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    Plan B

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    Genre:Soul, Hip-Hop
    Rank:5079 history »
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    Sick 2 Def lyrics
    2I Know a Song lyrics
    3Dead and Buried lyrics
    Hard Times lyrics
    5Rescue lyrics
    Fool Yourself lyrics
    Chase & Status feat. Plan B and Rage
    7El Que La Hace La Paga lyrics
    8Fanatica Sensual lyrics
    What You Gonna Do lyrics
    10Tough Love lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Love & Sex
    The Defamation of Strickland Banks [2010]
    Ill Manors [2012]
    Who Needs Actions When You Got Words [2006]


    Nobody who heard the era-defining London MC compilation 'Run The Road Volume 2' will forget the first time they heard Plan B's 'Sick 2 Def'. It's one of those 'what the fuck?' moments that leaves listeners slackjawed in amazement; a shocking, thrilling, extraordinary sound, one that's unlike anything you've ever heard before.

    It sees a young east London MC rapping brutal, X-rated reportage over a spartan, minimal, almost baroque acoustic guitar accompaniment. It's a sound that leaves music fans grasping at references. Nick Cave's murder ballads? Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues'? Shut Up And Dance's 'Autobiography Of A Crackhead'? Eminem's sordid white-trash doggerel? Quentin Tarantino? There's even a sequence which recounts a murder in reverse that recalls not so much Nas's 'Rewind' but Martin Amis's 'Time's Arrow'.

    Plan B is, as they say, no ordinary MC. He's as likely to be playing indie venues or folk clubs as he is hip hop jams or raves or R&B gigs. He can spit rhymes and hold his own against any MC or rapper, but can then suddenly switch into a delicate, sweet white soul croon that would shame any boyband member. He accompanies himself on an acoustic guitar, playing in a curiously folksy, fingerpicking style. But the killer punch is the lyrics - bleak, cinematic, X-rated urban poetry laced with a mordant wit and a strong dose of pathos.

    Ben Drew was born in 1983 in Forest Gate, east London, where he still lives. His mother works for the local council while his father, who he hasn't seen since he was a small child, was in an experimental post-punk band called The Pope. His mother bought Ben his first guitar when he was 14 and he started writing songs.
    'I taught myself a few chords and tried to write rock songs. I grew up listening to stuff like Radiohead and Prodigy and Nirvana and drum and bass, and I tried to do stuff like that on the guitar. Most of it sounded a bit stupid. But one day I wrote some R&B-style love songs on the guitar and played them to some guys at school. They were impressed.

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