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Behind the scenes: Plies presents Da REAList

Submitted by on November 25, 2008 – 3:06 pm12 Comments

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:

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  • Luxury Life says:

    Say what you will bout this dude he is still making progress tho and the more hate the more he progresses time to really go ahead and give him his props cuz he very consistent and only has a up side now that TI is locked up look for this guy to fill that void not lyrically but he will be in your face for the 1st 3 quarters of 2009 he got at least four videos on this album this time and 2 are summer hits he will be a busy man

  • plies is hmmm he pisses me off when he raps cause this is one of the most articulate dudes in the game i mean when he does interviews he does it with class. i mean plies cool but god i just wish he raps like he really talks cause his style now is so irritating 2 me i can barely get into the lyrics cause of that and he actually has some good songs

  • kee says:

    I dont know if i like his music. All of his songs sound the same just with different beats. He raps the same way in every song. Im not hating or anything, he gettin his paper, but i cant listen to his music.


  • Ms. Stephanie says:

    I am not a big fan of rap music but I do love me some T.I. When I first heard Lil Wayne’s the Carter III I was hooked and that Lollipop song just stuck in my head. (R.I.P. Static Major) He came back so hard on that album and I just fell in love with that joint with Babyface. It showed a softer more romantic side to him. I believe that goes for any rapper, and then there was Plies I heard from different people his first album was hot. I actually went out and purchased his album along with Wayne and T.I. The last rap album I actually purchased was Tupac so that says alot. Plies speaks the truth like some real life shit I was amazed how he put it into words. He’s definitely lyrically talented although I can do without all the diamond and gold fronts but he’s the truth. He has sex appeal which is always a plus and he knows how to incorporate songs for the ladies as well into his music. But Rio I beg to differ I love his voice I can listen to it all day it’s so laid back and puts you in chill mode. Plies baby you can rap and cook asarpagus for me anyday. Keep it Real!

  • Plies all day. His music is bright and sexy so uplifting. All these music now are just simple annyoing. T-pain I love all day but he and Plies needs to go together. Kanyewest music is annoying but his words are deeply poetic that it. He so freash and I love hhis cocky and confident vibe. His freah hot classy beat and that sexy bright music. He’s looks classy and freash which goes with the vibe of his music. HIs music is just so smooth and sexy. he welcomes all faces as long as their beautiful. He make unique faces looks hot. When I heard that word shawty and hypnotize he just brought “sexy back”. His style is just like mine. Keeping it sexy and sweet. That’s the realest of a women. I’m talking about the heels. it mutst first be classy and then we get the hip-hop feeling on it if so but sexy is sexy and sexy is hot cool and energictic. He reps for all those grown women. I’m almost 20 and I can say I want to look more mature and like a women everyday. Ashanti, Plies, fat joe, Rick Ross they all bring sexy back. Guys like lil-wayne his voice just isn’t music. I like plies he can talk street and classy whatever he’s just like me. Plies is

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