"Acoustic Hip-Hop from East London!"
23-year-old east Londoner Ben Drew could well be the most exciting MC this city has produced. 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. Plan B released his debut single in 2005 and was a limited edition 7" vinyl double A-side of "Kidz" and "Dead And Buried". The single was his first and only single released by Pet Cemetery Recordings and was limited to 500 copies. Neither "Kidz" or "Dead And Buried" had a music video and the single is now deleted. On December 19, 2005, he released his second vinyl single, his first for 679 Recordings and a second double A-side. The first track, "No Good" contained an interpolation of the chorus from The Prodigy's "No Good (Start The Dance)", and the second A-side, "Sick 2 Def", was an acoustic track. The music video, for "No Good", was his first music video and employed the techniques of stop-motion animation.In April 2006, he released a video only download single, Missing Links. The song had to be re-recorded because the original version sampled Pyramid Song by Radiohead and two days before the NME Awards, he still had not gained permission to use the instrumental and thus had to write a new backing track in two days. The new version goes in the opposite direction of the previous electric sound, now using simply an acoustic guitar, a cello and drums.His debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words was released on 26 June 2006. The title was taken from the lyrics to a Meat Puppets song, covered by Nirvana for their MTV Unplugged In New York album. Drew cites Kurt Cobain as one of his heroes and also states that the phrase should help make people realise that his songs are meant to be taken as words and not meant to incite action.Plan B appeared on Later with Jools Holland on June 23, 2006, where he performed his first full single release "Mama (Loves A Crackhead)", which was released on July 10, 2006, peaking at #41 in the UK singles chart.
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