The Great Hip Hop Hoax
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"It's mostly a poppy, funny anecdote, if no advert for the music biz: Daniel Bedingfield emerges as one of its savvier souls."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"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."
‑ Rich Cline,
"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."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"It's an intriguing and slightly tragic tale ..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A thoroughly entertaining exploration of a friendship strained by an extraordinary situation."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A smart morality tale about the illusory nature of celebrity, and the pressures it exerts once attained."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"As the story progresses and Jackass moments proliferate, these deplorable characters and their elaborate and unrelatable egos become increasingly tiring."
‑ Nicola Balkind, The Skinny
"Killer footage never emerges, just guys goofing off ..."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"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."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Director Jeanie Finlay's entertaining documentary begins as a bit of a light-hearted wheeze but then grows darker ..."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"The talking-head format may be shopworn, but it rarely undermines this infectious, insightful look at the fickleness of pop stardom."
‑ Emma Thrower, Total Film
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