The New School: Plan B

Ben Drew, aka East London rapper Plan B, breaks down the success of his soulful record The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

Released on 6/16/2011

Credits

Starring: Plan B

Transcript

00:01
[MC] Brooklyn, make some noise for Plan B!
00:06
(crowd cheering)
00:08
♫ We used to have fun
00:12
♫ Now all we do is fight
00:17
♫ We know something's wrong
00:20
♫ It's clear somethin' here ain't right
00:24
♫ We ain't over but the writing's on the wall
00:29
♫ We keep tryin' so we can say we gave it all
00:33
You gotta have a little bit of ego,
00:36
you gotta have a little bit of arrogance, of confidence
00:39
to do this job, because you have to believe
00:42
you're gonna fuckin' make it.
00:44
And the problem is some people,
00:46
they always say they're gonna make it,
00:48
and then they fuckin' make it straight away.
00:50
And suddenly they got all these people around them,
00:52
y'know free clothes, and money,
00:54
and suddenly they think they're some fucking god, yknow?
00:58
And slowly they start acting like a fuckin' asshole
01:02
and treatin' people like shit,
01:03
and they're not even aware that they're doin' it,
01:05
and I think that could have happened to me
01:09
if my first record blew up, y'know,
01:13
and the fact that it didn't
01:14
is what's kept my feet on the ground
01:16
throughout this whole experience.
01:17
You go from being a very open person
01:19
who just has fun and meets people
01:21
and spends time with strangers
01:24
and talks to 'em and has a drink with 'em
01:27
to turning in to someone who becomes reclusive and aloof,
01:34
and closed in, and that's kinda what happens.
01:38
So I can see why songwriters become fucking assholes,
01:42
and won't have a picture with a fan,
01:46
and I can see why they do that,
01:47
but the thing is, if you let one or two fuckin' assholes
01:50
make you become an asshole then you've lost, you've lost.
01:55
♫ It ain't over but the writing's on the wall
01:58
♫ We'll keep tryin' just so we can say we gave it all
02:02
♫ It ain't over but the writing's on the wall
02:06
♫ This time next year we'll be no more, yeah
02:12
♫ Talk about tomorrow girl
02:14
♫ It's only gonna end in tears baby
02:20
♫ Our time is borrowed, girl