London rapper Plan B made a big switch from his down ‘n’ dirty first album to a musically stunning but safer second offering that gained him a wider audience. But now he’s returned to his roots with the astonishing first single from the upcoming ‘Ill Manors’, which is a blast against working class demonisation and particularly the derogatory term ‘Chav’.
Ben’s interview with MistaJam is revealing; “For me that term is no different from similar terms that used to be derogatory towards race and sex, the only difference being that the word chav is used very publicly in the press … When you attack someone because of the way they talk, the way they dress, the music they listen to, or their lack of education, and you do it publicly and it’s acceptable to do that, you make them feel alienated. They don’t feel like a part of society … For every person who uses the word chav there is a less educated person ready to embrace it. They say, well, look, I’m never going to change the way you think of me so actually I’m going to play up to it and fuel the fire. In essence that’s what Ill Manors is about.”
Disgusted by last summer’s riots, he feels that disenfranchised kids play a losing game against themselves. If they unthinkingly protest, they get criminal records, if they don’t they lose out anyway. The podcast is here.