Baba Brinkman – The Rap Guide to Religion

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Baba Brinkman – The Rap Guide to Religion at Gilded Balloon (venue 14). Review by Claire Smith

YOU might not imagine it from the name but Baba Brinkman is descended from a Scottish Calvinist missionary. And the American rap artist is on a bit of a mission himself – to defend atheism and uphold scientific values.

Creationism should never be taught in schools, he says. Yes. OK. But it isn’t really, in this country. Which leaves you wondering what he is getting worked up about.

Brinkman, using the medium of rap, explains why he believes religion is a man made thing. He projects graphs and diagrams to explain how religion evolved out of a need for humans to co-operate and reproduce.

Ironically, for someone trying to prove how fantastic science is, the science involved in his presentation is a bit flaky. And he makes the mistake common to a lot of atheists of elevating scientific thought into something like a religion.

Brinkman’s ability to weave complicated arguments into rhyme is uncannily clever and his wordplay is wonderful.

It would be interesting to see him tackle something genuinely controversial. At one point he mentions people think rappers are sexist. It’s not true, he says. Really? Now, there’s a subject for a white middle-class liberal to get his teeth into.

Until 25 August. Today 2:30pm

Originally published in The Scotsman

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