TheatreSince his debut in 2004 with The Rap Canterbury Tales, Baba Brinkman has written or co-written five hip-hop theatre productions, which have played to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the world. Two of Baba's shows have enjoyed successful off-Broadway runs to date.
Simply put, this guy is freaking brilliant... He’s a package of talent, intelligence and wonderful energy.—AussieTheatre.com
Brinkman's style is fresh, brave, and radical. ★★★★1/2—Toorak Times
Sizzles on stage as he rips rhythmically through strands of evolutionary theory with masterly command of the science. ★★★★1/2—The West Australian
The Rap Guide to Evolution
Hawking and rap make science hip (hop)—New Scientist
"The NWA of DNA - Interesting, intelligent and funny hip-hop about evolutionary theory." —Scientific American
★★★★ Totally original and thought-provoking. Dope, data-filled raps that incorporate Darwin, DNA and a Dead Prez sing-along. Smart, funny and seriously meta!—Time Out New York
A total Dar-winner! As fun as it is informative...you’ll probably sing along!—New York Post
Astonishing and brilliant... with fizzing energy and spell-binding charisma!—The New York Times
Engaging and rhythmic... It’s hard to beat the combination of evolution and hip hop!—The New York Times – Science, June 27, 2011
Both brainy and entertaining... Genuine passion, curiosity & analytical skills!—The New York Times – Theatre, June 27, 2011
"Brilliantly conceived and effervescently performed…not only is it factually correct, it's also dazzlingly intelligent…after seeing this show, you'll never look at a hip-hop music video in the same way again!" ★★★★—The Scotsman
"Brinkman is an excellent performer, combining the boyish energy of a rapper with the clever wit of a comedian and the intelligence of a lecturer to create an excellent production, which could be a new and exciting art form." ★★★★—FringeReview.com
"Instantly accessible, destroying creationism through the music of The Notorious BIG, Dead Prez, Mobb Deep, and his own flows, it's an entertaining and scientifically accurate display of lyrical dexterity. Perfect for your inner science geek." ★★★★—The List
"As lyrically ingenious as it is scientifically accurate, the show caters for rap fans and biology enthuiasts alike. If life on the Fringe is indeed comparable to Darwin's survival of the fittest (as Brinkman would have us believe), then this show ought to be raking in bigger audiences each day, ultimately triumphing above its weaker competitors." ★★★★
"One of the worldʼs great intelligent rappers…what Baba does is amazing - his knowledge of rap genres and styles is encyclopaedic…a flash of verbal fireworks." ★★★★ —Broadway Baby
"Baba Brinkman makes evolutionary science not only accessible but genuinely entertaining. Striking and surprising, but convincing, parallels between the theory of evolution and the theory of rap are tackled, without diluting his material or alientating his audience." ★★★★ —Big Issue Scotland
"The weirdness that is a rap show about evolutionary biology is like the weirdness that is the first appearance of a random genetic mutation. If the mutation turns out to beneficial, it should survive to the next generation; if the show turns out to be popular, Brinkman should be back with another next year." ★★★★ —British Theatre Guide
"Refreshingly original. Brinkman has a light touch and a way with words and rhythm that will appeal to rap aficionados, poetry buffs and anyone interested in science but bored stiff by text books." ★★★ —Metro
"Stimulating and intelligent...Brinkman's rhymes are sometimes Shakespearian in their beauty." ★★★ —Fest Magazine
"There aren't many hip-hoppers who use words like 'mitochondria' and 'phenotype' in their rhymes - but Brinkman wasn't just showing off for clever's sake; this was intelligent, informative and, crucially, hugely entertaining." —Chortle
"Intelligent, entertaining, and passionately performed, Brinkman is as mucha wiz at the science bit as he is at the hip-hop."
"In a blinding barrage of rhymes that find the missing link between Eminem and Richard Dawkins, the Canadian rapper turns in a brilliant gig-cum-lecture that is as educational as it is novel."—Scotland on Sunday
"Sadly reductionist, but [he] finds the courage to sin boldly"—FirstThings.com (Christian website)
"An intelligent, lyrical, witty collection of performance poetry that also manages to be an accurate popular-science discussion of modern evolutionary theory and its wider implications"—TREE Journal (Trends in Evolution and Ecology)
"Hip-hop fans and scientists alike should marvel at Canadian Baba Brinkman's ability to distill Darwin's Theory through rapidfire rap routines... Highly-evolved entertainment!" ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 —Adelaide Advertiser, Australia
"Brinkman has a sublime knack for making sense of difficult texts... His playful nature and comic timing provides a platform for laugh-out-loud comedy and a toe-tapping treat. Despite the intellectual topic, expect high entertainment."—Glam Adelaide, Australia
"The juxtaposition of hip-hop with Darwin is striking. By boldly making use of hip-hop in a most unusual but still provokative way, Brinkman harmoniously fuses art with evolution" ★ ★ ★ ★ —Time Out Magazine, Hong Kong
"With lyrics that were sometimes sly, often hilarious, and always smart and thought-provoking, Brinkman married the fast, complex, literate delivery of Eminem with the evolutionary expertise and confrontational manner of Dawkins… A mesmerizing performance, one that would probably do more to convince school children of evolution's validity than any BBC or PBS special could… Scientists, science teachers, and anyone evolution has provided with an open mind and a hint of musical rhythm should rush out to see this show if they're fortunate enough for it to make an appearance nearby." —Science Magazine
"A work of genius. Never since Charles Darwin have we had such an eloquent exposition."
The Canterbury Tales Remixed
"'The Canterbury Tales Remixed' is the kind of work that makes off-Broadway hum"—Theatre Scene
“Most rappers boast about their intellect, but few go out and actually get a master’s degree in medieval and Renaissance literature so they can spit better rhymes.” —Huffington Post
“He maintains the essence of Chaucer’s stories and storytelling itself in a fresh way, and his diction and timing capture the Middle Ages’ anachronisms and idiosyncrasies in a way that effortlessly interprets them for a modern audience.” —Backstage
“An audacious hip hop approach to some great literary classics; the show is funny and thoughtful.”—Theater Is Easy
“Not only audacious, but also astute” —Theater Mania
“In his delightful one-man show, Baba Brinkman has unlocked another intimidating masterpiece from the Ivory Tower.”—New York Times
"He turns dusty old works that torture adolescents in classrooms into remarkably current and vivid stories." —Huffington Post
Warriors clash, badass thieves and thugs receive a brutal comeuppance, husbands fight a losing battle against wily wives and seducing lothiarios, villages are plagued by sinister forces of nature.—Show Business Weekly
The Rap Guide To Religion
Off The Top: The Neuroscience of Improv
The Rap Guide To Human Nature
The Rebel Cell
Co-written with MC Dizraeli, the Rebel Cell is a verse play set in England in the year 2013, a scorching political satire and lyrical debate between Che Guevara-style revolutionary politics and Nelson Mandela-style civil disobedience.
The Rap Canterbury Tales
Winner: Three Weeks Editor's Choice Award, Edinburgh 2007.
Combining virtuoso lyricism with physical theatre and dramatic storytelling, Baba Brinkman recreates Chaucer's best-loved Tales in an engaging, accessible, and often hilarious hip-hop style. This performance is no longer available for touring, having recently been fully revised and re-written as The Canterbury Tales Remixed (above).