Quadruple threat Plan B (also known as Ben Drew), is a rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director. Born in 1983, he hails from Forest Gate, London, England.
Drew’s father, Paul Ballance, played in a punk band, the Warm Jets, in the 1970s. When his father walked out on Drew when he was six years old he was taken care of by his mother. His interest in music started at 14 when he started playing Blur and Oasis songs on the guitar with his friends. Later he went on to compose his own R&B songs, but soon became tired of this music. At 18 he switched his focus onto rap and hip-hop music and wrote “Kidz,” which was inspired by the 2000 murder of ten-year-old Damilola Taylor.
Plan B released his debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, in June 2006. His track “Mama (Who Loves A Crackhead)” from this album was his first song to land on the U.K. Singles chart. His 2010 album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, tells the story of a fictional character played by Plan B. “Stay Too Long” was the lead single released from this album. His latest work, Ill Manors, a soundtrack album for his film of the same name, features title track “Ill Manors,” which is a protest song about the 2011 London Riots.
He has also acted in the films “Adulthood, “Harry Brown,” “188.8.131.52.” and the television series “The Sweeney.”
Track: “ill Manors”