7/1/1976, Fort Myers, Florida, USA

Birth Name

Algernod Lanier Washington


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Algernod Lanier Washington, better known as Plies, is a rapper. He has made many songs and has had a lot of success in his rap career.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He often wears a pendant with a man in a ski mask that says "goon" attatched to a chain around his neck in his videos.

    • The music video for his song Please Excuse My Hands premeired on BET on July 23, 2008.

    • In 2008, he held a contest as a part of his Somebody Loves You Scholarship Fund to give college scholarships to disadvantaged students.

    • His album Definition Of Real sold 215,000 copies in its first week of release.

    • His song Bust It Baby Part 2 features a sample of the 1990 Janet Jackson it song Come Back To Me.

    • After it's hardship, Plies nicknamed his hometown of Fort Myers "239 aka Pakistan".

    • He set up a non-profit organization with his brother, Big Gates, called Plies and Big Gates Power Of Visions Foundation, which aims to promote an improved comunity.

    • On June 10, 2008, he released his sophmore album called Definition Of Real.

    • In early 2007, he made an unreleased track called "Bid Long" for those who are locked up in prison.

    • He offered free autographed posters and personal phone calls to those who pre-ordered his debut album, The Real Testament.

    • He was originally featured in the song I Wanna Love You by Akon. However, he was replaced by rapper Snoop Dogg.

    • His first single, "Shawty", samples on Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Fantasy".

  • Quotes

    • Plies: (About how he writes his songs) Out of personal experiences. I'm not a dude that goes into the studio four times a week. I got to have just experienced something. I haven't been to the studio for probably the last month and a half. It's like a block that I go through sometimes. If I've experienced a situation then I don't run to the studio until I get it under my belt.

    • Plies: I like to win in life, but to me, every dude who's in the prison system has lost. To me, that's not impressive

    • Plies: I never try to be defined by how many records I sell. I think it's more important for my mark to be made on what I stand for.

    • Plies: I'm not tryin' to impress anyone on how hard my struggle was, or how messed up the conditions were where I came from. I feel like most of the people in my situation come from the same type of background, the same type of environment.

    • Plies: (When asked if his career would be different if his version of "I Wanna Love You" was released) Nah, no not really. I'm not a person that really looks back, so. I feel personally, everything in my life, in my opinion, it happen for a reason. So I never really looked at that situation as bein a negative or a minus because I felt like anytime you got 2 individuals that I got the utmost respect for, that Snoop Dogg and that Akon.. to see the record work so well for them, I don't feel bad in my heart by no means, so that's the situation. I learned from it and came back and had my own #1 record in the country with Shawty so I was cool.

    • Plies: I think it's important for me to continue to be humble about anything that happens in my life, whether it's good or bad. I think any time that you allow yourself to feel invincible, not only in this game but in life in general, I think you're headin' down a dead-end road, and for me, I've been through enough in my life to kinda understand the dos and the don'ts. As a whole I just always try to pride myself on remainin' humble, not only as an artist, but as an individual.