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Baba Brinkman was born in British Columbia’s West Kootenays in 1978 and grew up in Vancouver. He is the child of B.C.’s tree-planting subculture, which was founded in the 1970s by his parents and their friends.
Brinkman planted trees himself every summer from 1994–2003, and has personally planted over a million trees. During this time he also earned a master’s degree in medieval and Renaissance literature from the University of Victoria. His thesis made connections between hip-hop culture and poetry in England in the fourteenth century.
Brinkman started rapping in 1998 at the age of nineteen, and he brings a rare literary aesthetic to his rap-poetry. Since graduating he has produced and distributed two full-length albums independently, Swordplay and The Rap Canterbury Tales, as well as two EPs and dozens of collaborations. He also toured the performance piece “The Rap Canterbury Tales” to arts festivals around the world in 2004–05, including Edinburgh, Montreal, Prague, London and San Francisco. In the spring of 2005 he was sponsored by Cambridge University’s English Department to perform in dozens of schools in the U.K.
Between frequent tours and recording projects, Brinkman currently resides in Vancouver.
February 2013 : Baba Brinkman Wins Friend of Darwin Award!
October 2012 : Welcome Back, Brinkman!
January 2012 : The Rap Guide to Evolution! on MSNBC
August 2011 : Rappin' Chaucer
March 2011 : Def Story Slam presents Buggin’ Out
January 2011 : Baba Brinkman at CUSP Conference 2010
December 2010 : The Pardoner's Tale - Baba Brinkman
September 2010 : Off That (Rationalist Anthem) - Baba Brinkman
QUOTES OF NOTEThe Rap Canterbury Tales
It’s a fun, crisp, non-literal translation of Chaucer’s work that, at its very best, captures the verve and stylized rhymes of its inspiriation.
— Bloomsbury Review
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program; and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.