Drew explained where the name Strickland Banks came from to The Arts Desk
: "When I started doing music I wanted a stage name. I used to have all these MC names. I used to go to my friends every couple of months and say, 'Yeah, this is my new MC name, when I'm on the mic, call me H.O.T.' Then, 'No, don't call me that, call me Hot Property,' then 'Don't call me that, call me MC Scholar.' It was stupid so I thought, 'People call me B, short for Ben, so if I have a name that has B in it no one has to change what they call me.' Doing soul I was Strictly B, Strictly Business, then I ended up doing hip hop as Plan B. When I started doing an album about a soul singer, he had to be Strictly B, right, but if he's in a court they can't go, 'Yo! Will Strictly B please stand,' so what's his real name? Strickland Banks."