The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Great Hip Hop Hoax
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jeanie Finlay
  • UK release: 6 September 2013

Documentary about 'Californian rappers' Silibil 'n' Brains, actually two Scottish students with fake accents and false identities.

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The Great Hip Hop Hoax

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An elaborate deception becomes a bizarre way of life.

Californian rap duo Silibil 'n' Brains are poised to take the music world by storm. They're talking the talk … walking the walk … and they've just pocketed a hefty advance from a major music label. Surely nothing could go wrong? Truth is definitely stranger than fiction in this astonishing, funny and moving documentary that touches on issues of Scottish national identity whilst showing the unbelievable lengths people will go to achieve fame.

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The Great Hip Hop Hoax

28 Jun 20132 stars

Bittersweet doc focusing on two Scottish chancers in the rap game

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