British musical maverick Ben Drew aka Plan B has unveiled his incredibly powerful video for new track ‘In The Name Of Man’, taken from his forthcoming fourth studio album. Focusing around mass upheaval, the video sees the use of puppets to form a compelling and often shocking narrative, seeing people displaced from their home, juxtaposed against captivating historical footage of the past.
‘In The Name Of Man’ premiered last week as ‘Hottest Record’ on Mistajam’s show, and sees the first musical output by the multi-award winning musician /actor / director in over five years. In tandem with the premiere, Plan B also revealed the Making Of commentary accompaniment to the video, highlighting his inspirations and motivation to create such a socially-poignant visual.
The video sees a collaboration between Plan B and Flabbergast Theatre, a small company that he came across at a show in Angel, London. He was hugely inspired by their innovative and incredibly life-like use of puppetry, often using tiny movements to convey bold emotions, resulting in dynamic and moving story-telling which is perfectly suited for the often heart-rending lyrics of the track itself.
Plan B made his first live appearance in over 4 years, headlining Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull at the end of May. He has some incredibly special events planned for this summer – watch this space.
A truly maverick figure in the world of music, Ben Drew’s diverse creativity is inexhaustible. His raw, incendiary debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words broke new ground for UK hip hop in 2006, a loud, proud, obscenity-riddled scream of anger and pride from the streets of East London. But a part of Ben always stayed faithful to the soul he’d first heard as a child, and his sophomore album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks saw him marry the two together with astounding success, achieving quadruple-platinum status, hitting the #1 album spot and selling over 1.4 million copies in the UK alone, plus seeing him win both a BRIT and three Ivor Novello’s. His 2012 directorial debut (and accompanying album) iLLManors saw him smashing boundaries with his creative style of overlapping stories and interweaving rap-narrative, boldly addressing socio-political issues with his often brutal cultural commentary, seeing Ben nominated for his fifth BRIT Award, and once again hitting #1 in the UK album chart.