)

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Brighton hip-hop virtuoso Mr. Simmonds, Human Nature is Volume Two of Baba’s “peer-reviewed” Rap Guide series, exploring the science of evolutionary psychology and some of the bizarre behavior patterns of the world’s most fascinating primate species.

Reviews

“An inspired, groove heavy, high production values record with a wonderful lyrical touch.”
– Mind Hacks
mindhacks.com/2010/08/02/down-and-dirty/

“If Eminem and Dawkins had a baby, Baba Brinkman would be the result… does a wonderful job at explaining what makes science so important.”
– Elephant Journal
www.elephantjournal.com/2011/01/rap-guide-to-human-nature/

“A genius work of popular culture attempting to integrate itself with the current level of human knowledge.”
– Refresher Towel
refreshertowel.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/the-rap-guide-to-human-nature/

“I’m no hip-hop connoisseur – in fact I’ve never really listened to it – but I’ve enjoyed the music of this album as much and possibly more than the science contained within his lyrics and it has made me want to try out more rap.”
– Spotisfaction
www.spotisfaction.co.uk/2010/10/14/review-baba-brinkman-rap-guide-to-human-nature-independent-2010/

Credits

released August 1, 2010

All tracks Producer, Mixed, and Mastered by Mr. Simmonds

Instrumentals available here:
mrsimmonds.bandcamp.com/album/the-rap-guide-to-human-nature-instrumentals

Credits

You Can’t See Me
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Aaron Nazrul
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
Chabris & Simons, The Invisible Gorilla
Robert Trivers, “Elements of a Scientific
Theory of Self-Deception”
Robert Wright, The Moral Animal

Hypothesis 1 (Creationism)
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
www.creation.com

No Bugs On Me
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
Geoffrey Miller, Spent (Chapter 12)
Jonathan Haidt, www.ted.com
Google: behavioral immune system
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBU6-XK2v54

David Buss Message
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds, D. Buss)

Hypothesis 2 (Spiritualism)
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
www.eckharttolle.com

The Planter’s Dilemma
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Additional Reading:
D. S. Wilson, The Neighborhood Project
www.brinkmanforest.ca

Hypothesis 3 (Social Constructivism)
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds

She’s Ovulating
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Additional Reading:
Alverne & Lummaa, “Does the contraceptive
pill alter mate choice in humans?” (TREE)
Google: ovulation and mate choice

Short Term Mating Dance
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
David Buss, Evolutionary Psychology (Chapter 6)

Parental Investment
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Additional Reading:
Sarah Hrdy, Mother Nature

The Evolution of Gayness
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
Olivia Judson, Dr. Tatiana’s Sex
Advice to All Creation (Chapter 9)

Olivia Judson Message
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds, O. Judson)

Hypothesis 4 (Biological Determinism)
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds

Twin Studies
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Reading:
Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate

GOCASE
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Reading:
Geoffrey Miller, Spent

Wannabe G’s
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
Robert Trivers, “Self-Deception”
Chabris & Simons, The Invisible Gorilla (Chapter 3)
Daly & Wilson, Homicide
psych.mcmaster.ca/dalywilson

Hypothesis 5 (Evolutionism)
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Vocals: Noa Bodner
Additional Keys: Simon Kendall
Cuts: Mr. Simmonds
Additional Reading:
scienceblogs.com/evolution

David Sloan Wilson Message
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds, D. S. Wilson)

Fame in the Brain
(D. Brinkman, J. Simmonds)
Additional Reading:
Daniel C. Dennett, Sweet Dreams (Chapter 7)
ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/papers/cognition.fin.htm

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APOCALYPTIC UTOPIAN DREAMS IN THE WESTERN WILDERNESS (2009)

Baba’s fifth full-length hip-hop album, featuring Aaron Nazrul, Smoky Tiger, Erica Dee, Tia Brazda, Noa Bodner, and Chantel Upshaw, with production from Lucid Notion, Infinite Potential, Mr. Simmonds, and Tom Caruana (UK), and DJ NST (Germany). Engineered, co-produced, mixed and mastered in Vancouver by Lin G.

Credits

released September 30, 2009

Beat production by Soulful Spider, Tom Caruana, Lucid Notion, Mr. Simmonds, and DJ NST.

Album produced, mixed, and engineered by Lin G, Vancouver BC.

THE RAP GUIDE TO BUSINESS (2011)

Commissioned by the NYU Stern School of Business. Hustlers, gangsters, entrepreneurs, hip-hop music and business accumen combine in this 80’s-inspired tour of the corporate world. Written as a satirical business plan for Baba Brinkman’s whole Rap Guide enterprise, this album explores market economics, the intangibles of human capital, strategies for success, and corporate responsibility. The views expressed here are not necessarily the views of the Stern School of Business.

Reviews

no reviews yet

Credits

released September 30, 2011

All tracks produced, mixed, and mastered by Mr. Simmonds
www.mrsimmondsmusic.com

All lyrics written and performed by Baba Brinkman
www.bababrinkman.com

Additional Vocals by Jennifer Hamady
www.jenniferhamady.com

Album cover art by Noel Planet
www.noelplanet.com

Music Videos

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THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION (2009)

A hip-hop exploration of modern evolutionary biology, with songs about Sexual Selection, Artificial Selection, Altruism, Morality, and Unity of Common Descent.

Reviews

“This is rap with an intelligent twinkle in its eye” Trends in Evolution and Ecology

https://www.bababrinkman.com/press/TREE_RGE_Review.pdf

Credits

released August 1, 2009

Produced by Soulful Spider, Tom Caruana & Nokz
Engineered and mixed by Soulful Spider
Mastered by Mr. Simmonds
Executive Produced and written by Baba Brinkman

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THE INFOMATIC EP

Better science communication through hip-hop. This album was conceived during our one-month songwriters-in-residency position at NIMBioS in Knoxville, Tennesee in 2012. It features five tracks of auditory goodness produced by Mr. Simmonds, exploring allo-parenting, prosimians, oxytocin homologues, cladistics, population modelling, climate change, pseudo-science accommodationism, the homophobic paradox, and the applicability of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad references to science rap.

Credits

Better science communication through hip-hop.

Written and produced with support from NIMBioS:
www.nimbios.org

(The views expressed in this recording are those of the artists, and may not reflect the official position of NIMBioS)

Released November 10, 2012

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mr. Simmonds
www.mrsimmondsmusic.com

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LIT-HOP (2006)

Recorded on tour in 2006, Baba’s seminal expression of the lit-hop genre.

Reviews

“Hype, fist-pumping productions… a versatile, skilled debut”

http://exclaim.ca/music/article/baba_brinkman-lit-hop

Credits

  1. GENESIS (Brinkman/Beeby)

Produced by Lucid Notion

Additional Production & Mix: Lin G

 

  1. STEP INSIDE (Brinkman, Tenino, Ross, Moka, Gardiner)

Original Beat Production: Moka Only

Featured MC: Junk

Featured Vocalist: Aaron Ross

Guitars: Zayne

Produced and Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. BLIND FAITH (Brinkman, Kimber,

Clarke, Rompani, D’Costa, King)

Produced by Torez

Featured MC: Josh Martinez

Harmonica: John Tennant

Additional Production & Mix: Lin G

 

  1. MAD STYLE DISEASE (Brinkman, Sawday, I.Pot.)

Produced by Infinite Potential

Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. SOCIAL CONTRACT (Brinkman/Beeby)

Produced by Lucid Notion

Featured vocals: Jena Fair

Guitars: Zayne

Additional Production & Mix by: Lin G

 

  1. JOHN DEERE GREEN (Brinkman, Moody, Diffie)

Produced by Johnny Quality

Additional Production & Mix: Lin G

 

  1. COPYRIDIN’ (Brinkman/Tennant)

Original beat production: John Tennant

Guitars: Zayne

Scratches: DJ Timothy Wisdom

Chorus Vocals: The Copyriders

Produced & Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. MELLOW DRAMA (Brinkman/Beeby)

Produced by Lucid Notion

Guitars & Bass: John Beeby

Female vocals: Jomega

Additional production & Mix: Lin G

 

  1. THE VORTEX (Brinkman, Sawday, I.Pot.)

Produced by Infinite Potential

Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. SEDUCTION (Brinkman, Sawday, I.Pot.)

Produced by Infinite Potential

Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. MINDSTATE (Brinkman/Beeby)

Produced by Lucid Notion

Additional Production & Mix: Lin G

 

  1. SYMPTOM (Brinkman/Gardiner)

Produced & Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. OH NO! (Brinkman, I.Pot., Ross)

Produced by Infinite Potential

Vocals: Aaron Ross

Mixed by Lin G

 

  1. LIT-HOP (Brinkman/Gardiner)

Scratches DJ Timothy Wisdom

Produced and Mixed by Lin G

 

All songs engineered and mixed by Lin G