Behind the scenes: Plies presents Da REAList
Yesterday Boss Lady attended the official preview of Plies‘ upcoming album, Da REAList, at Atlantic Records.
It was a great turnout, with tastemakers such as DJ Whoo Kid, Cipha Sounds, Angela Yee (Sirius Radio), LowKey (BET.com) and more showing their support.
A humble Plies kicked off the listening session with a heartfelt introduction, saying “I never thought I’d be this relevant in this building” as he looked toward Atlantic Records’ bigwigs Julie Greenwald and Mike Kyser. He finished the session with a group prayer, lead by close friend Byron.
Here’s a recap of tracks played:
- “Street Light” – Written by Sean Garrett and potential single.
- “Family Straight” – Plies explains the song, “This is the most emotional record I’ve ever done. I always ask God before He takes me, please get my family in order.” The song features very personal lyrics about tragic family situations, such as Plies’ brother being incarcerated, his aunt living with AIDS and his 16-year-old female cousin taking up with a 38-year-old man. Plies raps, “I asked God why didn’t He bless me with a silver spoon/’Cause if he did I’d never have to be a goon.”
- “Want It, Need It” – A surefire chart hit produced by Jonathan “JR” Rotem (“Bust It Baby Pt. 2″). Ashanti sings the sexy hook, interpolating Babyface on the hook: “I only think of you…on two occasions/That’s when I want it/That’s when I need it.” Classic R&B thuggery at its finest.
- “What The F*ck You Gon’ Do About It?” – Tailored to the South, this is the type of gritty club banger Plies says he “personally likes making”.
- “Make A Movie” – an uptempo track with a heavy Young Jeezy influence.
- “I Chase Paper” – standard hustler fare.
- “Heard Of Me” – The track Plies says kicked off the idea of producing another album within six months of releasing his gold-certified Definition of Real second album.
- “Me & My Goons” – A Southern version of “Roc Boys” perhaps?
- “Gotta Be” – A dedication to those who’ve just been released from prison, just gotten off parole, just beat their case, etc (you get the idea). The video for this song has just been shot and is based on a moment during Thanksgiving last year, when Plies had just finished visiting his brother in prison. As he drove out of the complex he saw a young man also walking out with a trash bag full of his belongings. Plies stopped his car to give the guy a ride home, “break him off a little money” and set him on his way to newfound freedom.
There are 16 full tracks on Da REAList, and the album is in-stores December 16 on Big Gates/Slip N Slide/Atlantic Records.
Check out Boss Lady’s recent interview with Plies: