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 explore topics far outside the range of mainstream rap, including science, literature, environmentalism, technology, politics, psychology, and human behavior.
Baba Brinkman’s latest musical odyssey into the beautiful and terrible findings of modern science: evolution, climate change, reason, and evidence. Rap songs for thinking people in an era of alternative facts (aka falsehoods). On the bright side, apes can see from space.
Released July 2019
THE RAP GUIDE TO CONSCIOUSNESS
“Peer-reviewed rap” exploration of the neuroscience of consciousness, hip-hop music at the intersection of beats, rhymes, and brain cells.
Released April 2018
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.
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.
THE RAP GUIDE TO RELIGION
A full-length concept hip-hop album about the evolutionary origins or religious instincts.
Released October 2015
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.
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.
Released April 2012
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.
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.
Released December 2014
THE RAP GUIDE TO HUMAN NATURE
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.
Released August 2010
APOCALYPTIC UTOPIAN DREAMS IN THE WESTERN WILDERNESS
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.
Released September 2009
THE RAP GUIDE TO BUSINESS
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.
Released September 2011
THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION
Original hip-hop exploration of modern evolutionary biology, with songs about Sexual Selection, Artificial Selection, Altruism, Morality, and Unity of Common Descent.
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.
Released November 2012
Recorded on tour in the UK 2005-2006, Baba’s seminal expression of the lit-hop genre.
Released October 2006