Plan B: 'I was £40,000 in debt before 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' came out'

Rapper says it's a "massive misconception" musicians make money

Plan B: 'I was £40,000 in debt before 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' came out'

Photo: PA

Plan B has revealed that he was £40,000 in debt before his second album 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' came out.

"I didn't start making any money from live shows until about two years ago," he told BBC Newsbeat. "I was 40 grand in debt before Strickland Banks come out. So the first Strickland Banks tour I did I was in debt."

Plan B's second LP, 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' was released in 2010, following on from his 2006 debut 'Who Needs Actions When You Got Words'. It has sold over a million copies to date.

"People see you on film posters and they see your album out," he continued. "[They] see your videos and think you're making money. A massive misconception."

The rapper also spoke about his charity, Each One Teach One, which will help teenagers from east London break into the music industry. "Kids out there need to understand it's hard work," he said. "You can't just write a song, shoot some video and think you've made it. The reality is very different to how people see it. It took us years to feel like we were actually getting somewhere…The best get rich scheme is probably the lottery."

Plan B recently announced a full UK arena tour for February 2013. The rapper, who released his new film and accompanying soundtrack 'iLL Manors' earlier this summer, will play 11 shows across the UK.

Plan B will play:

Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (February 1)
Manchester Arena (2)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (4)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (5)
Bournemouth International Centre (7)
Birmingham LG Arena (8)
London O2 Arena (9)
Brighton Centre (11)
Plymouth Pavilions (12)
Glasgow SECC (14)
Aberdeen AECC (15)


To check the availability of Plan B tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Read More On This Artist

More News
The Cribs: 'Having Dave Grohl in the studio was a good omen'
Flight Of The Conchords 'planning on touring' this year according to Jemaine Clement
Kanye West walks through field with baby North West in 'Only One' video – watch
Sam Smith on Adele comparisons: 'It just annoys me'
Kasabian: 'The Brit Awards have a conspiracy to shut rock 'n' roll out'
Jack White reunites The Raconteurs and performs with Loretta Lynn in Nashville – watch
Lil Wayne sues his record label for £34m
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler arrested following 'bar brawl'
2 Chainz announces plans to run for Mayor of College Park, Georgia
Purity Ring announce UK tour dates
Midweek Chart Update: Meghan Trainor on course for Number One spot
Taylor Swift copyrights use of the phrase 'This Sick Beat'
Sly Stone awarded £3.3 million in unpaid royalties
Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford teams up with Lance Armstrong
Skrillex, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs, Duran Duran added to Sónar festival bill
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to release acid house LP
Run The Jewels share 'Lie, Cheat, Steal' video - watch
Everything Everything: 'If you put out a record this year and it's all smiles, then...
Students launch petition to name east London University building after Wiley
Sinead O'Connor withdraws application to join Sinn Fein
Sleaford Mods back crowdfunded documentary 'about the band and state of modern Britain'
Björk on 'Vulnicura' album leak: 'There's no way to say how you'd...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM