“Pieces” is a collaborative single, recorded by British musicians and production team Chase & Status featuring vocals from British singer-songwriter and rapper Plan B. The single was released on 29 September 2008 as the lead single from Chase & Status’ debut studio album, More Than Alot. The track, co-written by Ben Drew (Plan B himself), later went on to feature in Drew’s first movie production, Ill Manors, with the music video also appearing on the DVD release. The music video for “Pieces” was directed by Drew, and features Chase & Status and Plan B in the recording studio, recording the track, while Plan B’s ex-girlfriend destroys his flat and the trio witness it on CCTV.
“Pieces” was released as a double AA-side single with the instrumental track “Eastern Jam”, which became the following track in More Than A lot. “Eastern Jam” is one of the few dubstep songs in the drum and bass album, and another one of Chase & Status’s earliest hit songs. It is based on the song “Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka” (as performed by Shreya Ghoshal, produced by Ismail Darbar and written by Nusrat Badr) from the soundtrack of the 2002 Bollywood film Devdas. The track was later reproduced by Ted “Wild Animals” Chung to become the basis for the Snoop Dogg song “Snoop Dogg Millionaire”, which was inspired by the similarly-titled 2008 film. The remix features singer Tanvi Shah, who is heard singing in both English and Hindi in the song.
“End Credits” is the first single to be taken from Drum and Bass duo Chase & Status’ second studio album, No More Idols. The single was co-written, co-produced and features vocals from Plan B, and was released on 29 October 2009, peaking at number nine on the UK Singles Chart.
The song was used in a trailer for the video game F1 2010, and featured also in-game, as well as serving as the official theme from the Michael Caine film Harry Brown, in which Drew co-starred. The track has been covered by Jess Mills as a B-side for her 2011 single, “Live For What I’d Die For”. The track also appeared in series 8, episode 2 of British comedy-drama Shameless in 2011. The main chord sequence of the song has been noted for its similarity to Radiohead’s track, “Reckoner”. The music video for “End Credits” was directed by Kim Gehrig, and features footage from Harry Brown. The promotional CD single features alternate artwork to the official release, and instead portrays Michael Caine pointing a gun (likely at Plan B). The VIP version of the track was released through Ram Records in the UK as a double AA-side of the VIP mix of “Is It Worth It”, a track from the duo’s debut album More Than Alot with vocals from Takura Tendayi.
“Stay Too Long” is the first single from British musician Plan B’s second album The Defamation of Strickland Banks. The single was released on 8 January 2010. Drum and bass group Pendulum also produced a remix, their first in three years, which was used as runway-soundtrack for the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The Pendulum remix was also used on the video game Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and a short version is used on the video game The Sims 3: Pets trailer. The song was also used in part of episode two of the sixth series of Doctor Who Confidential. The song was also used in The Inbetweeners Movie. BBC also use this as their theme for tennis.
“She Said” is the second single from British musician Plan B’s second album The Defamation of Strickland Banks — a concept album whose songs tell the fictitious tale of a sharp-suited British soul singer who finds fame with bitter-sweet love songs, but then loses everything when he ends up in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The single was released as a digital download and on CD single on 24 February 2010. “She Said” was the sixteenth best selling British single of 2010.
“The Recluse” is the fourth single from Plan B’s second album The Defamation of Strickland Banks. The single was released on 4 October 2010. “The Recluse” has been labeled as “one of his best singles to date” by critics, “neatly marrying poignancy and aggression into a 4-minute-long track with a surplus of scaling strings and his voice showing more desperation for release than ever before.”This song was covered by George Michael during his “Symphonica” tour.
“Prayin'” is the third single from British rapper Plan B’s second album The Defamation of Strickland Banks – a concept album whose songs tell the fictitious tale of a sharp-suited British soul singer who finds fame with bitter-sweet love songs, but then loses everything when he ends up in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The single was released as a digital download and on CD single on July 9, 2010.
Who Needs Actions When You Got Words is the debut studio album released by British rapper and songwriter Plan B on 26 June 2006. The album was recorded with producers such as Fraser T Smith, Paul Epworth, The Earlies and The Nextmen. The title of the album derives from a line in the Meat Puppets song “Plateau”, famously covered by Nirvana on their album MTV Unplugged in New York.
The vinyl version of the album was released as a double 12″ vinyl, and bonus 7″ vinyl, containing a total of fourteen tracks. The vinyl version featured the tracks in a slightly different order than the standard release, and also includes “Breakdown”, and the Earlies version of “Sick 2 Def”, in place of the standard version, however, the track “Everyday” is omitted. A deluxe edition of the album was issued in certain territories in 2007, containing the all-new collaborative single with Epic Man, More is Enough. The album received very favourable reviews from critics in the hip-hop, indie and mainstream communities. In 2006, Q Magazine rated the album sixty-fourth in their 100 Best Albums of 2006. The album reached and peaked at No. 30 on the UK Albums Chart, when it was released on 26 June 2006. In February 2010, three and a half years after its release, the album was certified Silver by British Phonographic Industry for selling over 60,000 copies.
“Mama (Loves a Crackhead)” is the fourth single by British rapper and songwriter Plan B, taken from his debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words, which was released two weeks prior to the single. “Mama (Loves a Crackhead)” was the first single to be entirely produced by Plan B himself. “Mama” was released on 10 July 2006, and it just missed out on a UK Top 40 placing, peaking at #41. The song “tells the sad story of his mother’s relationship with a crack addict”. The music video for “Mama (Loves a Crackhead)” was directed by Dawn Shadforth. The song samples “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates and a remix version featuring Hall & Oates is also featured on his Paint It Blacker mixtape.
“Love Goes Down” is the fifth single from British songwriter and rapper Plan B’s second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks. The single was released on 3 December 2010. HiveMag said of the song: “It’s delightfully soulful and gentle, especially in contrast with some of Plan B’s earlier records. It’s a nice wind-down song. It’s peaceful; it’s relaxing and perfect for this time of year. Yes it may be different and maybe we shouldn’t like it, but the vintage sounding, Motown-like track just seems to work. It’s different but I admire artists that experiment with their sound and adapt to new sounds.”
“Lost My Way” is a hip hop song performed by English singer-songwriter Plan B. The track was released in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2012 as the second promotional single from the Ill Manors soundtrack, a film which Plan B also directed. A remix of the track features vocals from American rapper Raekwon.
The song was first played by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on 23 May 2012. The same night, a lyric video for the track premiered on YouTube. On 20 June 2012, the track was available for download for free via iTunes with the pre-order of the deluxe edition of the III Manors album. On the same day, a remix of the track featuring American rapper Raekwon premiered on YouTube.
“Ill Manors” (stylised as “ill Manors”) is a hip hop protest song by English singer-songwriter Plan B. The track was released in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2012 as the lead single from the soundtrack to Ill Manors, a film written and directed by Plan B. The song was written in reaction to the 2011 riots across England, and specifically Plan B’s perception of “society’s failure to nurture its disadvantaged youth”.
Ill Manors received mostly positive reviews from music critics and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart. In October 2012, the song won the Q Award for Best Track.
“Hard Times” is the seventh single from British rapper and songwriter Plan B’s second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks. On 19 May 2011, it was released as a digital download, featuring newly recorded vocal parts by Elton John and Paloma Faith, recorded as a charity single with all the proceeds benefiting victims of the 2010 Pakistan floods and 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
“Deepest Shame” is a hip-hop song composed and performed by British rapper Plan B. The track was released in the United Kingdom on 9 September 2012 as the third official single from the ill Manors soundtrack, a film which Plan B also directed. The track was originally composed as a freestyle rap, entitled “Michelle”, and later reworked into a soul number for inclusion in Ill Manors.
“Deepest Shame” was first composed as a freestyle rap entitled “Michelle”. The track was first used in Ben Drew’s 2008 short film Michelle, and this version features beatboxer Faith SFX. The version of “Michelle” that was used in ill Manors has some elements similar to “Deepest Shame”; however, for the album release, the song was re-written as more of a soul number, although “Michelle” is included on the deluxe edition bonus disc. “Michelle” was originally a freestyle rap, featuring an extended rap verse and no “Deepest Shame” chorus. However, in the final version, the extension of the verse was taken out, replaced by a new first verse which is sung, rather than rapped, and some lyrics of the original rap were modified for radio use.
The song was premiered on Later… with Jools Holland on 11 May 2012. The Andy C remix of the track, which serves as the official single remix, was uploaded to UKF Drum & Bass on 2 September 2012. The Cinematic remix received its worldwide premiere on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show on the same day. An iTunes Store pre-order link confirmed the final track listing of the digital single, and in a similar format to the ill Manors EP, contains three remixes, an a cappella version and an instrumental. The EP was originally scheduled to be released on 2 September 2012 but its release was delayed by a week to 9 September 2012. The New Machine remix, featuring a combination of Ed Sheeran’s chorus, the original album version, alongside new rap verses from Chip and Devlin, premiered on YouTube on 8 September 2012.