Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Plan B's back and he's bloody miffed, ok?

The new single from Plan B premiered last night and, if you like your hip-hop fierce and sweary, this one's for you.

Ill Manors is the title track for Ben Drew's first feature film, which is due out in May. As he told RWD magazine recently, "I actually want this film to be brilliant," which certainly sets him apart from Spielberg and Scorsese and all those other directors who deliberately set out to make non-brilliant movies. Set in London's Forest Hill, the movies features six interlinking stories, each of which is soundtracked by an individual song. Inspired by the works of Shane Meadows and Quentin Tarantino, it is, according to The Sun, "harrowing".

The single is full of shouty lyrics about the government ignoring deprived areas of London while spending millions on the Olympic village just around the corner. "There’s no such thing as broken Britain," rants Plan B, "We’re just bloody broke in Britain." OH, DO YOU SEE WHAT HE DID THERE?

To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the return of the hip-hop Plan B, having quite enjoyed his previous incarnation as the rapping Lenny Kravitz of London Town. It doesn't seem likely he's going to break out the soul tonsils on this soundtrack album - but the single's a genuinely brilliant (and timely) protest song. It'll be interesting to see what Radio One do with it... Zane Lowe had the first play last night, but is this too aggressive for daytime radio?

I hope not.

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