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Rap Guide to Culture

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking

About the show

SoHo Playhouse Resident Artist Baba Brinkman explores cultural evolution and the power of social norms in his new hip-hop science comedy. More…

From the show:

SoHo Playhouse Resident Artist Baba Brinkman explores cultural evolution and the power of social norms in his new hip-hop science comedy, seeking solutions to today’s divisive culture wars in the latest research. Rap Guide to Culture premieres at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to an off-Broadway run.

Baba is also presenting a rotating selection of his best-loved "Rap Guide to..." shows in rotation, a scientific hip-hop theater cycle that seriously (and humorously) tackles the most challenging questions of our age: Who are we? Where did we come from? And where are we going?


Member Reviews (24)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking
79
Avg Score

73
Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if Even if you dont like hip hop ir rap music Baba Brinkman give an excellent performance. If you want a show that's fun to watch.

Don't see it if If you hate hip hop music or a genre like this.

80
Cultural, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you want to witness another engaging, educational, witty 'Ted Rap' that combines the history of hip-hop, world culture & the artist himself.

Don't see it if you don't like freestyle rap or audience participation. [The success of each performance is largely dependent upon an active audience].

Also This is the most personal of Brinkman's Rap Guides, relating more biog... Read more Read less

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to learn while being entertained with some hip hop music, some made up on the spot, interesting visual projections & a good artist.

Don't see it if you do not like the music, do not like scientific evidence or one person shows.

Also A bit disappointed as this show started 20 minutes late, ran long, wit... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Clever

See it if You want an mix of scientific thought & personal history told through rap & hip-hop music. You want to be entertained while you learn.

Don't see it if You don't like rap & hip-hop. You want 1 of Baba's more scientific shows: this one's his most personal. Your political views skew right.

80
Refreshing, Unfocused, Quirky, Smart, Fun

See it if you want to see a hip hop take on culture, gender, race, science, literature. Original clever, and different. Brinkman is very engaging.

Don't see it if you don't like hip hop or one man shows. A bit repetitive but still worth seeing.

Also I haven't seen his other shows but this one seemed a bit all over the ... Read more Read less

78
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like to be intellectually challenged and learn from a performance. This is more of a lecture with rap than a theatre piece. But fun, too

Don't see it if you don't want to hear rap or learn about hip-hop culture, culture in general, gender and sex. It is information-packed. But worth seeing.

80
Another baba brinkman hip-hop learning experience, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if If you like hip-hop and you're not opposed to getting a little knowledge on the side, this combo will delight you.

Don't see it if If you hate hip-hop and don't want any scientific learning with your entertainment, take a pass on this.

75
Quirky, Educational, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Charming Baba again showing his talent but not as developed as some of his other Guides

Don't see it if Do not like Rap or one man shows

79
Masterful, Exquisite, Clever

See it if want to extend knowledge about rap or get some basic ideas about rap. The show is good for people who knows and who never listen to rap

Don't see it if expecting to get rap guide to culture-you will not get it. Will be improvisations, little from science, sociology, biology, study of sexes

Also very talented performer and show creator, who is acting not as stereot... Read more Read less

80
Profound, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to learn about how we shape and are shaped by culture. You like science and rap. You like (mild) audience participation.

Don't see it if You don't like rap or would prefer not to learn anything at the theater. Honestly, this is good, even though he NEVER mentions PE or Run-DMC

78
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Though not really a fan of hip-hop I found this performance very entertaining and educational. Baba Brinkman was quite the performer.

Don't see it if Not interested in trying something new and you dislike Hip Hop

Also I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick from show score. Someone who's r... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like science, you like rap, you like to think and of course, if you like Baba Brinkman

Don't see it if you don't want to actively participate. The show is made better by its audience.

78
Masterful, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like Baba's work. Or would like to find out if you do. He's definitely a unique talent, crazy smart & courageous.

Don't see it if you hate rap or want a story arc. This is more education entertainment. But worthwhile

Also I've now seen 4 or 5 of Mr. Brinkman's one man shows. They're hard to ... Read more Read less

85
Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Like things unconventional, mid-stretching, intelligent but fun? Hear Baba rap. Great stuff: like juggling with your mind.

Don't see it if You know everything about everything. But you don't have to like rap to like Baba.

75
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Baba, rap, even if you're not a fan of either it's something to experience. This is the 3rd time I've seen Baba...talent.

Don't see it if I enjoyed his other shows better than this one but still entertaining.

74
Dizzying, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you think you'd like an edgy Ted Talk with spoken lecturing and sung rapping, including some improv.

Don't see it if you dislike non-traditional theater. I'm not a rap or hip-hop fan, but I enjoyed it a lot. But avoid it if that style of music repulses you.

Also Culture is a tough topic because it is so far reaching, so expect the ... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if See it is you like to learn, like creativity, and music.

Don't see it if You do not like one person shows or open to different perspectives and opinions.

90
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn about current thinking around societies and how they develop.

Don't see it if you're not willing to engage your brain. Or you hate hip-hop.

24
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you love Baba Brinkman?

Don't see it if you want to see a show? It's more a PPT presentation w/ some rap. The roadmap of the show is bizarre and there was little care for audience

87
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you might enjoy learning about aspects of cultural evolution told through talk and inventive rap idiom, with some engaging visuals.

Don't see it if you have no patience or tolerance for rap as a medium of communication

90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love hip hop and social science. It is a fabulous addition to the original rap guide series. See them all!

Don't see it if You don't like thought provoking one man rap shows...actually see it anyway. Baba is awesome.

86
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You enjoy a smart & funny one-man show. This show is really interesting & entertaining. Would love to see more like this, he was great.

Don't see it if You dislike rap, honest cultural discussions, or intimate performances.

80
Resonant, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you like science, rap and your sense of humor isn't on the sensitive side.

Don't see it if You don't like one man plays or don't want a learning experience.

95
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Epic, Clever

See it if Erudite funny shows that combine a tour de force survey of culture with the cutting edge science. Virtuoso free styling.

Don't see it if You never venture forth past the top 20.


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