British MC and actor Plan B (real name: Ben Drew) came to notice with “Cap Back,” a playful, Wiley-referencing track produced by Roll Deep's Wonder that appeared on the 679 label’s Run the Road compilation in 2005. Signed to 679's roster, the London native proceeded to release a handful of singles across 2005 and 2006, which culminated in his debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words. Its title a Meat Puppets reference, with tracks featuring clever samples of Hall & Oates, the Prodigy, and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap (often with acoustic guitars over shuffling breakbeats), the album made it clear that there was no easy way to classify the MC. Released in 2010, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, not just an album but also a film directed by and starring Drew, was led by “Stay Too Long,” a stomping, organ-led rock song depicting an alcohol-fueled tailspin. The single reached the U.K. Top Ten. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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