Hip Hop icon, and creator of
the term “thug life,” Tupac Shakur, once confessed that although
occasionally sprinkling his rhymes with mentions of felonious activities,
he never actually had a record until he made a record.

So too appears to be the case
with the arguable Tupac of 2007/2008, Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic
Records
recording artist, and promoter of his own criminal exploits,
Plies
. HipHopDX has obtained documentation from the state
of Florida that lists the “definition of real” rapper’s first
real run-in with the law to have not taken place until two years ago,
on April 12, 2006, when Plies – real name Algernod Lanier
Washington
, born May 22, 1976 – would have been on the eve of his
30th birthday and just beginning his ascension to his current
status of gold-certified rap star.

The email printout of the documentation,
which appears at the end of this report, was obtained from the Florida
Department Of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) by paying the $24 fee
and searching here [https://www2.fdle.state.fl.us/cchinet/] in the FDLE’s
criminal history database for Algernod Washington.

The FDLE’s
criminal record for Plies shows that the self-described “goon
affiliated, ex drug dealer
” who’s “resume solid, street
cred bigger
” has been arrested just twice within his home state
of Florida during his adult life, with both arrests taking place two
years ago.

The 32-year-old was arrested
for the first time at the age of 29 on April 12, 2006 for the misdemeanor
charge of resisting an officer without violence.

The latter of his two adult arrests came during a well-publicized shooting at a Gainesville,
Florida nightclub after a Plies
performance on July 2, 2006. According to reports, members of the rapper’s
entourage, including his older brother, Ronell
“Big Gates” Lavatte
, pulled out guns and fired in the club after
Plies
, who’s performance was running long, became angry when his microphone was cut off so that Lil Boosie
could begin to perform.  

Plies’ career guide/older
brother, and another man, Troy Denard Carnegie, were both charged
with attempted murder, each accused of firing at least three rounds
in the club that night. According to reports, Big Gates
has only one more year to serve on his sentence for his involvement
in the shooting, but a Ronell Lavatte cannot be located in the
Florida Department Of Corrections
offender search here [http://www.dc.state.fl.us/InmateInfo/InmateInfoMenu.asp] to verify that claim. However, a
search for Mr. Carnegie here [http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInmates/detail.asp?Bookmark=1&From=list&SessionID=522963802] revealed that he is scheduled to
be released from custody on June 20, 2010.

Unlike his brother and Mr.
Carnegie
, Plies was charged with just a misdemeanor count
for possession of a concealed weapon after police found loaded firearms
in the vehicle he and his entourage were riding in. He posted a $50,000
bond shortly thereafter and was released. Plies
served no known jail time after later pleading no contest to the charge.

He has however subsequently
been sued by five Gainesville residents who claim they were the victims
of the shooting at the concert and are seeking $10 million in damages
[click to read]. Plies’
attorney has publicly stated in response to the lawsuit that if they’re
suing the rapper, they’re “suing the wrong person.” 

HipHopDX’s
search of the FDLE’s database for Plies’
entire criminal history was pursued after learning that records existed
in another criminal database available to the public, that of Lee County,
Florida, home to Plies’ native Fort Myers, Florida, which showed
that the rapper had been cited for a handful of traffic offenses but
never had any criminal charges brought against him.

This record was obtained by
searching here [http://www.leeclerk.org/Crim_defendant_Name_sel.asp], with results showing that Plies
run-ins with the Fort Myers Police Department during his adult
life appear to have been limited to five traffic stops (two in 1997,
one in 1999, and two in 2002) and citations for unknowingly not having
his driver’s license on him, having too dark of tint on his car windows,
and playing his car stereo too loud.

These traffic offenses are
not included in the FDLE’s report on all of Plies’
criminal history within the state of Florida because according to the
FDLE
website no results are returned for “a misdemeanor other
than those required to be submitted to

FDLE under Florida Statutes.”

DX
also searched the public criminal records databases for Hillsborough
County here [http://www.hillsclerk.com/publicweb/Search_Court_Records.aspx] (which houses Plies’ current
known residence in Tampa, Florida), and Miami-Dade County here [http://www.miami-dadeclerk.com/cjis/search4.asp] (which is home to his record label,
Slip-N-Slide Records
) prior to confirming all of Plies’
criminal activities within the state of Florida via the FDLE’s
report. Both countywide searches yielded no records of criminal activity
for an Algernod Washington.
The Hillsborough County search revealed only a handful of civil filings
against Plies, including 
for unpaid rent.

It should be noted however
that none of these county databases nor the FDLE’s report includes
any juvenile criminal record that might have existed for Plies
prior to his 18th birthday in 1994, or any federal criminal
charges that might have been levied against the rapper in the 14 years
since.

And, as is commonly understood,
the absence of an arrest record is never absolute proof of the complete
absence of one’s criminal activity.

However, it’s been documented
in previous articles on the “realest” street scribe in Hip Hop today
that Plies’ time was mostly consumed in the mid-to-late ‘90’s
attending college at either Miami University
in Oxford, Ohio – where he reportedly played on the football team
– or the University of South Florida
in Tampa, or both schools (there are conflicting reports regarding his
collegiate career, and DX was unable to substantiate any as of
press time).

And while crime has clearly
hovered around the rapper’s day-to-day life in recent years, impacting
him indirectly via the aforementioned incarceration of his older brother
and the recent arrest of his manager [click to read], first person accounts of criminal
activities on Plies’ part are conspicuously scarce in his raw
rhymes. Instead, sympathetic laments on the cruelties experienced by
family members and friends at the hands of an oftentimes merciless justice
system, and not his own personal experiences, can be found in most of
his material.

But there are the occasional
past tense references to what appear to be claims of his own criminal
activity. One glaring example can be found during his lament on the
suffering his alleged criminal activities caused his mother on “Runnin
My Momma Crazy,” in which he recollects: 
Remember the nights, me sittin’ up in a cold cell/I’m wakin’ ya
up out’cha sleep, it’s me callin’ you from jail
.” While passionate,
his verse’s claim that he was ever in a “cold cell” now
appears to be untruthful, as according to the FDLE’s report
Plies
was never in jail for any period of time prior to 2006.

In addition to fallacious statements
in song, Plies has also produced a contemptuous image for himself
on the screen, including his portrayal as a high rollin’ drug dealer
in the video clip for “Worth Goin Fed Fo” [click to watch ].

Recent “outings” of fellow
Floridian, and Slip-N-Slide
labelmate, Rick Ross [click to read], as well as “Hypnotized” collaborator
Akon
[click to read ] have shone a new light on the exaggerated,
and in some instances completely fabricated, biographies crafted by
too many of today’s Hip Hop artists.

These personal “stories”
highlight phantom criminal backgrounds in an attempt to boost so-called
“street cred” with fans who often are not living such lives and
are therefore attracted to these tall tales of Tony Montana-esque
(or in Plies’ case, O-Dog-style) criminal prowess and/or
success. These fake personas proving to be alarmingly irresponsible
when absorbed by the equally impressionable, but oftentimes far more
impoverished, segment of the Hip Hop audience who believe with a dangerous
literalism that they too can lead lives of crime ala fictional movie
criminals or equally fictional rap criminals and yet in still eventually
become an unimprisoned Hip Hop celebrity.

And while fabricated bios are
nothing new to Hip Hop, even claiming the careers of some artists (see
Vanilla Ice
), unlike most emcees of yesteryear like the aforementioned
Tupac
, who balanced his occasionally outlandish claims of dope dealing
and gang banging with cautionary tales of the pitfalls involved in a
life of crime (see “Shorty Wanna Be A Thug,” “Young Niggaz,”
etc), Plies seems more oblivious to maintaining any artistic
responsibility, instead recklessly crafting a seemingly strategic image
and seeking to capitalize on fraudulent claims of criminal activity
all the while declaring to be Hip Hop’s undiluted truth teller, personifying
all that is “real.”

It’s now abundantly apparent
that Plies has forsaken being fully forthright with his fans,
failing to make the crucial distinction that those around him, and not
he, are the real victims of our nation’s often flawed justice system,
and that he is merely observing and reporting their experiences within
a life of crime and not his own.

Representatives for Plies
could not be reached for comment on this report as of press time.

FDLE record for Plies is below (each charge and date of the two offenses have been highlighted)

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WASHINGTON, ALGERNOD             FL-06531501                   07/25/2008

SEX  RACE  BIRTH DATE  HEIGHT  WEIGHT  EYES  HAIR  BIRTH PLACE  SKIN  DOC NO.

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