Plan B has released a new single entitled “Ill Manors,” focused on the UK London Riots last summer. In an interview with BBC 1Extra Ben Drew, from Plan B, explained why he felt the need to write the song:
“I’m not trying to condone what happened during the riots, it disgusted me, made me sick, but it saddened me more than anything. Because those kids that was rioting and looting, they’ve just made life ten times harder for themselves, they’ve just played into the hands of what certain sectors of middle England think about them. And we have a big issue and prejudice in this country from certain ignorant sectors of middle class people towards the younger class. An example of this is the word chav, which in the video I state stands for Council Housed and Violent.
“This is a derogatory term used again by certain sectors of middle England to define people from poor and unfortunate backgrounds that have less money than them, that haven’t had as good an education. And for me, that term is no different from similar terms used to be derogatory towards race and sex, the only difference being that the word chav is used very publicly in the press.”
Later in the interview, he added: “It’s been described as horrific by some people that have watched it. It’s supposed to be. It is because that’s life. Not life for everybody, but the world that I’m talking about, that’s life for these people. If you don’t live in that environment, you don’t have to address it, you can just get on with your own life and live happily. But I can’t do that, I can’t read a newspaper and read something negative that’s going on in the world and just forget it, turn over to page 3 and star looking at a girl’s pair of breasts.”
Listen to the interview on BBC Radio 1Extra with Ben Drew, explaining the song and his beliefs, here.