Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fakin' it...rap style....Silibil 'N Brains

The story of Californian rappers Silibil 'N Brains is a classic tale of two kids from a small, sleepy town that got discovered by A&R folks...except it's all fake!

Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd were indeed signed by Sony UK, but only after overcoming ridicule by swapping their Scottish accents for an American twang and concocting fictitious new identities. I wonder how these two had even heard of Hemet, CA (their supposed hometown!?)

Double trouble?
The story is so fantastic it received big media love. I even heard it on the 'proper' NPR, an American version of the BBC!

But imagine this...Google and you'll not find any actual CD or vinyl releases from Silibil 'N Brains. Some conspiracy theorists are doubting the duo were even signed to a record deal! Could Gavin Bain be smart enough to write a book about two fake American rappers who never actually existed in the first place? Then sign a book deal with UK's Simon & Schuster, home to Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes...and Jackie Collins :).  If that's true, I wonder how Irvine Welsh (of Trainspotting fame) is feeling since he's quoted on the book's cover and he signed on to write the film's screenplay?!

NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" hosted Guy Raz.

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