"Brainpower", in real life known as Gertjan Mulder, is a Dutch-language rapper, born in 1975.
Gertjan was born in Antwerp as son of a minister. He was raised in Alphen aan den Rijn, where he became a fan of hip hop and rap. In 1994, he enrolled at Amsterdam University and studied Communication Science.
In 1998, as Brainpower, he entered the Grote Prijs van Nederland -a national talent show in music- in the categories R&B and hip hop, winning both the jury prize and the public's appreciation prize. In 1999, he had his first Top-40 hit together with several other Dutch-language rap artists, all featuring on the Extince track ''Zoete Inval'' ("Sweet Incursion"). In 2000, Brainpower was both seen and heard in the video clip of the song ''Als niet Als'' ("If not If"), by the renowned musicians of Doe Maar. In that same year, he had his first solo hit, ''Door Merg en Brain'' ("Through Marrow and Brain").
In 2001, Brainpower released his first album, named after the hit single ''Door Merg en Brain''. It contains a number of songs with an emotional touch, like the famous ''Je Moest Waarschijnlijk Gaan'' ("You Probably had to Go"), referring to the suicide killing of one h...