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In the fast-paced, fickle world of hip hop, artists who live by the maxim, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” are apt to fall by the wayside and find themselves “out of sight, out of mind.”  The true key to long-term success in today’s music industry is clearly to stay on one’s grind, stay relevant, and, above all, stay real, and no one knows this better than the ever-hustling Plies.  It’s easy to forget that the Fort Myers emcee dropped his debut album, The Real Testament, just last year, since his sophomore effort, Definition of Real, followed only 10 months later. 

Though no one could accuse the rapper of dragging his feet, he has nonetheless decided to pick up the pace, preparing another follow-up, Da Realist, to be released December 16th.  With singles “Pants Hang Low” and “Put It on Ya” making an impact in the Booth and elsewhere, there is no question that, when the album drops, Plies will have listeners nationwide recognizing him as Da Realist emcee in