Lazily billed as the UK's answer to Enimem, Ben Drew emerged as an aggressive white-boy, rap star in the making in early 2005, spitting grim tales of council estate life while thrashing on an acoustic guitar. Teaching himself to play at 14, he was soon penning smoochy, R&B love songs until, enraged by the murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor, he turned to hip hop to express his anger at society's plight. Taking the name Plan B, Drew created a dark cast of characters and told of rape, drug abuse and violence on acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (2006), before turning his hand to acting and appearing in the British films Adulthood, Harry Brown and 18.104.22.168. His big commercial breakthrough came when he returned with a groove-laden, Motown-inspired sound and the fictional character of Strictland Banks, a British soul singer who is wrongly imprisoned. One of the best albums of the year, The Defamation Of Strictland Banks (2010) shot to Number 1 in the UK charts and produced the hit singles Stay Too Long, She Said and Prayin'; firmly establishing Plan B as one of Britain's brightest stars and winning him Q and Mojo Awards in 2010 and a BRIT in 2011
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