“Whatchu lookin at rich boy?” Plan B’s new video blasts Cameron


6:07 pm - March 12th 2012

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Rapper and singer Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew – aka Plan B is furious.

He is furious at the government and his new video, which is released today and is already taking the music scene by storm, shows it.

Plan B achieved critical acclaim when his second studio album – The Defamation of Strickland Banks – went straight to number one in 2010.

He told Radio 1 why wrote a song about the August riots:

I feel it has been swept under the carpet and forgotten about and it still needs to be properly addressed. Since the riots happened I haven’t heard enough people within the public sector asking the two most important questions; ‘Why did it happen and how can we prevent it from happening again?’

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?

If you’re born into a family that’s has enough money to educate you properly, you are privileged. You’re not better than anyone else you’re just lucky. 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.

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Wow, fantastic.

Still trying to make excuses for people who chose on their own free will to do what they knew was wrong. It is not just “middle England” what thinks dimly of that sort of behaviour.

Furthermore anybody still doing a 1990s “gangsta rapper” act really does not deserve to be taken seriously, especially after Ali G showed up that sort of thing.

Richard – What is ‘gangsta’ about a rap that refuses to glorify violence and doesn’t attack women? I heard no ‘excuses’. I heard anger. Justified anger.

@2, David Cameron, Boris Johnson & George Osbourne were members of the Bullingdon Club, an organisation infamous for rioting in restaurants, why are they sacrosanct? could it perhaps be because they are rich, therefore teflon coated??

Well worth listening to the interview he did on 1-extra.

http://youtu.be/t9B0y9oV7Mk

This is the authentic voice of Ken’s London, as brought to you by Sunny Hundal Productions,

If I was Lynton Crosby, I’d be mass producing it and posting it to Londoners all over the capital. These feral scum are anathema to most people, although a few middle class hipsters might get a cheap (but strictly vicarious) thrill from the transgressive vibe.

I think it’s a great tune, and I like Plan B, but it seems to be justifying the riots and glorifying violence. I don’t think it’s going to make anyone think ‘we really must do something for those poor kids’ – more like the opposite.

Furious is he?
Not as angry as the average Londoner is at the rioters I suspect.

Rapper and singer Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew – aka Plan B is furious… “I feel it has been swept under the carpet and forgotten about and it still needs to be properly addressed. Since the riots happened I haven’t heard enough people within the public sector asking the two most important question…”

“the public sector”? What the fuzzock is he talking about? Forgotten about musician?

Police and social services are funded by government, and they are the public sector bodies that you are most likely to meet in life. Quite rightly, they are different organisations. Policing and aid are separated: theoretically, this supports justice (no side is disabled in court) but your experience may differ.

Has this Plan B chap got anything interesting to say? Rap songs are a very poor medium for talking about anything serious. Even that so called ”concsious rap”.
If you want to talk about the riots, you might start by examining why black youth unemployment is rumming at 40% in some areas. In Hackney and Tottenham and places where thousands of immigrants have come to the country in recent years and managed to get jobs. Crap jobs very often. Mark Duggan didn’t fancy that life of drudgery, which is very understandable, but that’s all that’s offered at the bottom of the jobs market.

Cant sing to save his life. Has about as much street cred as a paid of fake Adidas traners.

Gansta rapper? Richard do you know what that genre is? Plan b is a xinsioys young man which is more than can be said about most of our society. O believe you illiterate his point perfectly richard- he’s not making excuses he saying we have problems.

13. Planeshift

@6 – don’t be so sure it won’t help labour politically. Bland commerically succesful britpop was one of the key driving forces behind the success of new labour in the 90s.

Not my thing, but infinatly preferable to another X factor clone

Don’t like the tune but love the message and spirit and energy behind it.

Am surprised the riots were forgotten about so quickly too, so much so I just wrote this piece about lack of empathy which I’d recommend to some of the commenters here esp those that think they can call other people “feral scum” and still think of themselves as civilised, intelligent citizens.

http://t.co/8KXXHMFh

How about a bit of “empathy” for the victims?

I am not certainly empathising with this guy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9140353/Teenager-who-killed-Ealing-pensioner-in-London-riots-with-single-punch-is-named.html

Alright cjcjc – did you read my article? Clearly not because I already stated in it that I strongly believe in justice, but that empathy can help us help us avoid those issues in the future by dealing with the root causes.

Pretty simple stuff.

And no, no empathy needed for a criminal. It’s too late, they crossed the line of basic human decency. Punish them and let them serve as an example to the rest. But at the same time (can you hold two ideas in your head at the same time? Try it) realise that “feral scum” does not describe each and every rioter – some were criminals but some were just angry for some reason unknown to even them at the time.

A few of those people clearly had criminal intent, but that does NOT explain why people looted and damaged property en-mass does it? Something deeper is at play, and first and foremost when people frame this in terms of black and white scum vs. decent people, it all goes tits up.

My local town center (Woolwich, SE London) was destroyed by the chaos. Is it not possible to be pissed at that and at the same time understand why so many felt the need to seek an outlet for their anger? I think it is.

@13

Bland commerically succesful britpop was one of the key driving forces behind the success of new labour in the 90s.

The lead guitarist from one band showing up to 10 Downing St. does not a “key driving force” make. Yes, a lot of the music of that era implicitly and explicitly portrayed Thatcherism and its fallout as a busted flush, but when Blair actively courted those bands in 1997, all but one of them ran a mile.

@7

OK – so I watched the video (I had to gear up to it, Plan B’s music isn’t my bag). I see no glorification of rioting or violence – just a clear message that if your actions in power make it clear that you don’t care about the poor, don’t be surprised if their kids start wondering why they should care about society. And if your plan for recovering from the damage inflicted by billionaires who got to keep their money relies on making life hard for the vulnerable, don’t be surprised when they respond in kind.

@16

Your replies are patronizing and rude. Don’t imply people who disagree with you are stupid. Those are the actions of an internet troll.

Why did people loot and destroy property en mass? Because they saw the softly softly response to the initial looting in London and realised that they could get away with it. The incidents in Tottenham and Hackney were caused by anger with the police. The rest was just greed.

Worth noting that a number of middle and upper class people took part in the riots as well.

You can oppose the ideologically driven cuts and the Government’s attack on the poor, unemployed and disabled, and still condem scum who set buildings on fire, mug people and loot shops.

@2 is right, despite @4’s strawman crap (he never said the Bullingdon club were above criticism.

@19

It wasn’t a “softly, softly” approach in London – the police were *overwhelmed*. The 900-lb gorilla in the room when it comes to policing by consent is that if enough people defy the law en masse then there is *nothing* the police can do to stop it.

Sure there was a degree of greed in there, but if you think that anger at getting shafted wasn’t at least part of the motivation then I think you’re wrong. After all, what example did our lords and masters set? Show me one banking executive who didn’t get to keep practically all the money they (to all intents and purposes) stole, and perpetrated on the public what would in any other industry be considered fraud.

Having watched the Plan B video again, I just have to add that I think it’s TRULY awful.
It has the political nous of a sixteen year old. Which is obviously it’s audience.
But it has nothing useful to say. It glamourises the stupid street culture that holds young people back and turns them into cartoon characters who can’t even speak properly.

The video is pure ”therapeutic alienation”. Which means that people get off on being in that ”gheto zone” in their minds. Even when things aren’t half as bad as they might be letting on.

http://www.radicalmiddle.com/x_mcwhorter.htm


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