Baba Brinkman is a former tree-planter who worked
in the Rocky Mountains of B.C. 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 Much Music.
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 Edinburgh Fringe, winning the "Spirit
of the Fringe Award".
His latest hip-hop theatre project, "The Rap Guide to
Evolution" won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award at the
Edinburgh Fringe in 2008, and will be touring the UK, Australia, and the USA in 2010.
Baba recently released his fifth solo album "Apocalyptic Utopian Dreams in the Western Wilderness", available now from iTunes and CD Baby.
When he is not touring, Baba Brinkman resides in Vancouver.