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Like a chained pitbull snapping at the end of its leash, take one look at Plies and you know he's not playing around. The newest Florida rapper in the game, Plies mixes raw straight-off-the-mixtape street style and a slow southern drawl with business sense that could've nabbed him a Fortune 500 job in another life. As dangerous as he is ambitious, Plies is one of the realest breakout artists in the industry today. With down-south swagger like early T.I. and ferocity reminiscent of labelmate Trick Daddy, Plies is here to stay.

Born and raised in Ft. Meyers, Plies started a record label, Big Gates Records, with his brother Ronell in 1999. Initially a producer, Plies refused to rap and instead worked under his brother signing regional artists, booking shows, and engineering mixtapes. During one particular recording session, Plies sung the chorus for one of the Big Gates artists as an example; the hook stuck and they kept it in the final cut of the street track Tell Dem Krackers Dat. The track gained momentum in the underground rap scene, and Plies ended up on several Big Gates releases.

After a host of underground tapes (36 Ounces, Certified Goon) and some trouble with the law after a shootout in a Gainesville nightclub, Plies was featured on DJ Khalid's breakout hit I'm So Hood alongside vocalist T-Pain and Miami rap powerhouse Rick Ross. The track gained popularity nationwide, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Soon after, Plies landed a record deal with Atlantic through 305-based Slip-N-Slide records, and released his first feature album, The Real Testament, in 2007.

With The Real Testament, Plies managed to release a full length album on a major label that pays homage to his streetwise upbringing. Songs with club appeal like Shawty and Friday coexist with gritty street anthems Money Straight and Murkin' Season. Well on its his way to becoming certified gold with his first album, this certified goon's second album Da Definition of Real hits the shelves June 2008.

From Lastfm:

Algernod Lanier Washington (born July 1, 1976 in Fort Myers, Florida) is an American rapper signed to Slip-N-Slide and his own label, Big Gate Records. His debut album, The Real Testament, was released in 2007 and featured the top ten singles Hypnotized featuring Akon and Shawty featuring T-pain. He then released two studio albums in 2008, Definition of Real and Da REAList. His fourth studio album, Goon Affiliated, was released in June 2010.

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Algernod Lanier Washington (born July 1, 1976), better known by his stage name Plies, is an American rapper and founder of Big Gates Records. Born in Fort Myers, Florida, Washington was a wide receiver on the football team of Miami University in Ohio in 1996 and 1997 before he became a rapper. After dropping out of college, he founded Big Gates with his stepbrother. Signed to Slip-n-Slide Records, from 2007 to 2008 he released three albums. Plies debuted in 2007 with The Real Testament with successful singles "Shawty" and "Hypnotized". Plies also released two albums in 2008, Definition of Real and Da REAList, and later released Goon Affiliated in 2010.

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