Baba’s World


Baba Brinkman is back in the news: His new song, Off That, is an attack on superstition and pseudoscience, and it has gone viral (well, within the science geek community, anyway). Think Buck 65 meets David Hume and you have the flavour of it.

I’ve been a fan of the west-coast hip-hop poet/storyteller ever since I saw him do his rap version of the Canterbury Tales at a museum in Ottawa five or six years ago. “This is gonna suck,” I remember telling a friend, as we stood around drinking crappy wine and wishing we were anywhere but the wilds of east Ottawa. And know what? I was wrong, the show was frigging amazing.

And so I was gobsmacked when he and Dizraeli put together a hip-hopera called The Rebel Cell (partially inspired by The Rebel Sell), which played to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 and 2009. That was followed by The Rap Guide to Evolution, and now he’s off to the middle east, for performances of the Rebel Cell in Egypt and Israel. Go, buddy.

Here’s Off That:

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Baba’s World

  1. You fail to mention that Baba is Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murrays son. I too have enjoyed his music for some time.

    • I didn't mention it because I didn't think it was relevant. He doesn't go around advertising it, so I didn't figure it was my place to do so.

  2. Imagine Eminen with a vocabularly, a decent education and a sense of humour. Oh, and talent.

  3. Wow that video is insane.

  4. Simply excellent vid. Great stuff. Thanks for the link, Potter.

    • my pleasure. Baba's dynamite, this vid really knocks it out of the park.

  5. That was awesome! I think I need to check out his Canterbury Tales album, because if it's half as good, it'll still be pretty entertaining.

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