British rapper Plan B was $64,000 (£40,000) in debt before the release of his hit album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.

The urban star has opened up about his financial woes to dispel the "massive misconception" that breaking into the music industry will lead to huge fame and fortune.

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

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

"Kids out there need to understand it's hard work. 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's breakthrough The Defamation of Strickland Banks hit shelves in 2010 and sold more than a million copies.