Next Up: Plies

NO PUSSYFOOTING AROUND

plies.jpgThere are rappers who choose their words as carefully as they’d choose their last meals. And then there’s Plies. When the Fort Myers, Fla., native has something to say, odds are he’ll tell it to you straight—no chaser. Take, for instance, this oh-so-romantic line from his T-Pain–assisted breakout single “Shawty”: “I don’t fuck on the first night/’Cause after
I beat ya, baby, I’m liable to fuck up ya whole life.”

Granted, he’s no Romeo. But in hip-hop, honesty is usually the best policy, and it’s also Plies’ living creed. It’s this candor that’s helped the rookie gain the loyal, and growing, fan base that copped 96,000 copies of his Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic Records debut, The Real Testament, during its first week of release this past August. “I tell the truth,” says Plies. “I was never the dude that was tryna push you about street cred and stripes. I done been through it. I’ma give you my life. I’ma give you my issues. I’ma let you make your own decisions.” It wasn’t Plies’ original intention to be a rapper. Born Algernod Lanier Washington, raised by a single mom in Fort Myers’ Michigan Court Projects, he transitioned from the streets to the music industry on the business side. Employed by his older brother, Big Gates, who’d formed an independent label, Big Gates Records, in 2001, Plies worked behind the scenes before he wrote, and then voiced, the hook for a song (“Tell Dem Krackers Dat”) originally created for one of the label’s artists. When the song hit in 2003, carrying the first-time rapper’s name beyond local borders, he saw the moneymaking potential in performance and started working on material for himself. Mixtapes like 100% Real Nigga and 36 Ounces led to a 2004 deal with Miami-based Slip-N-Slide. Two years later, he thought he’d caught his first break after recording a verse on an Akon track—only to have his contribution cut after he was arrested for his involvement in a shoot-out at a
concert in Gainesville. (Two members of Plies’ entourage are facing attempted murder charges.) Snoop Dogg wound up replacing him on the final version of the song, which would go on to become a No. 1 pop hit: “I Wanna Love You.”

Plies seems to have recovered nicely, though. He knows why the streets embrace him and why it looks like the rest of the world might soon follow suit. “I try to give you stuff that I feel like we all can relate to,” he says. “Both the male side and the female side relate to. And the honestness of it.”
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  • Peru

    I’m not gonna say this nigga is garbage cuz I dont care enough to listen to alot of his music, but I have listened to the songs that he is getting all this praise over…what the fuck are you niggas shooting. Do ya’ll believe everything these ENTERTAINERS tell you??? This shit is getting ridiculous!!! Most of these niggas is not rich and are getting their strings pulled by the labels…this nigga talking bout fuck cracka this fuck cracka that…who the fuck you think is signing his check??? A FUCKING JEW!!! White folks pay all these rappers, see the thing is white folks will take reputation shots if it means more money to line their pockets with, niggas can’t do the same, we’ll kill each other over rep. Stop believing every thing these niggas tell you including these dumb ass publications, who do you think pays these pubs to do features like these…THE LABELS…THAT ARE OWNED BY WHITE PEOPLE!!!

    P.S. Madonna just signed a two album deal for $170 million…you tell me the last time a nigga signed a deal like that??? RAP AINT SHIT!!!

    • SLICK JAMES BITCH

      SHUT UP FOOL AND LET THE MAN GET HIS MONEY WHITE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT US EVERYDAY THEY JUST DON’T HAVE THE NUTS TO SAY WHATS ON THEIR MINDS PLIES DOES YOU CAN’T BE MAD AT THE WAY THE MAN GETS HIS MONEY HATER. YOU MUST BE ONE OF THEM CRACKERS HE IS TALKING ABOUT. AND BY THE WAY I GOT ALL OF PLIES SHIT AND IT IS ALL HOT CRACKER. AND I BET PLIES COULD FUCK MADONNA AND GET SOME OF HER MONEY YOU KNOW SHE IS A RICH WHITE HO.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/deshawn772004 Federal Ranga

    P.S. Madonna just signed a two album deal for $170 million…you tell me the last time a nigga signed a deal like that??? RAP AINT SHIT!!!

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    I’m sorry… didn’t 50 just get like $400 million for bullshit I (nor you) probably don’t even drink? When’s the last time Madonna did some shit like that? Only cracka came close was Britney Spears…

  • Peru

    50 got that check from WATER not music!!! And a majority of it was in STOCKS with coca cola, which wont mean shit if their stock dropped tomorrow!!! He only got $112 million in actual money. Get ya facts right!!! Madonna is getting an advance for $40 million, 50 got hmmmm, oh yeah $1 million!!! Madonna is a 48 yr old white women…50 is a hustler gangsta right…yeah right. RAP STILL AINT SHIT!!!

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  • BALTIMORE’S FINEST aka Mr. Aero aka Green Squad

    yo plies iz 2 real he mad hard he a straight g he dont care he tell it like it iz plies iz mega ova rated

  • roxy

    i love his music….i think hes real wit it and doesnt bother to beat around the bush. thats sumpin alotta people lack…and plies aint like that!! hes up front and real

  • angelboo

    u is so sexy and i like ur music