Plies is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. The Grammy-nominated rapper makes most of his money from the success of his records and playing concerts. Read on to discover more.
Plies was born Algernod Lanier Washington on July 1, 1976, in Fort Myers, Florida and raised in East Dunbar, a neighborhood in Fort Meyers. Washington’s taste for fine things began from his high school days at Fort Myers Senior High School where he was named the Homecoming King as well as the Best dressed student in his class. He was also part of the varsity football team where he played as a wide receiver and as a defensive back.
He took his football skills to Miami University where he continued to play on the varsity football team as a wide receiver, beginning in 1995. Washington’s stats greatly improved in his sophomore year in 1996 but dropped in 1997 when he transferred to the University of Central Florida from which he later dropped out. However, football was not Washington’s only interest.
Rapper Plies has a brother he holds dear named Ronnell Lawrence aka Big Gates. They have been through a lot together and supported each other. Before Plies got into college, he and Ronnell founded their own private/independent record label known as Big Gates Records in 1990. Initially, Plies had little interest in rapping, focusing instead on producing other artistes.
However, he changed his mind when Big Gates secretly recorded him coaching one of their clients and added it as one of the verses to the song which was titled “Tell Dem Krackers Dat”. Impressed with what he heard, Plies and Big Gates began promoting the song in Miami. In 2004, Plies landed a record deal with Slip-n-Slide Records and began recording several mixtapes. The two brothers have been going strong building their careers. Ronnell Lawrence Levatte has been to jail after he was sentenced for his involvement in 2006 shooting at Gainesville, Florida club. He served for three years. While in jail, Plies through his songs, addressed him and other jailed citizens to ease off their struggle. Plies, on the other hand, was charged with illegal possession of a weapon. His other gang members were charged with attempted murder. Five people were injured during the shooting that began when Plies microphone was disconnected for Lil Boosie to perform after his performance ran over time. The fight ended with six rounds of bullets being shot.
Music Career and Net Worth
After years of preparing himself with mixtapes, Plies released his debut studio album “The Real Testament” in August 2007 under Atlantic Records and his first two affiliated labels including his own Big Gates. The Real Testament debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 and sold 96,000 copies in its first week. The album was preceded by two successful singles; “Shawty” featuring T-Pain which topped the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single “Hypnotized” which featured and was produced by Akon made it to #3 on Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and 14 on Billboard Hot 100. A year later in 2008, the album received gold certification from the RIAA as it sold over 500,000 copies.
Plies’ music success continued with the release of his sophomore studio album “Definition of Real” in June 2008. Like his first album, “Definition of Real” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was preceded by two singles. The first single “Bust It Baby (Part. 2)” featuring Ne-Yo debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is his most successful single to date. The second single was “Please Excuse My Hands” featuring Jamie Foxx, and The-Dream which together with the first was certified gold by the RIAA.
“Definition of Real” performed better on the market, selling almost 215,000 copies in its first week. About 4 months later, it sold an estimated 524,000 units receiving RIAA gold certification.
Eager for more success, Plies released yet another album 6 months later. Titled “Da REAList”, the third studio album enjoyed less success than the previous debuting at #14 on the Billboard 2000 and selling only 114,000 copies in its first week. However, like his other works, it later sold over 500,000 copies to achieve the gold status.
His fourth studio album “Goon Affiliated” charted better than the previous at #5, but sold far less than all his other works- only a recorded sale of about 150,000 copies.
Plies has remained active in music releasing several mixtapes rather than albums. He also continues to feature with other top acts in the industry and host live shows.
Shortly after the success of his “Bust It Baby” single from his second album “Definition of Real”, Plies launched a clothing line named “Bust It Baby”. However, the line only enjoyed moderate success. The rapper sells merchandise made up of tees, slippers and bathrobes on his official website starting from $20 a piece. With an estimated net worth of $16 million, Plies has accomplished a lot throughout his career.
In the rap game, boasting, even when they are far from the reality has become a staple. The showcasing of costly blings, the bottles of champagne, display of flamboyant houses and of course fleet of cars are all part of the images that rappers build. With lots of money in his control, rapper Plies just like many rappers in his class has managed to build a rich image in the Hip Hop community as regards expensive car options. The rapper who said he prefers old school cars owns a custom-made copper on Pontiac 350 car which he disclosed for the first time 2016. He paid a whopping $500k for two old-school cars ’68 Pontiac in 2013. He also rides 2007 Maserati Quattro sport. His other cars include 2007 Bentley Flying Spur, Bentley Azure convertible, Porsche Cayenne, Hummer H2, 68 Grand Prix and 74 Chevy Impala.
Plies Dating, Girlfriend, Wife, Son
Plies’ achievements in the rap game may have afforded him an arsenal of expensive rides, blings, a flashy lifestyle and more but certainly not a wife.
The tell-all rapper who doesn’t go too deep into his personal life has managed to keep everything about his love life under wraps especially since after his alleged breakup with long-time girlfriend Brandy Lacole Lyons. But from all indications, he is single. Although he is alleged to be dating Lira Galore, this rumor hasn’t been confirmed by either of them and it does look like they are together.
Having said that, Plies and his ex-girlfriend Brandy Lacole have not shared what could have led to their break up but they have a son named Nijier Lanier Washington. The young lad was born on 20 October 2003 at the community hospital in Tampa, Florida. The teenage boy seems to be taking a cue from his dad as he has been caught on camera singing 2chainz birthday song when he was only five-years-old.