Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

Religion get rapped

Don’t show up hungover, or even a bit tired or glaikit to Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Religion. His cerebral hip hop, complete with Venn diagrams and home-made infographics, requests your full attention please, as he takes his audience on a geeky, science nerd tour of world religions, examining secular humanism, philosophical magicalism, Darwinism and something called ‘teleology’ through the unlikely medium of rap.

It feels part Ted Talk, part wigger rap battle, as he postures and spits his way through topics including rappers’ obsession with deities (see JayHovah, Yeezus and Eminem’s Rap God alter-ego for evidence), and his own genealogy – he reckons his Scottish presbyterian great grandfather, a minister who emigrated to Canada, is partly to blame for his hip hop habit – claiming he has ‘a preacher’s blood with a science brain.’

Pop culture clips (Ghost, Freaky Friday, Bieber at the Oscars) are thrown in to balance the philosophical ruminations with snackier, lighter ingredients, but even with Rick Ross appreciation sections, and quick games with gang signs, lesser mortals might find it hard to keep up.

Gilded Balloon, until 25 Aug (not 11, 18), 2.30pm, £9.50–10.50.

Baba Brinkman: The Rap Guide to Religion

  • 3 stars

Soho Playhouse Inc / Rap Guide Media Baba's unique brand of 'peer reviewed rap' brings together hip-hop, comedy, and behavioural sciences, striving to make sense of nature's most unpredictable primate. So what about religious beliefs? Do they provide an evolutionary benefit, or are they nothing but a virus of the mind?