The Great Hip Hop Hoax


A 2013 documentary by Jeanie Finlay about two young Scottish men who formed a hip-hop duo called Silibil N’ Brains and then pretended to be American rappers from California in order to secure a £250,000 record deal by Sony in the early 2000’s.

The two men, Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd, opened gigs for big name acts including D12 and appeared on MTV during a brief brush with super-stardom but structural changes at their record label left them without any supporters at the label, they subsequently split up and returned to Scotland.

BOOK: Gavin Bain revealed the hoax and released a book through Simon & Schuster on the events in 2010 titled California Schemin’ (also later reprinted as Straight Outta Scotland)
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