Current Productions

The Rap Guide to Consciousness

“Peer-reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman explores the scientific study of consciousness in his latest hip-hop comedy, fresh from the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe (see reviews below). Opening off-Broaday at the Soho Playhouse March 1st 2018. Get Tickets

Baba’s brain consists of roughly 80 billion neurons with trillions of connections, and none of them has any clue that he exists. And yet somehow those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, laughs, and mind-blowing scientific findings. Come and find out how.

Learn more about the science from project science advisor Anil Seth’s TED Talk.

Made with support from the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Studies, the Sandpiper Fund, the Schein Foundation, the Anthropocene Institute, and the Canadian Core for Neuroethics.

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Reviews and Press:

"At the core of his mission, Baba wants to open minds and keep them open. In his rap battle against ignorance, when he wins, we all win."  —High Existence



"He is not the world's coolest rapper, but he might be the funniest and most well-read. Exercise any free will you have and buy a ticket."  ★ ★ ★ ★—Evening Standard



"Insightful and greatly informative... a funny but serious appreciation of the wonders of the human mind"—The Psychologist



"Mind-blowingly, awe-inspiringly good" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Broadway Baby (Edinburgh)



"Lyrically rich, educational, and fascinating" ★ ★ ★ ★—13th Floor



"Makes you feel truly engrossed and enlightened" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Arts Fringes



"Funny and enjoyable"—Sick of the Fringe



"Exudes a wicked sense of fun... giving new meaning to the term 'pop science'" ★ ★ ★ ★—British Theatre Guide



"Massively entertaining... will keep you thinking – maybe for a lifetime" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Mumble Music



"Genius... something very special indeed" ★ ★ ★ ★—EdFringe Review



"Fascinating... witty and informative rapping" ★ ★ ★ ★—Three Weeks



"My brain is still buzzing" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Culture Review



"Brilliant... a hip-hop sensation" ★ ★ ★ ★—Voice Magazine



"If you're of two minds, do both your selves a favour and check it out" ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter



"Relevant, educational, and a huge amount of fun" ★ ★ ★ ★—The List



"Phenomenal and infectious... our dopest unlikely MC" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—CBC



"Clever and extremely entertaining... the brilliance comes in the balance" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Winnipeg Free Press



"Highly entertaining... humorous and engaging" ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2—The Reviews Hub



"Hilarious and touching... utterly unique" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Broadway Baby (Brighton)



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The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Rap Guide to Climate Chaos ran off-Broadway for six months in 2016, to critical rave reviews (see below). The show is now available for touring.

In Climate Chaos, Baba Brinkman brings science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy theatrics, breaking down the politics, economics, and science of global warming and following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the energy economy. With scientists, activists, contrarians, and even the Pope adding their voices to the soundtrack, get ready for a funny and refreshing take on the world’s hottest topic.

Reviews & Press:

"A testament to the expansive nature of rap music"—Williams Record



"This guy raps about climate change and it's actually pretty amazing"—Allegheny Front



"Deftly explores the science, politics, and psychology of this century’s toughest challenge"—Sierra Magazine



"Takes listeners on a musical tour of the defining issue of our time, bringing much-needed color, clarity, and humor"—Popular Science



"If the thought of putting Al Gore’s 'An Inconvenient Truth' into a lyrical blender with 'Hamilton' and sprinkling bits of Eminem’s '8 Mile' over top sparks your interest, this might be the album for you"—Geek Dad



"Awesome! If you're at all on the fence about climate change, this album alone should be enough to convince you"—Fandomania



"Baba not only entertains, but enlightens both the environmentally conscious and unconscious"—R&D Magazine



"The complete package of Brinkman & his 'Rap Guide to Climate Chaos' is cleverly seismic"—The Highlighter



"Smart, funny and informative... a devoted student of hip-hop, lacing his songs with rhythmic and lyrical allusions to the genre’s greats."—Huffington Post



"I left the theatre feeling more hopeful about humanity"—Fusion



"Fires up the audience in a way that I've never seen before off-Broadway in New York city"—J. J. Brown



"A funny, thoughtful look at the science, economics and politics of climate change — in verse and with a backbeat"—Think Progress



"A mix of comedy, sincerity, and self-consciousness"—WNYC



"Baba Brinkman is an original, informed and prolific artist"—Downtown Magazine



"This is not preachy; this is theatre – funny, surprising, and smart." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Front Row Center



"Fun, thought-provoking, and highly original... pulsing energy from beginning to end"—Theater Scene



“Electrifying… a mesmerizing must-see production"—Theater Pizzazz



"Sick rhymes and energetic presence"—Theater Is Easy



"Packs in wit, intelligence and scads of information"—Show Me Shows NYC



"Meet the guy raising climate change awareness through hip-hop"—New York Observer



"An invigorating hour... smart, funny, well-sustained" ★ ★ ★ ★—The Times



"Exceptionally talented, brilliantly lyrical... Ambitiously mashing together complex climate change research with popular culture... paints a compelling picture" ★ ★ ★ ★—The Scotsman



"A high octane performance that will make viewers think about what they can do to help slow down global warming" ★ ★ ★ ★—British Theatre Guide



Deftly-worded... close to perfect... an artist at the absolute top of their game." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—The Skinny



"An intelligent, info-rich show... Fluid, self-aware, passionate, and engaging. And also very funny." ★ ★ ★ ★—The Stage



"A must-see for any hip-hop fan, science geek, or multi-genre fanatic." ★ ★ ★ ★—Arts Award Voice



"This show could change your life. An absolute fringe must-see." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter



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The Canterbury Tales Remixed

The Canterbury Tales Remixed, written and performed by Baba Brinkman with music and turntablism by Mr. Simmonds and directed by SoHo Playhouse Artistic Director, Darren Lee Cole. Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless Canterbury Tales comes to vivid life in an “entertaining and brilliant” (Time Out) virtuoso performance linking today’s hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told.

Now available for touring. Contact [email protected] for enquiries

"Demonstrates the perceptiveness of a literary scholar and the wit of a chart-topping rapper. Full of head-bobbing rhythms and clever rhymes"—Daily Tar Heel



"A spectacular show that sets the bar high for comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Plays To See



"A grittier, wittier, visceral and definitely  saucier, coarser Chaucer" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter



"Unashamedly fun... a five star experience and a hell of a good time" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Uncovered



"'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



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Previous Shows

The Rap Guide To Religion

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Off The Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

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The Rap Guide to Evolution

A hip-hop inspired tour of modern evolutionary biology, winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and nominated for a Drama Desk Award off-Broadway. Baba Brinkman's original peer-reviewed rap show combines the skills and charisma of a live MC with the precision of a scientist. Now available for touring, contact [email protected] with enquiries.

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See New York audience reviews of the show at Yelp.com


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Ingenious Nature

Everyone’s looking for love, or sex, occasionally even both. Evolutionary psychology claims to explain why, and how this state of affairs came about. But can it help us find the right one? A young man decides to take the “science of mating” seriously in his quest for a happy ending. Will the theory work in practice? It turns out, ovulation studies can make for awkward first date conversation. Premiering off-Broadway in November 2012, Ingenious Nature is now available for bookings.
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Rapconteur

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010. Comedy hip-hop retellings of some of the world's great oral epics, featuring Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and Chaucer's Merchant's Tale, with music by Mr. Simmonds. This production is no longer available for touring, having been re-written and updated as The Canterbury Tales Remixed (above).
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The Rap Guide To Human Nature

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, this comedy rap sequel to The Rap Guide to Evolution zeros in on human behaviour and evolutionary psychology. The Rap Guide to Human Nature is no longer available for touring, having recently been revised and adapted into the off-Broadway production Ingenious Nature.
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The Rebel Cell

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008.
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.

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The Rap Canterbury Tales

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004.
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).
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