Rapper says you can’t treat politicians like 'an alien race'
Plan B has insisted that he would be happy for David Cameron to be a fan of his new album ‘Ill Manors’.
The rapper releases the LP, which is the soundtrack to the film of the same name, on July 23. But despite telling NME in March that he blames the Prime Minister for last year’s riots, he claimed he’d be happy for him to listen to his new politically charged-record.
Asked by Shortlist magazine if he would react angrily if Cameron said he was a fan of his music, as Johnny Marr did last year when the Conservative leader revealed The Smiths were one of his favourite bands, he replied:
No, I think it would be cool if he said that. You can’t treat politicians like they’re some alien race.
However, he insisted that he had no interest in hobnobbing with politicians, either, adding: “But obviously I wouldn’t go straight back and say, ‘I really like David Cameron, too – let’s have tea and fucking scones together’, because that’s never going to happen.”
The rapper also attacked reality TV shows like X Factor, too, and claimed they did nothing to encourage people with artistic talent. No disrespect to anyone involved in those shows but all they do is boost your profile as a celebrity,” he said. “There are a lot of pop acts with just a pretty face and a half-decent voice. They don’t even write their own shit.
“I’m lucky enough to have a gift that allows me to create things from nothing: music, films, fictional characters,” he added. “Others don’t have that, so their work goes into their image as a celebrity. So, if I have a gift like this, wouldn’t I be neglecting it if I appeared on a show like The X Factor?”
Plan B was recently been added to the line-up for London’s iTunes Festival. He will headline the Roundhouse on September 4 and joins the likes of Jack White, Usher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and One Direction in being confirmed for the festival, with more acts set to be confirmed across the coming weeks.
The series of shows will run from September 1–30. Tickets for each gig are all given away from the event’s official website. See itunesfestival.com for full details on how to get them.
Earlier this month, he debuted a brand new song titled ‘Playing With Fire’. You can hear the track, which also features Labrinth and is taken from ‘Ill Manors’, by clicking below.