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New York | 1h 20m | Ends Apr 09

Rap Guide to Evolution

From 1 critic and 16 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, 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.



90
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


96
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

95
Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

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

92
Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Genius

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.

91
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.

91
Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

89
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, 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

85
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Intelligent, 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

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

82
Funny, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Fast-paced

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

80
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

80
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

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

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You will be intellectually engaged throughout 90% of the show. There are a few “I never thought of it that way” moments

Don't see it if You can’t process speech at a rapid rate

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy rap, or thinking through the implications of an evolutionary world view.

Don't see it if you are looking for traditional broadway or a mindless show.


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