Plan B last week was nominated for a 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize he has said if he wins, he hopes to change people’s lives through his music. The rapper and singer was nominated for his album ‘Ill Manors’. Ben Drew said to the Daily Star newspaper of the nomination: ”It feels great; I can’t stop thinking about when Dizzee Rascal won it. It changed the way record labels were signing artists…
”The fact that UK hip-hop is on this list, and I’m the only one there, I am pleased. What is great about UK hip-hop is that it changes people’s perceptions on life.”
He went on to discuss the meaning of his album: ”’Ill Manors’ shed light on a subject that needs to be discussed in this country and what I’m doing outside of my career, with the Each One Teach One Trust which I’ve just set up.
”I think it’s a better tool than politics. That’s why books, music and film are extremely important. They can change the way we look at life.”
He concluded: ”I grew up only listening to artists who could teach me something or enlighten me, make me more spiritual and have a better understanding of life.”
The 28 year old is up against Jessie Ware and The Maccabees; the winner will be announced in November.
Check out Plan B’s incredible live lounge cover of Cheryl Cole’s ‘Call my Name’ below.