The Just Kids Issue is available to buy from i-D online here and on newsstands now
i-D kick starts the new season with a celebration of what it means to be young today. Youth isn’t determined by what age you are. Nor what stage of life you’re in. It isn’t to do with experience, nor responsibilities. Feeling youthful is finding joy and pleasure in everything you do, whatever your age.
Few entertainers speak on behalf of kids today as often and as effectively as Ben Drew. From his provocative first album to his more recent directorial debut, Plan B’s ability to capture what’s happening with kids right now is both powerful and important. In The Just Kids Issue, i-D Music Editor Hattie Collins asks the rapper, actor and director why the hell he cares so much.
“When I left school I sensed this prejudice towards me because of where I came from, the music I listened to, the people that were my friends, and the way I talked. I met a lot of people who made me feel, or straight up told me, that I wasn’t good enough to make something out of myself. I used that and turned it on its head into something positive.”
Ben Drew in The Just Kids Issue, Pre-Fall 2012, available to purchase here.
Text: Hattie Collins
Photography: Alasdair McLellan
Styling: Elgar Johnson
From top. Look one: Ben wears jumper Lacoste L!ve. Bracelet Kivanc and Lisa E Moss. Look two: Ben wears jacket and T-shirt Polo by Ralph Lauren.