“Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist and award-winning playwright. To date, Brinkman has written seven hip hop plays and released more than a dozen rap albums, toured the world, and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway in New York.Brinkman is a pioneer in both science-based rap and also “lit- hop” or literary hip hop, and he’s known for his adaptations of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh.
However, he is best known for his “Rap Guide” series. The first of those, The Rap Guide to Evolution (“Astonishing and brilliant” – NY Times), won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination and was featured on US national TV on The Rachel Maddow Show and at the Seattle Science Festival opening for Stephen Hawking. Baba is a recent recipient of the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin Award” for his efforts to improve the public understanding of evolutionary biology.
His play, Rap Guide to Consciousness, was a hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe exploring the material basis of brain science in hip hop form. ”