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"I'm not tryin' to impress anyone on how hard my struggle was, or how messed up the conditions were where I came from," says Plies. "I feel like most of the people in my situation come from the same type of background, the same type of environment."
Hailed as "one of the realest niggas you will ever know," the Ft. Myers-based rapper has already established a phenomenal underground and street presence on the strength of his infamous mixtapes and live show. Plies is a real life block hugger who happened to learn how to tell his story in rhyme. This is why the streets love him. And he reveals his revelations of earning stripes with the summer '07 release of his Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic debut, "THE REAL TESTAMENT."
Born in Ft. Myers, Florida, a city famous for its year-round warm weather, pristine sandy beaches, and inviting tourism, Plies was raised on the not-so-sunny side of town. "It's a small town, but it's a town that reflects so much to me. You've got two separate sides? you've got the serious side, then you've got the gutter side. I called it Pakistan because kids 11, 12 years old were running around with choppers and shit." Despite coming of age in the Michigan Court Projects, Plies says he wouldn't change it for the world. "The only thing adversity does is reintroduce you to yourself."
Plies first became involved in music because of his brother. "He started pursuing music, and I saw his vision," explains Plies. "It wasn't a dream of mine. It kind of happened accidentally. But at the same time, I'm a believer that nothing happens on accident."
Accidental or not, Plies and his brother, Big Gates, started Big Gates Records in the late 鈥?0s. The small label had three artists and dropped a handful of independent albums, but not from Plies. In fact, the now rapper refused to touch the mic in the beginning. It wasn't until he became frustrated trying to teach one of his artists a particular hook that Plies grabbed the mic. "He never could get the hook down, so the next day I let my brother hear the hook, and he told me to stay on there," recalls Plies. The song, "Tell Dem Krackers Dat," spread quickly through South Florida and fell into the lap of Miami-based powerhouse Slip-N-Slide. Impressed by Plies' movement, the nationally distributed label made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Plies describes his major label debut, "THE REAL TESTAMENT," as "the most anticipated situation in the streets right now." And rightfully so. On the album's Nitti-produced buzztrack, "Got 'Em Hatin'," the Ft. Myers bad boy explains exactly why underachievers are jealous of his 26-inch rims, blue diamonds, and stacks on deck. Over an up-tempo beat of menacing synths, heavy bass drops, and sparse snares, Plies boasts: "Some wanna see me broke/Some wanna see me in the Feds/The haters hate you when you're living/Love you when you dead/He just a mad rapper/He ain't blew yet/The streets don't feel him/I ain't have to go through that."
But Plies is about more than just moneymaking and bussing heads. On the breezy, mid-tempo "Shawty," Plies and fellow Florida boy T-Pain serenade their ghetto queens like only a true thug can: "Soon as I seen her, told her I'd pay for it/'Lil mama the baddest thing around and she already know it."
"I ain't got real problems," says Plies. "I've got the problems that come with being successful, but I ain't got real problems. There's some dude in the world that just got a life sentence today. That's a real problem. I make reality music. I don't make music that's out of touch. There's so much in the world that I can talk about that'll help people through their struggles." It's this key philosophy that differentiates Plies from other rappers.
In addition to "THE REAL TESTAMENT," Plies wrote the somber, slow-moving song "Bid Long" (not featured on the album) to specifically address those locked up in the prison system. Atop simple bass and snare and high-pitched piano chimes, he harks about how people tend to turn their backs when you have a 40-year prison sentence: "Nobody loves you when you got nothing to give/But when you got it, they love you when you're out here/They was my friends when they was out/And they are my friends now/Right now, they need me the most so I got to help them out."
"I like to win in life, but to me, every dude who's in the prison system has lost it," explains Plies. "To me, that's not impressive." Plies has plans to embark on a nationwide prison tour, in hopes of reaching out to those currently locked up who come from the streets.
"I'm always coming up with reality situations in my music," says Plies. "I never run out of shit to talk about. As long as I'm in these streets, I'll always have something to talk about."
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Youngsnow001 | Reviewer: Snow | 1/5/12
Man,i like your wordings. Ur a real fuckin goon i have ever heard..guess what? U make me go crazy. I love all ur musics even though i dont really understand some of your hooks...i love that song "becky". Man, ur content are rugged especially when u said "i know some niggas from my hood that will rob noriega" i hope noriega dont jail u for that shit? My lil brothers loves u and rick ross....am ur #1 fan..stay fresh
You are 100% the realest person I have listend to and read about | Reviewer: Raylene | 8/16/11
I love how u explain urself n every rhyme I been through alot of struggles through life n I know I respect everything you rap about your stories and I hate when people talk shot bout you because they don't know you or your past so how the hell they going to try and judge you well just keep soon you love ya <3
heyyy | Reviewer: taylor | 7/14/11
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You the Realest | Reviewer: Johnny | 6/23/11
Damn yo, I gotta say you'z like a 2nd TuPac, Talk some real shii. I'm only a 20 yr nigga from down South; Fla. City but I can relate alot to your songs about the System. FtS. Keep doin' ya thang, You on that all the way cuz.
FUTURE WIFEY | Reviewer: DOMINIQUE PLIES | 4/30/11
HEY BOO! WHAT'S UP? I FEEL EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU, I LOVE YOUR SWAG AND I LOVE YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC. I KNOW YOU GET THOUSANDS OF EMAILS EVERYDAY, BUT IF YOU EVER GIVE ME THE CHANCE TO PICK YOUR BRAIN YOU WILL REALIZE WHAT A REAL WOMAN IS LIKE. I KNOW OTHER FEMALES TALK ABOUT IT, BUT IMA BE ABOUT IT. UNTIL WE MEET................
i love u!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: diamond simmons | 4/29/11
i love everythang bout u.your music is so real and u is so so so so FFFFIIIINNNEEE!!! I GO CRAZY 4 U .I TELL EVERYBODY DAT YOUR MY FUTURE HUSBAND.i would really love to meet u very very soon but im patient.anyway if i meet u it would b my dream cum true cuz im going through a pretty hard time rite now but im makin it.and lord i want u 2 kno i so tired lyin to u
been there | Reviewer: aj | 4/4/11
i know how it is, i understand everything. i've been running them game since i was 9 years old, i watch my mamma die than when i was 14 i found my best friend die as well and i have mixed up in real bad things, and changed my way out. it feels good to know that there is one less fake person in this world, the real comes from the heart
Love every song u have #1 fan | Reviewer: Moraya | 3/25/11
Hey Plies my name is Moraya and i have been listenin to you since your first CD came out....Some people say that your a fake and i always ask them "Well how do you know that you never met him or even hung out with him before." And they cant answer just your music your voice and the beat i love it all...My son even knows most of your songs and he is three...Well i do listen to them all the time so that would be why...I went to miami and got locked up three days later but keep doin what your doin with out you there wouldn't be good rap..I tryed to come see you when you were in miami but i was locked down and i wanted to go so bad my friend went to the concert and said it was fun...hope i can just spend a day with you.....
Flowchain | Reviewer: Yo homie Flowchain | 2/6/11
Plies I been listening to you every since I was 11 or 12 n I always think of how it would be to meet my homie plies someday I pay attention to all the words in yo songs so I can feel you on them so far I at least got more than five songs from your album that song Whatever I Say u killed cause I rep goon shit to I'm another 100% real nigga n I fucks with you
#1 fan I Really Really in Love wit you | Reviewer: lil lady | 9/29/10
Hello,plies I'm 24 years old.I do shit on my own since I was 16 years old I listen to all your songs.I understand your struggles and I understand what you talking about.I love that you 100% real you can't found that many people that's real like you.keep making that music you touch me when I hear any of your songs.no lies,I will Love to meet you someday.I hoping the best for you.My #1 dream is to meet you.you make me happy. when I down I got to go now I love you stay up
your wife | Reviewer: tishara | 9/28/10
Hey plies I wanna let you know that I love you and one day hopefully I'll meet you. keep doing wat you do and keep ya head up boo . You've come a lonq way, and I'm proud of you.. Truly more than your number fan:)
Sexy Sexy Sexy | Reviewer: Ms.Santee SC | 6/15/10
What up sexy,
I just was letting u know that u r 1 of nthe realest niggas out cher and ur music im really feeling it but,im feeling u even more. Hopefully u b in my area again soon n when u do make sure u ask 4 ur "brown suga babe" and u will b very pleased!!!! Be easy and take care urself and that body til u touch down on my side of town again. CHOW!!!!! brown suga babe.
So Real | Reviewer: Ladyfe | 5/31/10
hey plies i love your music,you the realies rapper out there. im sure it's guys and girls out there that can relate.oh yah, is it true that Kirt Franklin your brother?it's a rumor goin around,and when you think about it ,you both look just a like.
to my boy plies | Reviewer: maxine | 5/7/10
plies, this is one of the hottest fans here from Atlanta, GA. I love your song shawty.I have the CD. I know you always hear about the southern women here. I live in maryland right now, but i'm leaving. As nasty as you seem to be on your video shawty, I would like to find that out quickly, I serious wanna fuck you,too. so can I have that chance? You can e-mail me personally at my e-mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call me at 410-812-5375 i hope to hear from you
plies da realist niggah | Reviewer: taikesha | 4/16/10
hey plies disx be dat smith khidd..coming by i love all ur songsx..even tho sum uv dem ueww be tawkn dat real shyt..and sum jes be nasty..but noe matta wut amma alwaysx lov ueww nd ur songsx tahh deff..and am tawkn ohn ma real shyt ryte know...i know dat ueww aint got tyme teww read dis but yeas..all disx cumsx 4rm da heart..plies plies plies...uew nd nd ur brah brah kirk franlin luk likk yall twinsx..onlii he older.; he sexy..nd uew sexy tew
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