|Net Worth:||$16 million|
|Age/Date of Birth:||July 01, 1976|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in or 165 cm|
|Wife or Girlfriend:||Unknown|
Plies is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. The Grammy-nominated rapper who ventured onto the music scene back in the 1990s with a record label of his own initially intended to stay behind the scenes rather than be in the spotlight but his talent and skill as a rapper could only be hidden for so long. His skill received massive attention when a demonstration he did for another artist was kept on the track and had people picking interest in him. Soon he took to the art in full releasing mixtapes and eventually albums of his own. He has certainly not slowed his roll since then and has basically gone on to make most of his money from the success of his records and playing concerts, amassing a net worth to the tune of $16 million.
Having been born in Fort Myers, Florida and raised in East Dunbar, a neighbourhood in Fort Meyers, the young rapper acquired his first taste for the fine things 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. This was his first career option before he went into music. He took his football skills to Miami University where he continued to play as a wide receiver, beginning in 1995. He eventually dropped out in 1997 after a transfer to the University of Central Florida to fully pursue music. His net worth has been ample proof that the decision to drop out was not wrong.
A Breakdown of How Plies The Rapper Achieved His Net Worth
With an estimated net worth of $16 million, there’s no gainsaying the fact that Plies has accomplished a lot since his career kicked off. The major way his worth accrued is no doubt through his music career, the sales of records, successful collaborations, endorsements and other investments outside of the music sphere. Take a detailed look at how he made his money and the different contributors to his net worth as well as how he invests it.
His Music Career Success
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.
The above sales announced Plies as an established rap act to watch for, and he began featuring alongside fellow established rappers like Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and DJ Khaled.
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”. This 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 gold status.
His next try was his fourth studio album “Goon Affiliated” which charted better than the previous at #5 but sold far less than all his other works with only a recorded sale of about 150,000 copies. Plies has remained active in music releasing several mixtapes rather than just albums and has founded the Big Gates Records label.
Plies Is Also an Actor and a YouTuber
While he earned fame as a rapper, Plies has had to dip his hand in many other cookie jars to further boost his net worth. He tried acting and has appeared in different tv shows as himself and as several other characters. The most prominent among his movie appearances is his work on The Good, the Bad, and the Bling as himself.
The rapper made another bold move when he decided to launch out on Youtube with his own channel where he keeps his fans entertained with streams of his music videos and other well thought out contents designed to further promote his works and carter to other causes. So far, the channel which he named PliesWorld has been a large contributor to his net worth especially because he has grown his number of subscribers to a massive 1.16 million and his viewership to 216 million.
He Hosts Live Shows and has Made Cool Cash From Tours Too
Since he came to mainstream fame, Plies has proven his worth like any bigshot with his steady feature with other top acts in the industry on tours and hosting live shows. He started off performing at venues of small capacities mastering the crowd and creating an overwhelming energy that resonates well with crowds. Over time, he has also been able to create good audience participation and often has fans singing along to the lyrics of his songs while he is performing.
Due to the lockdown as a result of Covid-19, the rapper has not been on any tours of late but he has certainly kept up appearances with lowkey performances that have equally kept the bucks rolling in. There’s no record of the exact amounts he earns for his tours and performances, but it is said to be in the six figures.
He Tried Being a Businessman With His Clothing Line
Shortly after the success of his “Bust It Baby” the single from his second album “Definition of Real”, Plies launched a clothing line named “Bust It Baby”. However, despite the success of the single and the fact that the line was made for women, it only enjoyed moderate success. Plies’ clothing line sold merchandise made up of tees, slippers, and bathrobes on his official website starting from $20 apiece at the time.
Plies may have made some cash from the venture at the time, but this was not to last as fans lost interest in the line sooner than expected and sales fizzled out. There is no current info to signify that the line is still actively on sale, but it surely contributed something to Plies’ net worth.
Plies Has A Decent Collection Of Cars and a Mansion
In the rap game, boasting, even when they are far from reality has become a staple. The showcasing of costly blings, the bottles of champagne, the display of flamboyant houses and of course fleets 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 in 2016. He paid a whopping $500k for two old-school ’68 Pontiac’ cars in 2013. He also rides a 2007 Maserati Quattro sport.
His other cars include a 2007 Bentley Flying Spur, Bentley Azure convertible, Porsche Cayenne, Hummer H2, 68 Grand Prix, and 74 Chevy Impala. All cars befitting his celebrity status and showing off his lavish lifestyle.
Besides all of the above, the rapper has also splurged on a real estate investment for his home. Although details about the unique features of the house are not available, it is said to have cost him a massive $11 million which no doubt would have appreciated much since then.
Plies Is Single But He Has a Son With Brandy Lacole
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.
His relationship with ex-girlfriend Brandy Lacole was very controversial at the time they were together because allegedly, Lyons was 13 when they started dating. There are no details about how long they together neither had he shared what could have led to their break up but they have a son named Nijier Lanier Washington.
Plies’ son was born on the 20th of October 2003 at the community hospital in Tampa, Florida. The rapper has kept his son well outside of the limelight especially because he is being raised by his mother, however, the teenager 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. Nijier has since gone on to become a football player with the Carrollwood Day High School boys varsity football team.
Besides his relationship with Brandy, Plies was known to have dated other people most prominent among which is Lira Galore who he allegedly dated back in 2015, this rumor was not confirmed by either of them and it does look like they had a thing going but chose to keep it off social media until their breakup.
The Rapper’s Brother Ronnell Lawrence Is The Only Known Member Of His Family
Rapper Plies has not said much about his family but it is well known that he has a brother he holds dear named Ronnell Lawrence aka Big Gates. The reason they are so close is not far-fetched, they have been through a lot together and have supported each other from the start of their careers together when they were much younger. 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 artists.
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 brothers have been going strong building their careers since then.
Ronnell Lawrence Levatte has been to jail after he was sentenced for his involvement in the 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 their struggle. Plies, on the other hand, was charged with illegal possession of a weapon. His other gang members were charged with attempted murder. In all, 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.
|Also Known As:||Plies
|Profession:||rapper and songwriter|
|Famous For:||Being an American hip hop recording artist and co-founder of Big Gates Records.
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Miami University, University of Central Florida|
|Educational Qualifications:||Dropped out|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||July 01, 1976|
|Birth Place:||Fort Myers, Florida, United States|
|Country of Residence: ||USA|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in or 165 cm|
|Weight:||64 kg or 141 lbs|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Other Body Measurements:||Chest – 41 in, Arms / Biceps – 13.5 in, Waist – 35 in|
|Family and Relatives
|Children:||Nijier Lanier Washington (b. October 2003)|
|Siblings:||Ronnell Lawrence Lavatte aka Big Gates (Older Stepbrother)|
|Estimated Net Worth:||$16 million|
|Source of Wealth:||His music career|