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Rap Guide to Evolution

From 4 critic and 31 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

Baba Brinkman presents a hip-hop tour of modern evolutionary biology, winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and nominated for a Drama Desk Award off-Broadway. More…

Baba Brinkman combines the skills and charisma of a rapper with the precision of a scientist, offering deep insights into human nature and the origins of all living things, including rappers.

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Filled with complex ideas, engaging wit, and a high-energy beat that will leave you thoroughly enthralled, entertained, and educated...Brinkman concludes with a question-and-answer segment...which he then spontaneously incorporates into a final freestyle rap. So if you weren’t already blown away by his astonishingly fast-paced and flawless performance, sharp intellect, and natural charisma, this should accelerate your evolution into a full-fledged fan." Full Review

Tookra Times

for a previous production "He raps with great passion and is very good at it...Part theatre, part gig and part TED talk; it certainly explains evolution in a whole new way. Throughout the performance an extraordinary audio-visual show supports the narrative, showing film clips of very famous rap artists and images of evolutionary theories and designs, not unlike a university lecture. Brinkman's style is fresh, brave, and radical." Full Review

The West Australian

for a previous production "With the help of DJ Jamie Simmonds, Brinkman expounds on the theory of evolution with modern analogies, context, and data...Rap culture is the perfect case study for evolutionary psychology...This Canadian scholar and rap fan sizzles on stage as he rips rhythmically through strands of evolutionary theory with masterly command of the science...His lyrics are sharp and funny, whizzing by and exploding like missiles, each line crafted for maximum impact." Full Review


for a previous production "Brinkman goes far beyond making rap palatable to varied tastes – he uses it to intelligently and effectively discuss human behaviour, evolutionary psychology and the development and implications of evolutionary theory. Simply put, this guy is freaking brilliant...If he wasn’t, essentially, such a likeable and honest guy, the show wouldn’t work nearly as well...There is so much to this show – so much content to consider and so much talent on display." Full Review

Absorbing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy thoughtful, intelligent discussions and a new perspective on the evolution of rap. Brilliant writing!

Don't see it if You are looking for mindless entertainment. Don't enjoy rap

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful, Edgy

See it if You want a thought provoking way to think about life. Baba brings an amazingly trendy way to enjoy many different avenues of this world

Don't see it if If you don't like rap nor can comprehend intelligence

Entertaining, Must see, Genius, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to learn something, be entertained and enlightened. Baba is a talent!

Don't see it if You can't bear rap music, or hate thinking.

Humorous and intelligent explanation of evolution using rap to tell the story and as examples.

See it if You are interested in evolution and are open to learning about it in an innovative manner.

Don't see it if You want to see a big Broadway traditional musical.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a bio nerd, you appreciate intelligence, you like being challenged, you are a rap fan or you’re a wannabe rap god!

Don't see it if You are dim witted, you have a hard time listening to rap, even mild audience participation makes you uncomfortable.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy rap, evolution, deep conversation and/or want to be entertained. Baba is a genius, I’ve see Rap Guide to Consciousness also great.

Don't see it if Nothing bad to say, it’s a must see. Looking forward to the other versions of Rap Guide.

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if My whole family loves Baba - we see every show, even my rap-hating husband. Brilliant at conveying complex science but fun & funny

Don't see it if you aren't interested in evolution or in learning something. Or if you want a story or a full cast. Or you cannot imagine ever liking rap

Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Educational

See it if u want to see a smart, original, well-researched, inventive, entertaining, accessible (& one-sided) hip-hop TED Talk on Darwinism/Globalism.

Don't see it if you're a hardcore creationists (whose views are peremptorily dismissed very early in the show); you like to sleep with mean people.

Also I have seen all of Brinkman's Rap Guides & this was the 2nd time I've ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if You like to think and be challenged and laugh; this is super smart stand-up in an innovative package

Don't see it if You were hoping for more a traditional rap show, you want to laugh without also having to think

Relevant, Must see, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like intelligent and entertaining theater &, yes, he's actually a white Canadian rapper.

Don't see it if you only like things you consider the norm. This isn't that.

Also His intelligent and funky raps actually have research references and b... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to get some knowledge dropped on your dome.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of hip hop or rap or material that will challenge you or force you to pay attention.

Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You have an interest in rap and / or science, and are up to have your brain energized.

Don't see it if You don't like rap or science. And are looking for bigger productions.

Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you are a rapping fan and want it based on serious content. Ingenious creativity, word-play and unique show but you gotta love rapping.

Don't see it if Don't like hip-hop rap or want to just sit back and be entertained; it takes some effort to listen to everything and absorb it but worth it

Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like rap and smart topics. The show was very entertaining. Great job baba

Don't see it if You do not like rap

Great writing, Intelligent, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Your a fan of rap & want to be entertained. Want to be made to think. Baba is a excellent.

Don't see it if If you don’t like rap & want a traditional musical

Ambitious, Clever

See it if raps about science is what you like

Don't see it if you want like a real show

Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You want something different-a cleverly constructed solo show teaching evolution through hip hop. Not theatre per se, but very entertaining.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate any form of hip hop, even in a very mild form. But you should definitely go if you don't believe in evolution.

Intelligent, Masterful, Funny, Fast-paced, Relevant

See it if you want to see a brilliant presentation about evolution and Charles Darwin, exquisitely researched told in rap style/ multi-media format.

Don't see it if you have no interest in evolution and are not ready to listen to a very fast-paced performance; dislike solo performance shows.

Also I do not follow rap and admit there were several references to rappers... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You're interested in evolution and philosophy, enjoy serious information presented in song, and like parallels drawn between society and rap

Don't see it if You're don't like a serious subject like evolution presented in a humorous format, you don't want to hear a performer sing mostly though rap

Clever, Resonant, Casual

See it if you are curious about the intersection of theatre, scientific research & analysis, and hip hop culture.

Don't see it if you're averse to waving your arms around like you just don't care, participating in call & response, and staying for a Q & A with the artist

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Rapping to Charles Darwin evolution in a interesting and fun way.

Don't see it if Not interested in evolution.

Also I am not a fan of rap but this was great and very interesting too. The... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy 1 person shows & want to learn more about evolutionary psychology and rap music. Like a ted talk with impressive raps and visuals.

Don't see it if you’re wary of evolutionary psychology (the criticisms of the field were only addressed in an audience Q&A at the end) or don’t like rap.

Also I would have liked the show more if it was solely focused on Darwin an... Read more Read less

Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a refresher on evolution vs. creationism done with good insight, humor and mostly delivered in rap by a guy who knows his stuff.

Don't see it if you don't like rap or you do not like being challenged with science. There is a little bit of audience participation.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like the rap music genre and are curious and concerned about our existence..the how and the why we behave as we do.

Don't see it if You don't like wordy dialogue. It is long and complex and attention must be paid.

Clever, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Awkward

See it if Impressive rhyming. Good music. Some novel ideas, even for someone familiar with the science.

Don't see it if Baba seemed to tiptoe around sensitive topics, worried that he would offend people. Audience participation fell flat.

Also Some of the audience was in a bad mood after being forced to wait for ... Read more Read less

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