What You Gonna Do

Album: The Defamation of Strickland Banks (2010)


  • The Defamation of Strickland Banks is a concept album by English Hip-Hop/Soul artist Ben Drew, aka Plan B, about a British soul singer who finds fame with bittersweet love songs, but then loses everything when he ends up in prison for a crime he didn't commit. This is the closing track on the CD and it finds Strickland back in court as new evidence has been brought up on his case. The record finishes with the listener not sure of whether he is sent back to prison or released. Drew reveals more of the storyline on a companion album called The Ballad of Belmarsh, a hip-hop laden "series of events" that depicts the story of Banks.
  • Drew told Artist Direct that he always saw this track as the album closer. He explained: "As I was writing it, I did, which is why I try to namedrop every song on the album in 'What You Gonna Do.' When I heard the music, it just felt like the end song—whether it be the penultimate or the very end. I say, 'Just don't leave me on a cliffhanger,' and it became evident that it had to be the last song. On the hip hop record, you find out in greater details what happened in the Strickland Banks story. I knew that record was coming so I didn't want to disclose that information on The Defamation of Strickland Banks. That's why I left this album on a cliffhanger."

Comments: 1

  • Jenko from BedfordshireThis amazing song for ending on a damn cliffhanger. I love you Ben but why you gotta do this to me?
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