Documentarist Jeanie Finlay
here follows 2011’s sweetly inquisitive record-store survey Sound It Outwith another tale from the
music industry’s fringes. In 2004, white rappers Silibil ‘n’ Brains seized the
post-Eminem moment to land lucrative Sony contracts and significant airplay.
They claimed to be Californian skater boys; in fact, they were Billy Boyd and
Gavin Bain, two chancers from Arbroath. Their method rapping was more youthful
prank than Imposter-like deception;
Finlay benefits from the larky footage her subjects shot to document their
upward trajectory, while charting the growing desperation of giddy kids obliged
not just to live but sell a lie. Darker notes prevail as the gap between image
and reality grows too wide for the boys to reconcile, but it’s mostly a poppy,
funny anecdote, if no advert for the music biz: Daniel Bedingfield emerges as
one of its savvier souls. The Great Hip Hop Hoax opens in selected cinemas from today.