MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Personal Statement

Baba Israel (IBA ’04, MFAIA ’08) is a New Yorker, hip hop emcee, poet, and beatboxer who has toured across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and the South Pacific performing with artists such as Outkast, The Roots, Rahzel, Ron Carter, Afrika Bambaataa, Vernon Reid, and Bill Cosby.

Baba has been featured on MTV, BET, and VH1, and in the films Breath Control, The Freshest Kids, Freestyle, and Hip Hop for Hope.

In 2008, he was selected as part of Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road, touring Asia and the South Pacific with the Dana Leong Project. Together with Yako 440, Baba was named in URB Magazine‘s prestigious NEXT 1000. Their latest album, “Beatbox Dub Poetics,” is available at CD BABY.

Baba is also active in his community, conducting workshops and assemblies at schools through Open Thought Arts and bringing theater to underrepresented communities through Playback NYC Theater Company, which he co-founded.

Baba Israel graduated from Goddard College first with a BA in Individualized Studies (IBA) in 2004, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) in 2008.

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