Another Big Day Out act to look forward to is that of English rapper/singer/actor Plan B.
27 year old Ben Drew has had his fingers in a few pies around the place over the last few years. He’s the voice behind not one but two of my favourite DnB tracks collaborated with king pins Chase & Status – deep dark drum n bass, and while it’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea the hauntingly beautiful lyrics of End Credits and Pieces speak a lot for themslves ‘When my mind stops thinking, And my eyes stop blinking, I hope…Somebody’s there’
If you’ve seen Harry Brown you might even recognise him as one of the chavtastic hooligans off that (and if you haven’t seen it you yet you should!), if you watched it to the end you might recognise his voice as End Credits rolls off literally over the end credits of the movie.
So my love has been lengthy for him already and when I heard he had released his second album I was intrigued. If you have a pre-conception of this guy from what i’ve already written then cast it away, The Defamation of Strickland Banks is a soul infused wonderment not akin to what you might have thought.
He’s a mish-mash of sorts, his voice is very transferable between genre’s with his first album, Who Needs Action When You Got Words, being a hip hop album and his next album, The Ballad of Belmarsh, rumoured to be dubstep (hmpf).
He’s got this aire of cool about him, the choreographed dancing amongst these relatively suave music videos makes me LOL (can’t figure out if he’s hot or not?).