New York | 1h 15m | Ends Apr 02

Rap Guide to Consciousness

From 12 critic and 134 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.

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

Theatre is Easy

"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, the artistry of the show also deserves to be highlighted...A delight for the intellectual...A delight for the rap junkie...A delight for stoners and for STEM fielders." 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart, Hilarious, Stimulating, Original, Profound

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

Wholly one of a kind

See it if you're curious and unafraid of the complexities of life--and existence--and thus of ourselves. Wholly unique, challenging and entertaining

Don't see it if you'd rather be spoon-fed pablum for entertainment

Also Baba's evolved into an ecstatically happy dad-rapper who happens to be... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you are a cerebral sort who can let your hair down.

Don't see it if you are adverse to leaving the theater feeling a bit more intelligent than when you came in.

Also I believe that this is the third 'Rap Guide to . . . ' show written an... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like intellectually stimulating shows and/or rap

Don't see it if You don’t want to be forced to think during a show.

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, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Baba Brinkman is a genius and a warm one at that. He is a force of nature, consciousness and most theatrical. Inventive and instructive

Don't see it if If you are a fuddy duddy.

Also While a lot of the information went over my head as I am not a science... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if See it, even if Rap is not your thing. He is brilliant.

Don't see it if Just see it: you'll never forget Baba and his impact.

Absorbing, Great writing, Refreshing, 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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

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

Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn things and be entertained at the same time. Baba had me on the Brink of sheer happiness. Great show for people of all ages

Don't see it if A little bit of cursing will offend you. Otherwise go and see why The NY Times endorses this great one man show

A white, canadian science rapper. and he's freestylin

See it if You are interested in science, have a sense of humor, and are open to different ways of expressing ideas.

Don't see it if You are interested in seeing a lavishly staged, multi character performance.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you want a very unique take on a science lecture (rap!). Baba is incredibly talented and the show really makes you think. I'd see him again.

Don't see it if you like learning only through traditional methods or if you really hate rap.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy learning things through entertainment.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy rap.

Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if A must see. Baba's delightful way to deliver his story,will keep your attention from the sec. he walks into the stage through the end

Don't see it if If you don't like rap or psycodhelic vibes

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a rap fan but want higher caliber subject matter. If the concept of Rap music on Mindful Consciousness intrigues you at all - GO!

Don't see it if You are looking for a non-cerebral theatre experience. You just can’t relate to rap music even if it’s about science vs. what makes us human

Also The show was very entertaining as well as educational, thought-provoki... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You appreciate something totally different in theatre.

Don't see it if You want a straight play or a musical.

Also This is a brilliant mix of rap and science. I was thoroughly entertain... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Your ready to learn a lot more than you did.

Don't see it if Oklahoma is more your thing.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Profound, Intelligent

See it if are you are interested in the science related to human consciousness and want to get entertained by the way science is presented

Don't see it if you don't like rap or solo shows

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

Super-smart, tremendous fun, and amazing, really

See it if you love scientific and intellectual excursions and you like rap music

Don't see it if you don't like rap and you think scientific inquiry is boring

Also I think Baba Brinkman might be a genius. So if you want to be intellec... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Hou enjoy intelligent thought provoking rap.

Don't see it if You have difficulty following fast paced rhymes

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, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to be entertained and also learn a few things

Don't see it if no good reason not to see it unless you don't like a good one person show

Also now I want to see his other shows

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

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