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Plies, ‘Da REAList’ (Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic)

By: Chris Ryan // January 16, 2009

Known for his sparse, thug-and-R&B beats and filthy rasp, this Fort Myers, Florida native has established his own niche as a gangsta pinup with a fleeting street conscience. On the follow-up to his gold album Definition of Real, the beats are largely as punishingly blunt as the rhymes. Things get friskier on the Babyface-sampling “Want It, Need It,” where he growls, “I’m the one you call when your body’s on E,” and the rowdy, Mannie Fresh–helmed “Pants Hang Low,” which yanks the proceedings up by the waistband.

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