Saturday, March 31, 2012

Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B - Ill Manors

This track has already garnered a lot of attention and has been discussed on a lot of media outlets; especially due to the madness of the video. An energetic return to form for Plan B despite inconsistancies; his seeming entrenched nihilism has never been a massive draw for me personally but the skills are on point. Unfortunately I'm not sure exactly what the message here is though, apart from the Manor being ill.....there are some salient points about cuts in Youth Services and politicians being completely out of touch with reality; but the extreme  violence of the recreation of the riots does smack of glamourisation. There is a scene at the end where I believe Riz MC (a very thoughtful recording artist and actor himself) is helping kick in an unfortunate person while gloating over a box of fresh trainers. This is similar to the now famous 'back pack picking' video of a Malaysian student getting robbed. Was this a legitimate cry of angst against the system or just an opportunity to thieve and bully? I reckon this track could have worked better if the social commantery and political criticism had been sustained and coherent; then the highly choreographed violence would have sent a more pertinant message. Shit is still mad entertaining though and I guess food for thought for all.

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