Plies is a famous American rapper and songwriter who has been in the music industry for over two decades. He is known for his catchy hooks, witty lyrics, and street credibility. He has released several hit albums and singles, including The Real Testament, Definition of Real, Da REAList, Goon Affiliated, and more. Plies is also the founder of Big Gates Records, an independent label he runs with his stepbrother. Plies has a net worth of $16 million as of 2023, according to [Wealthy Persons]. How did he achieve this impressive fortune? Let’s find out.
Early Life and Education
Plies was born Algernod Lanier Washington in Fort Myers, Florida, on July 1, 1976. He grew up in a poor neighborhood and faced many hardships in his childhood. He attended Fort Myers Senior High School, where he excelled in academics and sports. Plies was the valedictorian of his class and the homecoming king. He also played football as a wide receiver and won several awards.
Plies received a scholarship to attend Miami University, where he continued his football career under Nod Washington. He played for two seasons from 1995 to 1997 and had impressive stats. He then transferred to the University of Central Florida but dropped out before completing his degree.
Plies Music Career
Plies started his music career in the late 1990s with the help of his stepbrother, Ronnell Lawrence Lavatte, also known as Big Gates. They founded Big Gates Records and began promoting their music in Miami. Plies initially refused to rap, but after recording a verse for one of their artists, Big Gates kept it on the track “Tell Dem Krackers Dat.” This led to Plies getting a deal with Slip-n-Slide Records in 2004.
Plies released several mixtapes before dropping his debut album, The Real Testament, in 2007. The album was successful, with two singles, “Shawty” featuring T-Pain and “Hypnotized” featuring Akon, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album was certified gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 units.
Plies followed up with two more albums in 2008: Definition of Real and Da Realist. Both albums were also certified gold and spawned hit singles such as “Bust It Baby” featuring Ne-Yo and “Put It On Ya” featuring Chris J. Plies’ fourth album, Goon Affiliated, was released in 2010 and featured guest appearances from Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Keri Hilson, and others.
Plies has also collaborated with other artists such as Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, T.I., and more. He has received several nominations and awards for his music, including BET Hip Hop Awards, Ozone Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Grammy Awards.
Plies Personal Life
Plies has a son named Nijier Lanier Washington, born in 2003. He had a relationship with Brandy Lacole, the mother of his son. In 2015, he was rumored to be dating Angela Yee, a radio personality. However, Plies has not confirmed any of his relationships publicly.
Plies is known for his lavish lifestyle and collection of cars and jewelry. He owns a mansion in Florida that is valued at $11 million. He also has a charitable side and has donated money and supplies to various causes, such as Hurricane Irma relief, school supplies for students, and scholarships for college students.
Height and Weight
Plies is tall, 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) and weighs 64 kg (141 lbs). He has a muscular physique and tattoos on his body.
Plies is one of the most successful rappers in the industry. He has achieved fame and fortune through his music and his label. He has also faced some controversies and legal issues in his career, such as being involved in a shooting at a nightclub in 2006 and being arrested for driving under the influence in 2017. Despite these challenges, Plies has maintained popularity and relevance in rap. He is working on his fifth studio album, Purple Heart, which is expected to be released soon.