Plan B Rapper Biography
Plan B born Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew, is an English hip hop recording artist, actor, film director and producer. In 2006 is the year in which he first emerged as a rapper releasing his critically acclaimed inauguration album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words. He later released his second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks (2010), was a soul record and went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart.
When it comes to collaboration, he has been open collaborating with diverse artists such as Chase and Status most notably on the 2009 top ten single “End Credits”. He has also had a successful film career as an actor, with roles in Adulthood (2008), Harry Brown (2009), 184.108.40.206. (2010) and The Sweeney (2012). He released the film Ill Manors in 2012, which he wrote and directed, accompanied by a Plan B soundtrack album which became his second number one album.
Plan B English Rapper Age
Plan B was born on 22 October 1983. He is 35 years old as of 2018.
Plan B Album
- The Defamation of Strickland Banks
- Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
- Ill Manors
- Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose
- Local Everywhere (DJ Vetkuk Vs. Mahoota)
- I’m the Captain, Where We Going?
- 50 Hits
- La Nena de Blow
- Like A Ship Sailing
- R&B Anthems
- Los Matadores del Genero
- Perfectly Chilled – Ministry of Sound
- J Alvarez (Remixes)
- Mum: The Collection
- 100% Reggaeton
- Nico Canada Presenta A lo Under – Zona De Perreo Vol. 2
- Love Songs: The Collection
- Reggaetony 2
- Reggaeton Super Beats
- Fitness Beats – The Running Mix 2014
- Reggaeton Sex Crew
- Remix Classicos
- De la Calle al Escenario
- Run The Road II (US format)
- Boy Wonder Presents: Chosen Few Grandes Exitos
- Party: The Collection
- iTunes Festival: London 2010
- Blin Blin
- Aliados al Escuardron
Plan B Music Career
2005–09: Early career and debut album
He first appeared with the track “Cap Back”, produced by DJ Wonder (formerly of Roll Deep), on the grime compilation album Run the Road (2005). He also released his first single “Kidz”/”Dead and Buried” in 2005 as a limited edition 7″ vinyl on his own label Pet Cemetery Records. ?
His prowess grew by the day and soon gained a recording contract with 679 recordings and released his second double A-side single “Sick 2 Def”/”No Good”, filming his debut music video for “No Good”.
Plan B released a video-only download single for “Missing Links”in early 2006, which later had to be re-recorded because he did not gain sample permission from Radiohead for the use of “Pyramid Song”. He also released his first mixtape It’s Time 4 Plan B with the May 2006 issue of Hip Hop Connection magazine. On 23 June 2006 Plan B made his first television appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, performing an acoustic version of “Mama (Loves a Crackhead)”. His début album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words was recorded with producers Paul Epworth, Fraser T Smith and the Earlies, and was released 26 June 2006, charting the following week at number thirty on the UK Albums Chart. The album gained positive reviews from most critics, including a five-star review from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis. In July 2006, “Mama (Loves a Crackhead)” was released as a single, becoming the first Plan B song to appear on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number forty one. In 2006, Paul Epworth and Plan B collaborated again on the track “More Is Enough” by Epic Man (Paul Epworth).
After touring throughout 2006, playing at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, a music video was filmed for “No More Eatin'” to accompany the release of Plan B’s Live at The Pet Cemetery EP on 30 October 2006 (including a new version of “No More Eatin'” and two b-sides). On 11 December 2006 he released the Remixes EP (which included the Hadouken! remix of “No More Eatin'”). During his January–February 2007 tour (which included support from Professor Green, Example, Killa Kela and Hadouken!), Plan B released his second mixtape Paint It Blacker, containing bootleg recordings of songs by artists such as the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Radiohead, Coldplay, Leonard Cohen and José González with producers Sem, Beni G from the Mixologists and Amir Amor. In 2007, Plan B re-released the song “No Good” with new remixes, and a music video was filmed for the b-side “Bizness Woman” (featuring beatboxer Kila Kella). Also in 2007, Plan B featured on songs by other artists such as Professor Green, Killa Kela, Skrein, Shameless and the Mitchell Brothers.
With a supporting role in the film Adulthood (2008), Plan B recorded three songs for the film’s soundtrack – “End in the Streets”, “On It 08” with Adam Deacon and “I Need Love” featuring Raleigh Ritchie. Plan B also featured on the Chase & Status single “Pieces”, which topped the UK Dance Chart in 2008 and peaked at number seventy on the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, Plan B recorded “Shifty” with Riz MC and Sway, which was lifted from the soundtrack to Eran Creevy’s film Shifty (2009), starring Riz Ahmed (Riz MC) and Daniel Mays. Also in 2009, Plan B played Noel Winters in Harry Brown, and achieved his first Top ten hit single with “End Credits”, another collaboration with Chase & Status which featured in the soundtrack for Harry Brown. ”’
2009–present: Strickland Banks era and Ill Manors
Plan B’s second album and film The Defamation of Strickland Banks was released on 12 April 2010. The lead single from the album, “Stay Too Long”, reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The next single from the album, “Love Goes Down”, was accompanied by an official music video featuring Andy Crane, Paul Young, Abbey M. Butler, Vicky McClure and Kaya Scodelario, which had its own premiere on 16 November 2010.
He supported Noel Gallagher on the second night of his solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 March 2010, and played in Bangor at the Radio 1 Big Weekend on 23 May 2010 on the New Music We Trust stage. He performed a duet of “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” with Elton John as part of Elton’s BBC Electric Proms performance at the Roundhouse in London in October 2010.
On 16 February 2011, Drew won Best British Male at the Brit Awards.
In March 2012 he released the single and video for “Ill Manors”, a song (containing a sample from Peter Fox’s “Alles Neu”) which deals with the 2011 London Riots, and which was described by the Guardian as “the first great mainstream protest song in years”. A soundtrack album and film of the same name (Drew’s first as both writer and director) were released in June 2012, followed by three more singles: “Lost My Way”, “Deepest Shame” and “Playing with Fire”.
Drew produced “Pray for Love” by Kwabs, released on 6 May 2014.
His forthcoming new album, called The Ballad of Belmarsh, is a hip-hop laden “series of events” that depicts the story of Plan B’s alter-ego, Strickland Banks. He has said that he recognises the fact that the upcoming hip-hop album will probably not have the same appeal or be as successful as his previous soul album, which has sold over 500,000 copies, but he is unconcerned by this.
“I know The Ballad of Belmarsh is not going to work commercially, I know radio ain’t going to play it but I’m still going to put it out there because I love it. It’s a piece of art.”, he said. “It’s probably going to sell about 100,000 copies – no more. But I’m cool with that.”
On May 18th 2017 Plan B released his first single in 5 years titled “In The Name Of Man” and announced he had been in the studio recording an album via Twitter. His newest album, Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose, will be released April 13, 2018. He said in an interview that this album will be less hip-hop orientated then his first two albums and stated “….because I feel that I’m not being honest with myself if I’m living the high life and I’m trying to rap about the other side of things”.
Plan B had said that he took time off from the music industry to focus on fatherhood, and also to connect with friends and family he says he felt alienated from after the release of Ill Manors. “I felt spiritually lost at the end of Ill Manors. I hadn’t seen my family, really, since 2009. Certain friendships were just completely dissolving. I’d always felt like I was fighting to be taken seriously, fighting for recognition, and suddenly I had it all, and I thought, ‘Shit, I’ve got nothing to fight for.'”
Plan B Film career
After previously appearing in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s short film Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) in 2005, Drew’s first major film role was as a supporting character (Dabs) in Noel Clarke’s Adulthood (2008). His song “Kidz” was previously included in the soundtrack to Kidulthood (2006), which led to Drew being cast in the sequel.
In 2009, Drew had another supporting role as Noel Winters in the Daniel Barber film Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine. In 2010, Drew appeared in Noel Clarke’s film 220.127.116.11.. Drew’s most recent role has been co-starring in The Sweeney film, based on the ’70s UK TV show of the same name, alongside Ray Winstone, playing the role of George Carter. The film was released on 12 September 2012 and went straight in at number 1 in the box office charts.
Drew expressed an interest in working in film early in his music career. In an interview about Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, he said: “We’re still promoting this album and I’ve started work on the next one, but I’m really getting into film at the moment. I’m writing this script, and I really want to find some time to focus on it, I really feel that’s what I’m destined to be doing”.
In 2008, Drew directed his first short film Michelle, which starred Adam Deacon and Skrein. He also directed the music video for “Pieces” (his collaboration with Chase & Status).
Drew began production on his first full-length feature film, Ill Manors, in September 2010. Speaking in March 2010 to UK soul-writer Pete Lewis (Deputy Editor of the award-winning Blues & Soul), Drew described ‘Ill Manors’: “It’s a hip hop, music-based feature film which has six short stories that all kinda mix together to make one BIG story – and each mini-story will be represented by a different hip hop track. It’ll all be narrated by me, and it’ll actually be the reverse of ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ – in that with ‘Ill Manors’, the film will come out first and the soundtrack will come afterwards. And again the soundtrack will be a film for the blind, in that you’ll be able to listen to it and it’ll tell you the story of the film.”
In June 2011 Hewlett-Packard signed up Plan B as part of their advertising campaign for their Beats Audio laptops, using a short film exclusive to UK cinemas which showed Plan B with his band in a recording studio de-constructing the song “She Said”, which had been a UK chart success a year earlier. Subsequently, in its 24 June issue, the British satirical magazine Private Eye made reference to the ad in its Ad Nauseam column, voicing the magazine’s view that Plan B’s involvement in the commercial seemed to be at odds with his comments at the Ivor Novello Awards regarding music promotion, where he criticised what “…has to go on in order to get your music to get played to the masses” (in reference to his own US stage tour just prior to the awards).
In July 2011 Bulmer’s cider announced that they had signed up Plan B to help sell their product, releasing an advert which depicted a live performance by Plan B.
Plan B Controversy
In July 2012, Drew issued an apology after he appeared on the cover of Shortlist magazine wearing a t-shirt featuring white supremacist rock band Skrewdriver.
Plan B Discography
Plan B Filmography
|Adulthood||2008||Dabs||Credited as Ben Drew|
|Harry Brown||2009||Noel Winters||Credited as Ben Drew|
|18.104.22.168.||2010||Terry||Credited as Ben Drew|
|Turnout||2011||John||Credited as Ben Drew|
|Ill Manors||2012||Taxi driver (cameo)||Also writer and director|
|The Sweeney||2012||DS George Carter||Credited as Ben Drew|
|Catch Me Daddy||TBA||Pre-production|
|The Devil’s Dandruff||TBA||Jason Cook||Pre-production|
|Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches)||2005||Lead role||Short film|
|Michelle||2008||Himself, narrator||Short film|
|“Sour Times” (by Riz MC)||2009||Himself (cameo)||Music video|
|“Let You Go” (by Chase & Status feat. Mali)||2010||Drug dealer (cameo)||Music video|
|“2 Minute Silence” (by The Royal British Legion)||2010||Himself (cameo)||Music video|
|“Raver” (by Shy FX feat. Kano, Donaeo & Roses Gabor)||2010||Himself (cameo)||Music video|
|The Defamation of Strickland Banks||TBA||Strickland Banks||Short film|
|“Pieces” (by Chase & Status feat. Plan B)||2008||Music video|
|“Lost My Way” (by Plan B)||2012||Music video|
Also directed by Paul Caslin
|“Guess Again” (by Plan B)||2018||Writer||Music video|
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