The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013)
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This documentary follows a pair of Scottish comedians as they affect over the top American accents and proceed to fool everyone they encounter with fake hip-hop personas, fooling everyone from concert goers to record executives. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The hoax may have fallen flat, but the insights Boyd and Bain's story offers into creativity, commerce, obsession and insanity are unique and unmissable.
A thoroughly entertaining exploration of a friendship strained by an extraordinary situation.
The film doesn't quite hit the mark as a hard-nosed exposť of a shallow, trend-led business, but it does work as a winsome study of the fickle nature of fame.
It's mostly a poppy, funny anecdote, if no advert for the music biz: Daniel Bedingfield emerges as one of its savvier souls.
Engaging and enjoyable documentary enlivened by a likeable central duo and a wealth of superb archive footage, though there's actually very little substance to the story outside of the basic synopsis.
Undoubtably, the best reason to watch The Great Hip Hop Hoax is the delirious schadenfreude of seeing high-level execs getting taken for a ride by a pair of chancers.
Both engaging and eye-opening, this spirited documentary recounts an outrageous story with humour and honesty, revealing some nasty truths about the music industry in the process.
A smart morality tale about the illusory nature of celebrity, and the pressures it exerts once attained.
Director Jeanie Finlay's entertaining documentary begins as a bit of a light-hearted wheeze but then grows darker ...
Although the story feels stretched to feature length, it's a rollicking ride through the music biz in the company of two piss-taking Scots and their mics.
As the story progresses and Jackass moments proliferate, these deplorable characters and their elaborate and unrelatable egos become increasingly tiring.
The talking-head format may be shopworn, but it rarely undermines this infectious, insightful look at the fickleness of pop stardom.
Audience Reviews for The Great Hip Hop Hoax
No, I don't remember Silibil n' Brains either. Still, The Great Hip Hop Hoax is quite a telling documentary about the absurdity to the music industry. I used to work for a record label, so I know what I'm talking about. Our two leads are very honest about their time at the top, the commitment and also what they pioneered is pretty impressive. For me though, the two very different paths were the most interesting parts of the doc. Their honesty has to be admired though, I'd be way too embarrassed to show any of the footage they did but it's a good story to tell. recommended.
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