T.I.(then) = Plies(now)

Those Dirty Awards must have been better than what I’m admitting too because I keep using this show as frame of reference for my blogs.

Eventhough the show was hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, it was obvious that Florida was running shit. I kept seeing T-Pain, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and Plies winning shit. I can’t say that it was surprising because really, they pretty much had shit on lock for a good portion of this year.

But what did surprise me was the crowd’s (the girls mainly) reaction to Plies everytime he either opened his mouth or was shown on camera. Winning awards and shit is cool, but I like to think that you’ve officially made it when that whenever you are seen or mentioned, dudes say “I fuck with that nigga” and women say “ooh, that’s my baby daddy.” Getting complements like that eclipse any award a room of voters can give you.

But anyways, one of the times he went up to the podium to either accept and award or present one, all the girls started going crazy whenever he spoke. Almost as if he was the grilled-out Barry White or something. When he started talking with his loooooong-drawn out drawl he sounded very familiar. Yeah, he sounded like a couple I’ve seen posted up downtown. Yeah, he sounded like a couple cats I used to hang with. But he sounded like someone else too, someone that I hadn’t seen in a while. Then it clicked…he sounds like T.I. from 5 years ago.

Then I took a good look at him [pause like a mah fugga] and saw that damn, Plies kinda looks like T.I. from 4-5 years ago too. Seeing how people react to Plies “real nigga-isms” reminded me of my Senior year in college when I was wondering just why all those freshmen were going goo-goo-ga-ga over T.I. at the time.

This made me dig in my catalog to see if I was actually onto something or if I was overthinking. I like to think it was more of the former. A few of Plies’ songs leading up to, and actually appearing on The Real Testament took me back to T.I.’s I’m Serious/In Da Streetz days.

1.) You have the “pussy” songs:

T.I.: “What’s Yo’ Name”-I’m Serious, 2001

Plies: “Ms.Pretty Pussy”

2.) You have the heartfelt “damn, I be fuckin’ up” songs:

T.I: “I Still Ain’t Forgave Myself”-I’m Serious, 2001

Plies: “Runnin’ My Mama Crazy” The Real Testament, 2007

3.) The “object of my desire” song:

T.I.: “Do It”-I’m Serious, 2001

Plies: “Hypnotized”-The Real Testament, 2007

4.) Even the “I got the last verse on the state-anthem posse cut” song:

T.I: On Bonecrusher’s “Neva Scared

Plies: On DJ Khaled’s “I’m So Hood

There are a few more parallels, but I’ll stop with those.

Granted, I don’t think personally think that Plies’ 36 Ounces and 100% Real Nigga mixtapes were are as dope as T.I. and P$C’s In Da Streetz series, but it can’t be denied that both had equally strong impacts on their respective fan base/region and led to both of them getting signed to major deals. Plus, much like how T.I.’s I’m Serious album was recieved in 2001, Plies’ The Real Testament is getting looked at as one of those “you know what, this guy might not be that bad, I’ma check it out, eventually” type albums.

Then again, like I said, I might be overthinking all of this. I mean, we all know how this music industry is sometimes. Music and images tend to go in a cycle, thus making it possible to for lightning to strike twice.

So who’s to say whether its swagger jacking or just pure happenstance. After all, there’s nothing new under the sun.

  • JAY STONE

    plies is garbage!!!!!!
    t-pain is wack!!!!!!!
    T.I ?????????

  • Colron

    Tru, I been saying he sound reminiscent of T.I. He just aint as nice. maybe he hasnt reached his full potential.

  • DirtDogggy

    Plies = dump truck full off garbage, even TI sons this shit submarine of a mc.

  • RAP IS CRAP!

    T.I. is 27 now and was about 20-21 when all his buzz was getting started.

    Plies is 32…I repeat THIRTY-TWO years old right NOW!

    Even if he does a new album every year/year-and-a-half He’ll need a gold platted walker by the time he drops his 5th album like T.I. has.

    Plies is ni T.I., he’s just a Wanksta that has swagger jacked the real KOS!

  • http://gooddoctorzeus.blogspot.com/2007/10/news-flash-xxl-magazine-chooses-next.html DocZeus

    As I said on my website before Plies is nothing more than a Southern Ja Rule. Can we just pre-emptively find him his very own 50 Cent so we can end his career now.

  • BIG O

    i dont think plies is the ne t.i because hes not as talented but t.i is definatly the new and more popular cool breeze.if the south was popping like it is now 10 years ago niggas would be saying t.i stle cool breeze’s style like ja rule stole dmx’s

  • THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    Whooooooah! Slow down there Dexter!

    Just because a bunch of ghetto trash is cheering for some other ghetto trash at the “Official Ghetto Trash Awarads” doesn’t mean a thing!

    Plies is a below average mixtape rapper with a record deal at best…If it weren’t for a T-Pain/Akon feature you wouldn’t even be writing about his lil’ ass.

    Ok, Florida/Georgia thinks he’s legit…but go up North and out West and you’ll see that people aren’t even paying attention because they know what he is – a corny Bama’ ghetto hood star with bad tatoos who needs to take a loooong bath!

    • NAWLEDGE

      Im from Florida homie. REAL lyricsists down here dont fuck with plies like that. We think that he’ll get better. But as of right now he sucks balls.

  • Joy

    Comparing Pliers to TI is a stretch. If nothing else TI has class and style, Pliers not so much. I can pull 20 rapp’n Jigs off of Myspace that have the same image/sound that can do what dude does better.

    Also, Black folks need to move on from the “HOODSTAR” and “Dufflebag” rappers and be more creative with our art. Pliers is embarressing!

  • EReal

    Plies has respect at least in FLA. These cats prolly didnt even listen to the tracks. He isnt T.I., but then T.I. isnt particualarly lyrical.

    Mehh, who cares, FLA is gettin some shine. heh.

  • Young Deuce aka Princinnati

    Plies does sounds kinda like T.I. but at the end of the day Tip’s career will last much longer due to the ages getting started.

  • JONATHAN

    YEAH YEAH NIGGA AND TI RECYCLED NELLY! ITS ALL RECYCLED!

  • BK Cyph

    I been tellin dudes that Plies was dope (AND IM FROM BROOKLYN!!!!!!)

    Ms. Pretty Pussy is such a dope song. lol Once i heard that it was a wrap I knew dude was gonna win!

  • http://www.myspace.com/wbwrkz Ky KN Reppin

    damn…aint it funny how history tries to repeat itself?

    listen
    http://www.myspace.com/wbwrkz

  • Ghost Deini

    Don’t compare Plies to T.I.. Plies can’t see TIP lyrically. Plies is ok at best. If he didnt do his first 2 singles with T-Pain and Akon, we wouldnt even know Plies.

    • $Pocket Pumper #1

      A person who listen to the radio all day would say some stupid s**t like that. invest in mixtapes or an ipod LOSER!! He had to put out something to grab the attention of the women because whoever the dj is…has to play what the women like. So when your lame ass listen to the radio “again” listen to how many girl songs they play. “THEY DO IT FOR THE B*%HES”… PLIES IS A VERY SMART MAN!! LOL

  • og bobby j

    I lost any respect Plies might have gotten when this radio dude asked him what his name meant and he said “Plies, like the tool you use to grab and squeeze things”…….Nuff said!

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndOfDaChi

      LMAO!!! Are you serious fam?

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Sol

    Plies gettin compared to Tip??? Don’t make me fuckin laugh. I aint really that much of a T.I. fan but I know that Plies aint no where near him. Of all the down south rappers, T.I. gets the most respect cuz he brings everything to the table. Charisma, lyrics, and he makes good hooks. But that nigga Plies? Get the fuck outta here!!! I can’t even say he has any of those things Tip has/had. T.I. been gettin my respect, but Plies got alot to prove to be in the same sentence as Tip. I’m sorry.

  • BLIZZ

    plies don’t sound like t.i and t.i don’t sound like plies..,,,and f.y.i,,,they already got a track together..,,so you can hear how they sound together…PLIES IS ONE OF IF ONLY THE REALEST RAPPERS THAT CAME OUT THIS YEAR,,AND I HEARD SOMEBODY ON HERE SAY THAT NIGGAZ ON THE EASTCOAST ANIT PLAYING PLIES MUSIC,,..IZ YOU CRAZY!!?? I LIVE IN JERSEY,,AND IT’S ALOT OF DUDEZ YP HERE LISTING TO THAT REAL NIGGA MUSIC….

    • nellz

      ummm….i never hear any1 bumpin plies…except females…and lets be honest…ALOT of Jersey niggas is listenin 2 lil wayne

    • $POCKET pUMPER #1

      THANK YOU… YOU SEE WHAT HAS HAPPENED bRA? YOU BRING REAL NIGGA MUSIC TO LISTENERS WHO HAVE BEEN STUCK ON WACK NIGGA MUSIC AND THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO ACT! tHEY NEED TO STOP BEING CHEAP AND INVEST IN A PLIES MIXTAPE OR ALBUM AND STOP LISTENING TO THE GOT DAMN RADIO! BECAUSE THATS THE ONLY REASON I CAN COME UP WITH ON WHY A NIGGA WOULD SAY PLIES IS WACK. BECAUSE ON THE RADIO THEY NOT GONNA PLAY THE REAL SHIT YOU DIG??

  • killa

    i’m a girl and you’re right. though i admit, you’re about 5 months late realizing this similarity, but I’ll give you a pass since you’ve got testicles and are naturally slower when it comes to what chics like. =0)

  • S.W.A.T.S 73

    GOOD BLOG

    I’m still fresher on a track than jesus christ feat. JAY Z — ” I’M SERIOUS ” T.I.P

    Ben Hill
    Attic Crew
    Zone 4

  • THAT DUDE

    YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!! Plies is trash and he knows it.This could be his last album if we are lucky.No matter what you think of T.I. he showed he could rhyme & make song’s from jump.

    And bitche’s will jock anybody with fame,money or power.That can’t be how you judge an M.C.!!

  • Atl’s own

    your comparison is legit.

    but i could put just about any rapper in this particular comparison and they would fit.

    from Jigga to snoop, hell 2pac would fit.

    personally i think Tip is in a different league when it come to music.

    But plies shit go hard though (sum of it, at least)

  • pimpcfan

    I hear all this NEGATIVE shit about Plies…(not that he gives a fuck) but he won an award for best new artist just recently. He’s doing something right! HOW MANY RAPPERS DO YOU KNOW IS WILLING TO STICK THEY NECKS OUT TO HELP THE INCARCERATED?? I’ve never seen a rapper go this far to help his people. He is like a voice for the harshly sentenced blacks,racial profiling etc… BLACKS ALWAYS FIND THE NEGATIVE IN EACH OTHER! WHAT ABOUT THE POSITIVE THINGS PLIES HAS DONE?? He’s sending people in prison holiday cards. I think that’s pretty cool!!!!! Say what ya wanna say….HE’S DOING THE DAMN THANG!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndOfDaChi

    I cosign Sol to the fullest.

    I’m not a Tip fan like that, but I’ve purchased a few of his albums and he has shown time and time again that he’s able to craft joints with some substance and is a capable rapper.

    Plies on the other hand is hot gawwwbage. I tried to listen to that brother’s album, and was turned off by the sheer ignorance in his rhymes. He’s not real, but real pitiful. Listen to 100 Years and tell me you don’t lose count of how many times he says the word “cracker”.

    Like someone posted before, lets hope this is his last album.

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    Man i don’t like to hate but, FUCK PLIES, i think he one of the sorryest(if a real word)man in da rap game rite now, nigga said he’s making reality music, but only reality music he makes is for the cars, money, and bitches, and the hood sh!t he’s talkin bout ain’t no hood, if u wanna hear some hood sh!t, listen to C-BO, lynch, even Jeezy. I hate it when people say they hood, and make bitch azz songs GTFOH……….

    • $$POCKET PUPMER #1

      WHAT ELSE YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PLIES BECAUSE WE TRYING TO RECRUITE 1200 MORE BEFORE JANUARY 1ST,2008. SO KEEP HATING BITCHES….LETS SEE WHERE HE GONNA BE AT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR???

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    and PLIES will never be on TI level, sh!t he barely past romeo level, and im gone……

  • Exotica

    Plies is that nigga. I think his lyricism is a lil elementary but his content is real. niggas think and go thru dat shyt everyday

  • dissapointed

    to be real plies sucks ass. he should quit while he’s behind.my girl actually said he’s better than chamillionaire hahaaaaha

  • yoprince

    if true, it’s a shame cuz plies could never rock like t.i.

  • SARGE

    PLIES IS A GEECHEE…AND THE BLACK RACE CAN’T AFFORD YOU NO MORE!

  • BK Cyph

    How many of ya’ll were actually bumpin “Im Serious?!?”

    If you werent shut the fuck up!

  • MzAlyShia

    ..i lyke plies but he aint no t.i and t.i. aint all that so i guess

  • ENG105

    These artist have acomplished a lot of things that are not as simple as we think. Criticism is natural, but we should give these artist some credit for making it to the top. We can see in our everyday lifes people trying to make it to where these artist are at, and i does not seem easy.

  • http://bigranworld.com bigranworld.com

    MG
    There are definitely similarities between the 2 but the most profound difference : Plies can’t rap to save his life. But only someone that has a tru appreciation for hip hop would care about that. Plies got with the right people and though he’s not a good rapper, he’s hired some good producers and put out some great songs. Kudos to him for that.
    Oh yeah them girls lost they minds when they saw him at the Dirty’s and the whole building rapped along with him when they cut his music off. Thats the stuff music memories are made of.

  • $Pocket Pumper # 1

    Yall dudes are straight up hatin on Plies. Niggaz are getting jealous because he getting all the shine from these ladies and honestly what this man talk about on his mixtapes and albums is some truthful shit. He talk about getting pussy, he talk about these lame ass, Pig ass police, he talk about phony ass niggaz who talk some much big boy shit and when its time to be on call you dont know where these niggaz at, he talk about the streets and the game in general. You clowns are just gettin use to lame niggaz in the rap game, probably got Soulja boy as a ringtone… with ya wack ass. You supposed to be a grown ass nigga!!

  • m.o.b. town reppin

    plies make shit 4 street niggas
    & women. STREET NIGGAS . so if aint a street nigga

  • m.o.b. town reppin

    plies make shit 4 street niggas
    & women. STREET NIGGAS . so if aint a street nigga

  • last of a dying breed

    plies make shit 4 street niggas & women. so if u aint in the streets please shut the fuck up. t.i. aint fuckin hittin no more . that ti vs tip shit was garbage . sorry ti but its tru . couldnt bump that shit ridin wit my dogs

  • Flymasta

    I LISTENED TO THAT PEACE OF SHIT ALBUM HE GOT 1 GOOD SONG GOONZ ARE LURKIN THAT’S IT HE SUCKS 2 ME

  • M.GOONETTE

    yall dont kno wat tha fuck yall talkin about tha north dont bang plies shidd is u fuckin out yo mind im n minnesota n niggas/bitches bang pliess so get yo facts straight b4 u say shit.. damn mothafuckas luv ta hate on somebody [plies] dats doin wayy betta den dem.. yall become famous den talk shit he makin money wat yall got SHIT! he tha realest.. i like t.i. n plies so i aint comparin neitha but FUCK THA HATERS.. u motha fuckas dont kno wat real is dats y yall couldnt relate.. FUCKIN FAKES!! he still doin his thang comin out wit anotha album he speak nothin but tha truth.. im glad he did go ta school shows he aint fuckin retard unlike yall sum of yall prolly aint finished n on here talkin shit lmmfao @ tha mothafuckas who didnt finish highschool n didnt make it ta college [nothin goin 4 yall selves]

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