British hip-hop artist and former soul-boy crooner Plan B has caused a ruckus after he appeared on the cover of Shortlist magazine wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of a neo-Nazi band. The band in question is Skrewdriver, and the reference was picked up by music site The Quietus. OPPS. Not a good look on many levels. Stick to your dapper (and sometime ill-fitting) suits mate.
To paraphrase Plan B’s single ‘ill Manors’, “Oi, I said, OI, you shouldn’t have worn that t-shirt for the cover you silly rap boy!”
The rapper has since issued an apology on Quietus. You can read it below.
“I was ignorant to the existence of the band Skrewdriver. I don’t listen to music like that so I wouldn’t know the names of bands that make that music. I was wearing a t-shirt I created using a photograph from the photographer Gavin Watson’s book Skins. I asked him if I could print shots from his book on to t-shirts. I made a number of these t-shirts. Gavin’s photos are relevant to me because they represent the demonised youth of the past. Just like my generation of young people are demonised in the media to all be hoodie wearing thugs and chavs so were the skinheads in the 80’s.”
“Not all of them were racist but because some of them were, the rest were all tarred with the same brush. That is why I feel the images of the skinheads represented in Gavin’s work are relevant to me and this generation. Gavin is a friend and the people he took photos of were his friends who listened to reggae and ska music. He documented life in those times, some of the people he shot may have been racists but his family and close friends weren’t.”
Check out our review of Plan B’s new album ‘ill Manors’ here. It’s out this Friday the 27th of July.