Plies is a very beloved American rapper, known both for his amazing music career and for the numerous controversies around his lyrics. Plies is just his stage name, as his real name is Algernod Lanier Washington. Born on July 1, 1976, Plies started out as a football player, at Miami University. After dropping out, Plies turned to music and found his own record label, Big Gates Records, together with his stepbrother. It did not take long until Plies became locally known as a rapper. His debut album, The Real Testament, was released in August 2007 and it soon became a hit.
Few rap artists can praise with their debut single making it to the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. His first single, Shawty, a collaboration with the renown rapper T-Pain, made it to number one. The next single on the album was Hypnotized, a featuring with Akon that peaked at number 3 in the same chart. Plies recorded his second album in 2008. Definition of Real was released in June, with its lead single being Bust It Baby Pt. 2, a collaboration with Ne-Yo which remained on the chart for several weeks. Da REAList came next, an album which brought Plies singles like Put It on Ya featuring Chris J, Want It, Need It featuring Ashanti, and Plenty of Money. Plies also appeared as a guest on songs performed by artists such as Ludacris, Akon, Usher, Young Jeezy and Trick Daddy.
His fourth album, Goon Affiliated, was released in 2010, continuing the series of successes that Plies fans were used with. In 2011, Plies released two mixtapes. All the great albums and singles brought Plies numerous nominations and awards. In 2007, Plies won the Ozone award for Best Rap/R&B Collaboration, for the single Shawty, with T-Pain. Plies was also nominated at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in 2008, at the categories Ringtone of the Year, People's Champ Award and Best Collaboration. In 2011, Plies was even nominated at the Grammy Awards, at the category Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group, for the featuring with Young Jeezy, Lose My Mind. Plies is an awarded artist who has surely got an impressive career that, hopefully, will keep on getting better.