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Plies And The Six Elements That Made Him A Calculated Rapper

4/3/2012 3:50pm EDT
From the top of spring 2007, to the end of 2008, no one in hip hop at the time had a bigger hold on the game of rap than Algernod Lanier Washington, better known to the world as Plies. Sure, Lil Wayne during that time was reaching the peak of his rap career by releasing mix tapes, making frequent guest appearances and features, and also releasing his triple platinum album “Tha Carter III”. But to be fair, in terms of street cred, marketability, image, and mainstream production, Plies had all the intangibles that record executives presently look for in terms of the next budding rap star.


Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Plies For $10 Million

12/9/2011 9:26am EST
Rapper Plies is facing another potentially costly legal battle over his involvement in a 2006 nightclub shooting.

Five people were injured during the rapper's performance in Gainesville, Florida after a fight between Plies' entourage and audience members broke out and gunshots were fired into the crowd.

Plies, real name Algernod Washington, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a concealed weapon, which was found after the shooting incident, and he was sentenced to probation. His brother, Ronell Levatte, served three years in prison for his part in the incident.


Plies Threatened To Shoot Concertgoers

1/20/2011 4:36pm EST
Rapper Plies flew into a rage during a recent concert in Florida and threatened to shoot up the crowd after he was hit with a cup during his show.

The star, real name Algernod Washington, was performing in Orlando earlier this week when a member of the audience threw an empty cup onstage.

Plies reacted with fury and blasted his home crowd, cursing them as he vowed to take matters into his own hands.

He snarled, "I swear to God, next (person) to throw something up here, I'ma shoot this b**ch up in here right now! Next b**ch that throw something up here, they gon' get it, bro (sic)."


Promoters Sued Over Drake No-Show

9/17/2010 4:00pm EDT
Two music promoters have been hit with a $50,000 lawsuit alleging they reneged on a deal to arrange concerts starring rappers Drake and Soulja Boy.

Bosses at show organizers 80s Baby claim they booked several acts, including R&B singer Ciara and hip-hop star Plies, to perform at two gigs in Texas last year.

They handed over a total of $47,500 as deposits to secure the artists - but claim promoters Carlos Goodspeed and Jason 'DJ J Rudd' Rudd failed to deliver and then refused to hand back the cash.

According to, papers were filed at Dallas District Court, Texas on Monday all...

DMX Calls Plies One Of The Worst Rappers

9/8/2010 8:37am EDT
DMX has sparked a new rap feud after firing off at Plies in a new radio interview.

The gruff-voiced "Who We Be" hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, took aim at the Florida hip-hop star during a chat with St. Louis radio station Hot 104.1, calling him "one of the worst" rappers.

He was particularly fired up about Plies' "Bruh Bruh" hit, stating, "We, as artists, are teachers. And if you teaching people to spell like that and talk like that...then you're dumber than the people you're supposed to be teaching."

Asked who he admired in modern hip-hop, DMX singled out fellow former convict T.I. ...

Maino's Eagerly Awaited Debut Album, 'If Tomorrow Comes…' Drops This May

3/8/2009 5:30pm EDT
Hustle Hard Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Maino debuted this week on iTunes Top 10 with his new single, "All The Above (Feat. T-Pain)." The track - which is featured on the Brooklyn-based M.C.'s upcoming debut album, If Tomorrow Comes... - is currently #7 on the "Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs" chart and a Top 20 favorite on the overall "Top Songs" tally. If Tomorrow Comes... arrives in stores in May.

Produced by Just Blaze (T.I., Jamie Foxx, Saigon) and Nard & B (T.I., Plies, Ludacris), "All The Above" is currently the #1 most added single at urban radio. In addition, "All The Abo...

Plies Announces NPO And $10,000 "Somebody Loves You" Scholarship Fund

6/30/2008 5:42pm EDT
Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist Plies has announced details of his very own non-profit organization, Big Gates and Plies Power Of Visions Foundation, Inc., as well as a scholarship program, the "Somebody Loves You" Scholarship Fund. This all comes as the Ft. Myers, Florida-bred rapper continues to ride the wave of success proven by his sophomore release, Definition Of Real, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 215,000 copies in its first week. In fact, the album's first week sales gave Plies the highest selling first-week numbers in the history of Miami-based...

New Artist Watch: Qwote

3/30/2008 10:00am EDT
Jive Records along with Miami based Final Cut Music Group and legendary label Slip N Slide (home of artists Trick Daddy, Trina, Plies and Rick Ross among others) announces the signing of singer/songwriter Qwote. His first single "Don't Wanna Fight" is gaining strong radio support in his home state of Florida and the single is impacting pop radio nationwide on March 31st. "Don't Wanna Fight" will be released with two versions; one featuring hip-hop star Trina, and a reggae-tinged version featuring pop-reggae sensation Shaggy.

Born in Haiti and raised in NY and Miami, Qwote showed his l...

Plies Set To Release Sophomore Album

3/9/2008 10:00am EDT
Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist Plies has announced early details of his hugely anticipated new album, entitled "Definition Of Real." The collection – which features the buzz track, "Bust It Baby, Pt. 1," and his first official single, "Bust It Baby, Pt. 2" – arrives in stores and at online retailers on June 24th.

"Bust It Baby, Pt. 1" is already stirring things up at radio and throughout the hip-hop underground. This week, the Ft. Myers, Florida-bred rapper personally presented "Bust It Baby, Pt. 2," the second installment of the double single – featuring a special ...