The Great Hip Hop Hoax

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The Great Hip Hop Hoax
Directed by Jeanie Finlay
Starring Gavin Bain
Billy Boyd
Release date
  • 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Great Hip Hop Hoax is a documentary film by Jeanie Finlay about a Scottish hip-hop duo called Silibil N' Brains, who pretended to be Americans to secure a £250,000 record deal with Sony.[1] The film premiered at South by Southwest[2] and was later shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival,[3] before a national theatrical release in Scotland and broadcasts on BBC Two Scotland, BBC Four, and Danish station DR2.[4] It was pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket in 2008.


The movie has received positive reviews.[5][6][7] Both members of Silibil 'N Brains are reportedly happy with how the film turned out, though find it "bizarre" to watch with other people.[8]


  1. ^ "The great hip hop hoax - How the 'rapping Proclaimers' lived a lie". BBC News. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Great Hip Hop Hoax: Scots who duped music industry by pretending to be America's hottest rappers land film deal". Daily Record. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jeanie Finlay's Great Hip Hop Hoaxers at EIFF". 28 June 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dokumania: Det store hip-hop svindelnummer". 8 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Great Hip-hop Hoax – review". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Gritten, David (5 September 2013). "The Great Hip-Hop Hoax, review". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Film review: The Great Hip Hop Hoax (18)". London: The Independent. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Scots rappers who fooled an industry". 11 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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