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.
"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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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