Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

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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90
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

85
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

80
Yes Broadway

"Baba is a middle-class white Canadian rapper...and he is brilliant. He's so incredibly likable and, more importantly, extremely gifted at rhyming. You'll learn about science via 'Rap Guide to Consciousness' the same effortless way you learn about history via 'Hamilton'...An epic freestyle at the end is worth the price of admission alone, but the 80 minutes leading up to that are also very awesome." Full Review

95
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

90
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

90
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

85
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

85
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

80
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

80
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

80
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

80
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

70
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


97
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

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

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.

94
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

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.

94
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.

94
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

90
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

90
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

90
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

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

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

88
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.

88
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.

86
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like rap or you are interested into knowing more about consciousness.

Don't see it if you don't like rap or the topic isn't interesting for you.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining

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

86
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

86
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.

85
Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Quirky, 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.

85
Funny, Clever, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy conscious thinking, rap and/or philosophical debates overall. Baba is very talented.

Don't see it if you’re a positive/negative heckler, we had a positive one but it was still annoying. Baba addressed it perfectly during his freestyle

82
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

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

Don't see it if Closedminded

81
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like to learn interesting subjects via rap.

Don't see it if You don't like rap.

80
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

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy Science and have a understanding of neuroscience already.

Don't see it if You dislike rap, and/or monologues.

80
Cerebral, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enlightening

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

80
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.

79
Funny, Clever, Dizzying

See it if If you like something different, want to to learn in an unusual way

Don't see it if If you only want to be entertained and not want be challenged to think as well.

79
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


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