The Great Hip Hop Hoax

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Jeanie Finlay
Production: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
  2 nominations.
 
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Year:
2013
93 min
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This programme contains

very strong language

Check it out!

Silibil n' Brains, yo!

Going out to all the rejects!

Grab your helmets!

Before you bump it

Nod your ahead to this

Our illness is your medicine

Pump it up till the speaker blows.

Silibil, Brains -

we both met in the same skate scenes,

punk rock scenes and hip-hop scenes

just back in the day.

We basically started to join forces

together and take over the planet.

They were really

so far ahead of the game.

I've never seen anything like it. I

thought they were going to be huge.

Our travels have taken us

to the UK, California, Asia -

all the places, really.

Ended up back in London,

did one show and there was

record company people there,

they offered us a record deal

and we needed money for booze

so we thought, "Take the deal,

let the good times roll. "

Always beamed out of this world

Like space bees

Make machine guns out of mics

And blast you like the A-Team...

It was like having

two early Eminems

and they're from America,

that means they're amazing!

Typical low lives

Crash in your pad

And jack you with your own knife...

They were very young,

they were dynamic.

My plan was to use the Sony system

to take them to the world.

But I don't care I'm a master

I'm like a plastic surgeon

I'm always staring at breasts...

I mean, I thought

of the Beastie Boys.

.. I pulled my pubes

through my nipples

Put some hair on my chest...

Before you bump it

Nod your ahead to this

Inject these lethal flows...

Ladies and gentlemen,

please put your hands together

for Silibil n' Brains.

It seems that your music is going

to be huge here in the UK

and in the US. -Let's hope. -Yes.

They had nothing but

total and utter confidence

in everything that they were doing.

They were now with one of the

biggest record labels in the world.

What would possibly

stand in their way

and stop them

from becoming huge?

So, where are you guys from?

- Planet Zordon.

- Really? I could tell.

We were abducted by aliens

when we were kids

and been travelling around

the solar system ever since then.

But what about really?

I'm Gavin Bain,

I'm not Brains McLoud,

I'm not American, I'm Scottish.

I've never been in America.

You know, everyone lies,

everyone is lying,

it's just what you're lying for.

They had an idea

to cheat the system.

The moment they woke up in the

morning they had to be American -

and to girls they met,

and to friends they made.

Greatest actors

I've ever come across.

You know, and they're

full-on Scots.

We just created a monster.

There's so much lies

about the lies, about the lies.

Why can't you just tell the truth

now? And that's what I want to do.

I was 18 when I met Gav and within

months we were making music.

We, kind of, brushed past each other

at the front gate of Dundee College

and he was just standing outside

with headphones on.

I just thought, "That guy's,

like, the epitome of cool. "

He just made

the most bizarre entrance.

It was something like out of a film,

when someone would fall

into a classroom,

like, "Oh, my God, sorry, I'm late. "

And everyone would be like,

"Who the hell is this guy?"

That's how... that was

my first impression of Gav.

The only seat that was available

was next to Bill.

I remember him, like, you know,

looking at me and being like,

"Oh, f***," you know?

I think he had a Tupac T-shirt on.

Straightaway I knew,

"Oh, this guy must be into hip-hop. "

We liked all the same rap groups,

metal bands

and we liked all the same

comedians, same comedy shows.

From day one we were a comedy duo.

We were always together and we were

always getting into trouble,

we were always having a laugh.

It sounds like

it was love at first sight.

Ha-ha-ha. I mean...

.. I don't know about

"love" at first sight!

I felt like

I'd known him all my life.

We were best friends,

we were brothers.

It was a bromance!

Yeah, he was

a good-looking cat as well.

He just walked past girls

and just, like, a look

and they would stop,

and then he'd start talking to them.

I'd never seen that in my life.

It felt like he was always trying

to press people's buttons.

You know, I'm, kind of,

naturally a shy guy

and he just exuded confidence.

Full of confidence,

full of bullshit!

Alcoholic!

What's up, girls?

We met in the local nightclub

in Arbroath.

I was still at school.

How do you explain

what charisma is?

He's like a light, I suppose,

and people just come to him

because he's fun,

he's good to be around.

I'm a realist, through and through

and I think that's what Billy needs

because otherwise he would be...

He's like a balloon, you'd have to

hold on to him to keep him steady!

We were both

really good at rapping.

Then we started thinking we should

try and write our own songs.

We worked so well together.

You know, that was enough

to cement it in my head

that this is a path, for sure.

I mean, from the first show,

this hunger just came.

Every chance we get

we'd record songs,

we'd write songs,

we'd record them.

We brought in Oskar.

He's just a great friend of ours.

We had great lyrics so we brought

him into make up three of us.

Feel the strain and tension

My brain's a weapon

A mention of my name could

inflame the tamest session

A reclaimed possession

The world's in my clutches

I bring heat to the mic

and burn any f*** who touches.

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