It may not be African Diaspora-focused, but the subject is one that should definitely intrigue us.
Titled The Great Hip Hop Hoax, it’s directed by Jeanie Finlay, and is described as follows:
Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really Scottish, with fake US accents and made up identities. When their promising Scottish rap act was branded “the rapping Proclaimers” by scornful A and R’s, 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 rollercoaster 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 pursuit of fame.
I’ve actually never heard of these guys, have you?
The film will be making its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival next month, which runs from March 8 – 16 (the film section).
A first trailer has surfaced and is embedded below: