Rap Guide to Consciousness
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Rap Guide to Consciousness

Rap Guide to Consciousness NYC Reviews and Tickets

(143 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (143)

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52 Reviews | 12 Followers
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 Read more

72 Reviews | 45 Followers
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. Read more

70 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

217 Reviews | 79 Followers
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 Read more

56 Reviews | 10 Followers
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. Read more

150 Reviews | 24 Followers
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.

76 Reviews | 23 Followers
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.

90 Reviews | 16 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (12)

Theatre is Easy
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, 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."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
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 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."
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British Theatre Guide
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...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."
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The London Evening Standard
August 31st, 2017
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."
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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 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."
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Voice Mag
August 8th, 2017
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."
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Edinburgh Festivals
August 6th, 2017
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."
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August 11th, 2017
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."
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