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Baba Brinkman looks at belief through hip-hop

Baba Brinkman is a playwright-rapper from East Meadow

Baba Brinkman is a playwright-rapper from East Meadow who has a new album out called "The Rap Guide to Religion." Credit: Tavakoli Photography

Baba Brinkman really gets rapped up in his work.

The East Meadow playwright-rapper's sixth album, "The Rap Guide to Religion," based on his Off-Broadway play, drops Friday, Oct. 23, and follows in the tradition of his earlier discs like "The Rap Guide to Business."

Brinkman, 36, has written several plays, starting with "The Rap Canterbury Tales," which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, 2005 and 2007. He has also written and performed in several Off-Broadway plays, starting with 2011's "The Rap Guide to Evolution,” which ran off-Broadway for five months and was adapted into an album. His other productions were “The Canterbury Tales Remixed”, “Ingenious Nature”, and most recently “Rap Guide to Religion.”

The stage version of "The Rap Guide to Religion" had a seven-month run at Manhattan's SoHo Playhouse and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. He's now adapted the content of the show into an album of 15 songs.

Next, he'll follow "Religion" with "The Rap Guide to Climate Change," which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; he hopes to bring it to Off-Broadway. "I've always been academically inclined," Brinkman says. "The plays do involve a whole lot of research. And some of the ideas presented in the research are so relevant, I always think more people should know about this."


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