Rap duo iLL BLU have joined forces with the Mitchell Brothers and Sneakbo to present ‘Routine Check 2.0’.
The song is a remake of the 2004 classic by the Mitchell Brothers featuring Kano and The Streets. The song originally was made in protest of institutional racism present within the UK Police’s stop and search policy.
Most famously, the song asserts that it seems that the UK police “routinely check black youths in hoodies and crepes”.
Sadly, seventeen years later the song remains just as relevant.
In this new version, references are made to recent events with regards to global racism and anti-blackness. ‘BLM’ is mentioned multiple times, and how the movement is jumped upon as a “hashtag” until it actually matters. The artists also pay tribute to murdered American George Floyd (“R.I.P. George”).
The visuals end with a poignant scene where four police officers take the knee (a sign of protest against racism made popular by American football player Colin Kaepernick).
iLL BLU have simultaneously released a documentary about racial profiling with their new track.
The documentary begins with a number of damning recent stats regarding the effectiveness of the UK Police’s stop and search policy.
Most notably, between April 2018 and March 2019, there were only 4 stop and searches carried out per 1000 white people, whilst there were 38 stop and searches carried out per 1000 black people. It’s worth noting that in the last census, around 3% of the population was reported as being black, whilst 86% were white…
Whilst the documentary briefly covers the process behind the rehashing of ‘Routine Check’, the majority of it focuses on the artists and their associates’ personal experiences of being unjustly stopped and searched in the past.
Comparisons are made between the times in which the original track was made and now, and there is a general critique of Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. This is what allows police to stop and search a person without reasonable suspicion.
We strongly recommend you check out the full documentary below.