Yesterday we told you that rapper Plan B had been nominated for a Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize award and it seems he wants to do more with the accolade than just hang it on his mantelpiece.

It was Plan B’s Ill Manors album, the OST to the film of the same name which he directed, that got him the recognition that led to the nod. He says:

Ill Manors shed light on a subject that needs to be discussed in this country.

Plan B, real name Ben Drew, is the only hip hop artist to have been nominated this year. He also said he believed that hip hop was more influential than politics:

What is great about UK hip hop is it changes people’s perceptions on life. I think it’s a better tool than politics.

Plan B also hopes that his potential win will do the same for UK hip hop as Dizzee Rascal’s win in 2003:

I can’t stop thinking about when Dizzee Rascal won it. It changed the way record labels were signing artists.

Fair enough. Hip hop can sometimes be just as influential as politics. However, let’s hope Plan B doesn’t go on the country’s most popular politics show and embarrass UK hip hop like Dizzee did on Newsnight four years ago.

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