Baba Brinkman is a rap artist, science communicator, and award-winning playwright based in New York, NY.
Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of science-themed plays and albums, Baba has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway. The series so far includes rap guides to Evolution, Human Nature, Religion, Climate Change, Consciousness, and the brand-new Rap Guide to Culture.
Called “Astonishing and brilliant” by the New York Times, Baba is a Scotsman Fringe First Award winner for Exceptional New Writing, and a two-time Drama Desk Award Nominee, for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Unique Theatrical Experience”. He has performed live on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and shared stages with science luminaries including Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Baba is also a winner of the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin Award” for his efforts to popularize evolutionary biology.
In addition to his science rap, Baba is a pioneer in the genre of “lit-hop” or literary hip-hop, with rap adaptations of Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Baba tours and performs regularly and has spoken at several TEDx conferences and performed at the World Science Festival. His latest science/rap/comedy show, about the neuroscience of consciousness, recently concluded an eight-month run off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse.
London Evening Standard, Rap Guide to Consciousness
“He is not the world’s coolest rapper, but he might be the funniest and most well-read. Exercise any free will you have and buy a ticket.” ★ ★ ★ ★
Economic Times of India, Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
“Breaks down climate change debates in a fun yet factually-correct way“
Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rap Guide to Consciousness
“Rapper and science communicator Baba Brinkman freestyles a rap about the show that just happened”
New York Times, Rap Guide to Religion
“Very funny and very educational… like attending the best TED talk ever, with musical breaks”
New York Times, Rap Guide to Evolution
“Astonishing and brilliant… fizzing energy and spell-binding charisma”
Popular Science, Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
“A musical tour of the defining issue of our time… Brinkman’s lyrical stylings bring much-needed color, clarity and humor”
Plays to See, Canterbury Tales Remixed
“A spectacular show that sets the bar high for comedy” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★