Dropping Mad Science: Evolution Gets the Rap Treatment

| July 20, 2011 6:00 AM

Baba Brinkman performing "The Rap Guide To Evolution." Photo courtesy of Yuval Binur.

Where: Soho Playhouse
Opening: June 17, 2011
Closing: September 2, 2011
Price: $55-$75

Interested in hip-hop? How about biology?

Ostensibly, these subjects have little in common — but performer Baba Brinkman disagrees.

In a show called “The Rap Guide to Evolution,” Brinkman showcases both his rhyming talents and vast knowledge of Darwinian evolutionary biology. The performer, who hails from Vancouver, Canada raps about topics like sexual selection, survival of the fittest and altruism in a style that is totally digestible by the scientific layperson.

“I started rapping about evolution because of a request from a scientist, Mark Pallen, who was organizing a celebration for Charles Darwin’s 200 birthday, and asked if he could hire me to create some Darwin-themed entertainment for his event,” Brinkman said in an interview.

“I was already interested in evolutionary theory when this request came through, so I saw it as a great opportunity to learn more about something I was curious about and help to clear up some of the myths and misconceptions that seem to follow Darwin and his theories.”

  • rachel

    great article- i want to see the show!

↑ Back to top

About Us    Contact Us    The MetroFocus Team   Mobile   WNET Pressroom   Privacy Policy    Terms of Service

Mutual of America


MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Charlotte and David Ackert, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America, your retirement company.
© 2015 WNET    All Rights Reserved.    825 Eighth Avenue    New York, NY 10019