Plan B Opens Up About The Deeper Meaning Behind ‘Ill Manors’
The first track and accompanying video for Plan B’s debut as a director for his self-penned “hip hop musical” recently hit the net. And aside from its competence musically, it also many raises hard-hitting questions. In an official statement, Plan B said that the track aims to highlight the contradictions in British society concerning last year’s riots: "The world, and this country especially, is full of contradictions. I'm just highlighting them, I'm not condoning anything..."
The song is in part a reaction to what happened during the riots last year, with Plan B stating he wants to "bring the issue back to the forefront of public conversation. It still needs to be properly addressed. The point being made in my song 'iLL Manors' is that society needs to take some responsibility for the cause of these riots. Why are there so many kids in this country that don't feel they have a future, or care about having a criminal record?"
He went on to say that he believed this to be partly due to a prejudice against the underclass: "These kids are ridiculed in the press as they aren't as educated as others, because they talk and dress in a certain way, but they're not as stupid as people think. They are aware of the ill feelings towards them and that makes them feel alienated. I know because I felt it myself growing up. These kids have been beaten into apathy. They don't care about society because society has made it very clear that it doesn’t care about them.
"An example of this is the word ‘chav’ that means council housed and violent, a derogatory phrase that is openly used by certain sectors of middle England to label and define people from poor backgrounds. It’s a derogatory phrase no different in my opinion to the ones concerning race or sex. The difference is that the papers use it publicly. If they did the same with racial or sexist derogatory terms it would be deemed, and rightly so, as offensive and politically incorrect. Certain sectors of middle England, not all of them, but the ignorant ones need to wake up and realise that and stop ridiculing the poor and less fortunate. That is what this song is about."
Plan B’s third studio album 'iLL Manors' is expected for release May 14, with a motion picture of the same name hitting screens May 4.
Words: Alya Mooro (@MoorizZLA)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)