Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Funny

About the show

After a successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Baba Brinkman brings his latest hip-hop comedy to the SoHo Playhouse. In it, he shines a light on free will, brain cells, and the science of consciousness.

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With subjects ranging from religion to climate change, Baba combines the intimacy of a one-man show with the humor, wit, and excitement of a rap concert to create an experience that defies genre classifications.

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"A novel blend of seemingly disparate elements in the arts, philosophy, and science, which holds widespread appeal for audiences of all interests and backgrounds who value talent, intelligence, and creativity. By my calculations, that should be pretty much everyone. Directed by Darren Lee Cole with a perfect balance of high physical energy and spot-on delivery...An ingenious look at the hard problem, filled with information and wit, and set to a sensational hip-hop score." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Baba Brinkman gives a new meaning to the term pop science. He attempts to explain some of the most difficult issues confronting scientists today to laymen via the medium of rap music...His intelligence is fearsome as demonstrated by a freestyle rap...using concepts thrown in by audience members...exudes a wicked sense of fun, which consistently shines through...This is a challenging show that makes good use of multimedia and educates as much as it entertains." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "Is it a comedy gig? A hip hop gig? A neuroscience lecture? 'Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide To Consciousness' is all three. You may well walk out laughing, humming and wondering if you are a human being or a robot...The locquacious Canadian employs case studies in an attempt to clarify what consciousness is...Brinkman wittily weaves together accessible ideas and inventive rhymes...There is lots to take in...Not the world's coolest rapper, but he might be the funniest and most well-read." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "His new show takes on the consciousness, the very mechanics of how our brain works...The material is strong and informative, and most importantly, Brinkman's raps are lyrical and amusing...He explores the effect he and his wife's consciousness had on their attraction to each other, relates Google's Deep Dream to the operation of our own minds, and ponders whether free will means anything with our increasing knowledge of how the brain works." Full Review

Edinburgh Festivals

for a previous production "Relevant, educational, and a huge amount of fun...Brinkman's dazzling lyrical skill is on full display. His flow is effortlessly fluent...Some formal flaws niggle. The structure feels spotty, as Brinkman struggles to tie the disparate topics together...At times, 'Rap Guide' feels more like a live hip hop album than a fully-fledged theatre piece...A consistently enjoyable and easily accessible intro to what, in less accomplished hands, could be a prohibitively esoteric topic." Full Review

The Edinburgh Reporter

for a previous production "'The Rap Guide To Consciouness' is incandescently, intensely odd, compulsively quirkily brilliant and profoundly intimate in that way geeky scientist have been on special courses for. The background research is hippocampus jaw-dropping. This is what happens when you marry a neuroscientist. Do not expect to understand at least half as much as you did before realising you will know infinitely more than you ever did before." Full Review

Three Weeks Edinburgh

for a previous production "Baba Brinkman is here to try to explain via some witty and informative rapping. Taking some pretty complex concepts, Brinkman breaks them down into understandable chunks, to give a flavour of the science behind what it means to be conscious, with a little help from some diagrams...Explores the different ways we experience the world around us, offering up some fascinating scientific findings. If you're looking for something a little different, Brinkman is well worth a visit." Full Review

Voice Mag

for a previous production "Baba Brinkman's intellectual rhymes are brilliant...A hip-hop sensation...Through a mixture of furious, fast-paced rapping and equally energetic explanations, Brinkman takes the audience on a mind-boggling journey...Brinkman's energy is boundless...keeping the audience engaged...There were times I found the show hard to follow, and that in turn detracted from the overall experience. You'd focus so hard on trying to catch what was said, you'd miss the next line." Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production "Part stand up gig, part lecture and part rap concert...An utterly charming and seemingly semi-autobiographical show and a sure-fire hit...Baba Brinkman has buckets of stage presence. He's funny, charismatic and not a bad rapper either...Refuses to condescend its audience...We are never allowed to be bored...There are many stand out moments...A show that is both brilliantly entertaining and hugely informative. It's also unlike anything else you'll see." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "This is a journey into our minds...Baba Brinkman journeys through the latest discoveries in brain science and shares it with us in rap. And, although the audience is slow to catch up to the complexities of what is being explained, he is a patient man and persists in a humorous and engaging way...Brinkman is a skillful communicator and a good rapper too...Brinkman could make any topic fascinating." Full Review

Winnipeg Free Press

for a previous production "The brilliance of this show comes in the balance; the only way a premise like this works is if the performer becomes an expert, and by the ease in which Brinkman dissects complex concepts relating to consciousness, it’s clear he has done more than his fair share of research...'Rap Guide to Consciousness' is clever, extremely entertaining and there’s a good chance you’ll walk out having learned something new. There’s not much more you can ask of a fringe show." Full Review

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Ambitious, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to get one guy's personal views on "reality" and "conciseness", presented in rap format.

Don't see it if it bothers you to hear someone present his beliefs as universal truths. Believing is seeing, not the other way around.

Funny, Dizzying, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a witty exploration of the conscious mind, and you enjoy intelligent rap.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows in small theaters with minimal staging, or if you do not like rap.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You like rap mixed with neuroscience. Baba is almost entertaining and clever as usual and tries to make a “ difficult “ subject “ lighter “

Don't see it if You don’t like rap/hip hop or if you have seen other Baba’s shows. This one is definitely not his best. You might be disappointed/confused

Absorbing, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You like rap, are a nerd, enjoy philosophical debate, or enjoy semi-interactive theater.

Don't see it if You're not into rap or philosophy.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Intellectual, want to be open to advancing yourself

Don't see it if Closedminded

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy neuroscience, rap & a different type of show that blends the two. Will enthrall you if you like to ponder psychological questions.

Don't see it if You don't like rap, want a mindless show (this definitely is not it) and want something larger than a one-man show.

Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Educational

See it if you like Baba Brinkman, science, and the brain.

Don't see it if science does not interest you.

Also Baba Brinkman is intelligent and funny and nice. I saw him last year t... Read more Read less

Profound, Indulgent, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You enjoye “heady” material in a rap with trippy video to match

Don't see it if You are not knowledgeable with science terminology and are not currently out to prove or disapprove a topic from The Big Bang Theory

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy different types of theater experiences and can be open to the idea of rap combined with science.

Don't see it if You are looking for a typical story in a show or you want something without depth.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy science and exploring the human mind

Don't see it if You are just looking to have a good time and not learn anything.

Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if If you buy into this concept, this is incredibly entertaining. He legit knowledgeably raps about science.

Don't see it if White Canadians are offensive to you

Original, Profound, Hilarious, Smart, Stimulating

See it if You want to have fun expanding your awareness and pondering the depth of what it means to be conscious

Don't see it if don't enjoy rap or want a simple show that doesn't involve much thinking

Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like Baba, rap and learning while being entertained

Don't see it if You dont like rap and you prefer topics not related to science

Also i like baba and his performances. i enjoy his raps and his talent for ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like solo shows using rap to elucidate scientific topics (how neurons work, octopus consciousness vs a human) & enjoy multi-media shows

Don't see it if explanations of technical aspects of a healthy brain vs a vegetative state and/or "consciousness" are not your idea of live entertainment

Also Canadian performer Baba Brinkman has many good ideas and a friendly de... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You like intellectual performance art. Brinkman brings his reliable intelligence, research and extraordinary rapper talent to the topic.

Don't see it if You don't like rap, science as entertainment, or one person shows.

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you're up for a fun, well written, and entertaining discussion of how your brain works.

Don't see it if I can't think of a good reason not to see this.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if u want 2b entertained & learn something. His rapping will win over hardcore hip-hop fans, but you don't need to love rap to love this show!

Don't see it if you don't want to learn a thing or two about the brain or consciousness

Thought-provoking, Profound, Hilarious

See it if You want to understand yourself a little better, and why we do what we do

Don't see it if You hate hip hop and learning anything

Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Profound, Great writing

See it if See it if you want to watch a brilliant mind and great man at work to unlock more wonder in the world for all of us curious minds and hearts

Don't see it if Don't see it if you love President Trump. Don't see it if you hate learning new things. Don't see it if you never want to be challenged.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Date night must

See it if you like ur rap peer-reviewed

Don't see it if you don't like rap peeriod.

Also What a great show. Perfect date night surprise for me and the old lady... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like intellectual theater, OR hip hop. Basically a nerdier Hamilton

Don't see it if You only enjoy big glitsy Broadway shows.. this is more intimate

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You are a hip-hop fan or if you are interested in neuroscience this is an essential show.

Don't see it if You hate music or learning

Also Perhaps Brinkman is a little quick to draw certain conclusions, he is ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to arm your mind with innovation to thwart off the bombardment of mediocrity that assaults our senses on a daily.

Don't see it if You are snowed in.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to see REAL science from the most recent breakthroughs put together in beautiful rap form. Be entertained and learn simultaneous!

Don't see it if You aren’t very fond of rap and you would rather spend your evening watching fiction and fantasy instead of accurate science and research.

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