Baba Brinkman is a former tree-planter who worked in the Rocky Mountains of Canada every summer for more than ten years, personally planting over one million trees. He is also a scholar with a Masters in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. His thesis drew parallels between the worlds of hip-hop music and literary poetry. After graduating in 2003, Baba began his career as a rap troubadour.
Since 2004 Baba has toured his award-winning hip-hop theatre show, “The Rap Canterbury Tales”, to dozens of cities around the world, including two tours of Australia, three critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, several college campus tours of the USA, including Harvard, and frequent returns to the UK and Europe. His rap adaptations are now used in hundreds of classrooms around the world.
In 2007, Baba founded the indie record label Lit Fuse Records, and released the debut album “Butterfly Man” from up-and-coming Vancouver singer/songwriter Aaron Nazrul. The lead single “When the Night” was recently featured on network television on 90210, and the video enjoyed Top Ten rotation on Canadian MTV. Baba has also independently produced and released five solo rap albums through his label.
In 2008, Baba joined forces with UK BBC Slam Champion, MC Dizraeli, to form the hip-hop group Mud Sun, and they co-wrote and released two albums, including “The Rebel Cell”, a hip-hop play that was one of the biggest critical successes of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, winning the “Spirit of the Fringe Award”. The play has since toured the UK several times, and recently appeared at venues in Egypt and Palestine as part of a Middle Eastern tour.
Baba’s latest project, “The Rap Guide to Evolution”, won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009, and was a popular and critical smash. After the Fringe, he toured the “Rap Guide” to ten cities across the USA, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species. Never one to rest, Baba is currently working on “The Rap Guide to Human Nature”, which will debut at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe.
When he is not touring, Baba Brinkman resides in Vancouver.