Plan B

He really is multi-talented...

Wed 8 Jun 2011

Ben Drew, AKA chart-topper Plan B, has been around a while, but it with was soul-inspired hip hop tracks from his number one album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, that he came to prominence. Not being satisfied with taking the music world by storm, Ben appeared in the film Adulthood and plays DS George Carter in The Sweeney which is due out in cinemas in 2012.

Plan B's debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, was a critical success, however it peaked at number 30 in the UK album charts. In 2009, he had his first taste of the top in the form of a collaboration with Chase & Status, End Credits which charted at number nine. However, when he released The Defamation of Strickland Banks in April 2010, it went straight into the chart at number one and that's when became a household name.

He's renowned by his peers and fans alike for his story-telling rhymes, genre-twisting and soulful hooks and we're all waiting expectedly for him to finish his third studio album, The Ballad of Belmarsh. This album will form part of his musical film The Defamation of Strickland Banks. He told the BBC in June 2011:

"I just recorded Ray Winstone in the studio. I wrote a kind of John Cooper Clarke-esque spoken word rap. At the moment, it's called Officer Men, it's a working title and I got Ray to come in and spit it. It sounds amazing. It's like the 2011 Parklife but with, like, balls. I'm really really excited. It's weird because I was in the studio with him and I was like, 'This is the proudest moment of my musical life.' And I've had some great moments... I never thought he'd say yes, and he did."

So, it looks as if we've got plenty to look forward to from Plan B.