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Plies:Da REAList

THE JUMP OFF DA REALIST (Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic) While most of rap’s new generation have been collecting copper in the sales department, Plies’s Midas touch has been something to marvel at. After his 2007 debut, The Real Testament, sold over 500,000 copies, the Fort Myers, Florida, native promptly returned, 10 months later, with his 2008 sophomore LP, Definition of Real. Off the strength of saucy R&B singles like the Ne-Yo–assisted “Bust It Baby Pt. 2” and the mischievous “Please Excuse My Hands,” Plies’s second effort earned him not only another gold plaque, but also a reputation as a bankable hip-hop artist. Continuing to get ...

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