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Rap Guide to Consciousness

From 143 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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. More…

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.

Member Reviews (143)


Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing, Dope

See it if You want a fun way to learn a lot about your brain and how it works. Fun and engaging and very accessible yet seemingly well researched.

Don't see it if You hated Schoolhouse Rock or anything fun that snuck some learning in on you when you weren’t looking.

Also The rap here is Canadian white guy rap so it’s not exactly gangsta! Ev... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enlightening, Cerebral

See it if you want to see the Neil deGrasse Tyson of Canadian white rappers break down a highbrow topic into a relatable lesson on how the brain works

Don't see it if you want to turn your brain off (which Baba points out is not literally possible) & take in an easy show that doesn't require your attention

Also I have seen all iterations of Brinkman's Rap Guides & I found this one... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to learn while the presenter raps - he does an admirable job of presenting a lot of information in a relaxed and fun style.

Don't see it if you cling to every word - it is impossible to get it all due to fluctuations of the background music and a slight Canadian accent.

Great acting, Great singing

See it if Very entertaining rap songs, some of which have a bit of improv mixed in. Performer has audience shout things out/establishes great rapport

Don't see it if The "talkback" right before show ends could be trimmed/eliminated - he starts off with "how can I improve this show?"

Thought-provoking, Funny, At times dazzling, Entertaining, Hip hoppity

See it if appreciate skill of rap, want to think while you're entertained, enjoyed HAMILTON, want 2 B conscious, like answering back. participation

Don't see it if dislike rap, Canadians, audio visuals, audience call outs, babies named Dillon, anything that rhymes with Dillon, don't want 2 B conscious

Fascinating, Unusual, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you'd enjoy the world's only white Canadian who raps about science. Brinkman is one of a kind, and it's a lot to take in, but very cool!

Don't see it if you don't like rap or science, although this is relatively musical for rap, and what other theater piece teaches you about Bayesian logic??

Clever, One of a kind, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Baba Brinkman raps on the science of consciousness: prepare to be dazzled & entertained by both his written & freestyle raps. Deep and fun.

Don't see it if This is not a play in the usual sense but one man's exploration of the topic in rap with some video to help explain. Small scale, big punch.


See it if College seminar lecture on science's current understanding of consciousness via rap.Interesting thought experiments to illustrate his points

Don't see it if Science/facts annoy you. Dislike rap, esp. from a middle aged white guy.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

Entertaining, Relevant / resonant, Bit dizzying, Intelligent / funny, Refreshing / unique

See it if you're looking for something different. Masterful AND dizzying. Info is spewed in rapid-fire speed with no time to absorb & digest properly.

Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy intelligent talk combined w/excellent rap. Content might go over your head @ the moment, but worth discussing afterwards.

Also Baba's preparation & delivery is unequaled.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You have even a passing interest in: Philosophy, neurology, metaphysics, rap/hip-hop. You want a show where you can engage with artist.

Don't see it if You heavily dislike any audience participation. Dislike rap/hip-hop.

Also First off. Go see this show. I'm always a big fan of theatre that's as... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny, Dizzying, Intelligent

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.

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see a guy explain consciousness in plain English and in rap.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of rap.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you are interested in science told in another manner, which in this case is Rap, Very intelligently! This was my third time seeing him.

Don't see it if not a fan of rap or can't handle fast lyrics. If you are looking for a more traditional play or musical.

Also Baba Brinkman does an excellent job with not only his lyrical raps but... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You're the type to listen and absorb new unfamiliar concepts. Consciousness is what we all have and never thought about. Great experience

Don't see it if You don't like rap and don't want to have to think about what you're hearing.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you want to satisfy your curiosity about rap shows; you're open to something different and can engage with a new format regardless of plot

Don't see it if you're not open to listening and thinking through what is being presented; you mind audience participation (even if brief)

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like some science with your performance

Don't see it if you only walk the beaten path. There is nothing conventional or politically correct about this writing

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You need a break from plays&see something new.Not only it was entertaining but informative as well.Interacting wt audience shows his talent

Don't see it if You do not like rap, hip hop, science, psychedelic images, one man show, small intimate theater.

Also Baba is super knowledgable about neuroscience, and breaks it down the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Consciousness-raising, Perceptive

See it if one-man shows with a Canadian rapper who teaches you about life, consciousness, and brain science in a entertaining way really turns you on.

Don't see it if you don't like rap. Or perhaps you are a zombie with nothing inside your head.

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

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

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Informative

See it if You want to know know more about neuroscience and consciousness in a rap format.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy rap music.

Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like learning about the inside of your head/what makes us human. You like genuinely impressive freestyle rap & don't mind learning.

Don't see it if You dislike rap or how Canadians say "about," I guess? It's well worth your time otherwise.

Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in neuroscience, intelligent rap lyrics, or simply a thought-provoking evening

Don't see it if you don't like single performer shows or require high production values

Also To be fair, I have become a serious Baba Brinkman fan and will now see... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you want to see a 39 white rapper from western Canada rapping intelligently & scientifically about consciousness. I kid you not!

Don't see it if you feel only black people should wrap or want a razzle-dazzle theater experience.

Also I've seen 4 or 5 of Baba Brinkman's works. Clearly, I like them. A ver... Read more Read less

Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You're interested in the science of consciousness and curious how it's captured by a 39 year-old white Canadian rapper.

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, you don't like spoken word art pieces

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to hear a whole lot of theories about consciousness rapid-fire, but in a fun way.

Don't see it if you don't like rap or want a slower, more deliberate discussion of these theories.

Also I'd say this is the best of the rap guide series, no contest. Still pr... Read more Read less

March 29th, 2018
for a previous production "Brinkman is the nasty neuropsychology guru you wish you'd studied with in college, teaching you more with a rap than you'd ever learn in a textbook...As intellectually stimulating as a rapped TED Talk...The content and theories presented do, in themselves, make 'Rap Guide' worth seeing; however,...
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March 2nd, 2018
for a previous production "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 wi...
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May 31st, 2017
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....
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August 26th, 2017
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 Googl...
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