"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 n****s 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 realest 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, Plies grew up in the East Dunbar section of the city. "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 young gits 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 '90s. 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 quickly made him an offer. Plies describes his major label debut, "THE REAL TESTAMENT," as "the most anticipated situation in the streets right now." And rightfully so.