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Soho Playhouse- Mainstage
15 Vandam Street New York City, NY 10013
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4.5 average rating
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3 reviews
10 stars
attended Jun 26 2011

I came to this show not knowing what to expect, but I grew up on rap/hip-hop, plus I'm a super-nerd so it sounded appealing! I like the connections that were drawn between human evolution and hip hop evolution. This was the strongest part of the...continued

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4 stars
attended Aug 20 2011

Interesting fusion of science and music. Quite entertaining, definitely intellectual, so a wrong place to get some brainless loughs. It seems to be popular among teachers/educators. Might be a little difficult to follow if you are a tourist and...continued

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8 stars
attended Aug 07 2011

Excellent from a performance & educational perspective. Hope this goes on the road to the west coast!

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Watch a video of Baba at TEDx.
“Astonishing and brilliant!” -The New York Times
“Brilliantly conceived and effervescently performed!" —The Scotsman
“A total Dar-winner!” -New York Post_]
4 Stars “Smart, funny and seriously meta. Totally original and thought-provoking. Dope!” —_Time Out New York


A novel species of theatre combining the wit, poetry and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigor of a scientific expert, Baba Brinkman’s The Rap Guide to Evolution uses hip-hop as a vehicle to communicate the facts of evolution while illuminating the origins and complexities of hip-hop culture with Darwin as the inspiration.

A smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the world, The Rap Guide is at once provocative, hilarious, intelligent and scientifically accurate. Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, Evolutionary Psychology and much more.

Brinkman undertook the project at the suggestion of Dr. Mark Pallen, author of The Rough Guide to Evolution. After seeing Brinkman’s internationally acclaimed Rap Canterbury Tales, Dr. Pallen challenged the polymath rapper to “do for Darwin what he had done for Chaucer.” In order to ensure scientific and historical accuracy, Brinkman consulted Pallen throughout the creative process, making The Rap Guide to Evolution the first peer-reviewed hip-hop show. Pallen has described Brinkman as having “swallowed the idea and turned it into a work of genius.”

But, as _The Scotsman’s _review explains, “Where most people would be happy just to convey the gist of Darwin’s theories in rhyme, Brinkman adds a twist: this isn’t just a show about evolution delivered in a hip-hop style, it’s also a show about the evolution of hip-hop…Evolution, it transpires, has much to teach us about hip-hop, and vice versa: bling is a fitness display; the process of natural selection operates on iPod playlists and teenage pregnancy in the ghettos can be read as an evolutionary strategy designed to maximize the chances of genetic material being passed on in a high-risk environment.”


*As Edinburgh’s _Scotsman _newspaper said, “you’ll never look at a hip-hop video in the same way again.”

Written and performed by Baba Brinkman, featuring DJ Mr Simmonds

Directed by Dodd Loomis

Projections by Wendall K. Harrington