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: