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The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013)

Scottish rappers Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain reinvent themselves as West Coast Homeboys after they were signed by Sony.


Jeanie Finlay


Jeanie Finlay

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Credited cast:
Gavin Bain
Billy Boyd Billy Boyd


Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really Scottish, with fake American accents and made up identities. When their promising Scottish rap act was branded "the rapping Proclaimers" by scornful A&Rs, friends Billy and Gavin reinvented themselves as LA homeboys. The real deal. The lie was their golden ticket to a dream life. With confessions from the scammers, insight from the music execs they duped and doodle reconstructions, the film charts the roller coaster story of the highs of the scam and the lows of madness and the personal toll the deception took. A film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. Written by Glimmer Films

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Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really two students from Scotland, with fake US accents and made up identities.


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6 September 2013 (UK) See more »

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If keeping it real gets you nowhere; fake it til you make it
29 November 2015 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

A pretty interesting little documentary about the rap duo 'Silibil N Brains' who represented California and built up some strong hype which ended up with them being signed to Sony records, and was destined to become the next big thing.

The only problem is that they were not from California but from a little town in Scotland.

It's an interesting look at the music-business as a whole and at the duo themselves talking about their experiences and how they almost lost their own identities while portraying American rappers not only in their music but in their everyday life pursuing their dreams.

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