Is It Really Real?

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 7:50 AM

Artist: Plies
Album: Definition of Real
Release Date: 6.10.08

At first listen, I wasn’t really feelin Definition of Real and that’s probably because the type of rap I listen to usually has a higher level of relativity to me and some kind of meaning behind it. But then I put it all into perspective – Plies is the true definition of a hood boy and this album proves it. There’s not much here beyond sex, a topic that almost every track on the album is centered around. This project spawned one of the spring’s hottest anthems Bust It Baby Pt. 2 which features Ne-yo and samples some classic Janet Jackson (she actually steps in on the third incarnation of the track). The production is decent and compliments the deep southern drawl in Plies’ flow, which brings it all together. All in all, Definition of Real isn’t really a bad album (I did have a few WTF moments along the way) if you can keep the content (or lack thereof) in perspective: a goon’s perspective, that is…
The album kicks off with I’m Da Man, a self analysis where he offers Trey Songz the opportunity to kick up his street cred a few notches. Next up is Ol’ Lady, a track I thought was pretty funny, and actually is one of the highlights of the album. Plies describes his plot for revenge on anybody who’s got beef with him: Nigga claim he don’t like me but it’s all gravy, keep playin’ wit me and I’mma fuck ya ol’ lady. But that’s just step one; if that doesn’t stop you, he’ll bring his entourage and hide in your Bushes (the follow-up track) for a more violent end to the problem. For the ladies Plies takes it down a bit but kicks the freak meter way up on Feel Like Fuckin’ – yes ladies, it’s even raunchier than you think. On a more sensitive note, one of the albums other highlights Somebody Loves You (complete with the Patti Labelle sample) reaches out with a little hope to everyone in an adverse situation. Other guest appearances include Please Excuse My Hands with The Dream and Jamie Foxx, and #1 Fan with Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday – both of which have chart topping capability.
I respect Plies for keeping it real with this project. I personally think his definition of ‘real’ comes off a little short sighted, but I guess that’s a matter of perspective. Plies has a pretty nice flow and has potential to move up in the music world if he equips his next album with some better production and some A-List collabo's. Maybe he should take some time off and live a little more to broaden the scope of his lyrical content – there’s more to life than “bust it babies”and bussin it baby…


1 Comment

  1. bshepjr Said,

    i couldnt get past im da man. that song go hard so i didnt even bother listening to the rest of the cd, lol. im not a big plies fan.

    Posted on June 18, 2008 at 3:43 AM


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