Plan B to release new album in May

Rapper and singer says Ill Manors is 'light years ahead' of his previous effort, The Defamation of Strickland Banks

Plan B has announced details of his forthcoming album, the follow-up to his multi-platinum-selling The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Ill Manors – or iLL Manors, in Plan B's typography – will be released via Atlantic on 7 May.

"You could call iLL Manors 'bassline, soul, hip-hop'," Plan B said. "The album has the lyrical depth of my first record but the musical composition is light years ahead as it's informed by everything I've learnt in the last five years – writing, producing and playing with a live band. I feel I'm better than I've ever been."

Plan B – real name, Ben Drew – has written and directed a film, also called Ill Manors, which will be released on 4 May. He's combined film and music for some time, his most notable appearance being a role alongside Michael Caine in Harry Brown.

It seems there is no end to Plan B's ambitions. He's also keen to set up a charity, he told the Sun. "I want to start an umbrella charity giving money to smaller charities in England. I'm talking about stuff within the community, protecting kids – the kind of kids that were out rioting and feel like they have no prospects."


Michael Hann

The GuardianTramp

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