Recording information: Chalice Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Deep Productions Studio, Tampa, FL; Quad Recording, New York, NY; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio 7303, Houston, TX.
Photographer: Zach Wolfe.
Mush-mouthed Florida-based MC Plies had a banner year in 2008, releasing the glowering DEFINITION OF REAL in June, and quickly following it with DA REALIST in a matter of mere months. Interestingly, Plies's punishing release schedule doesn't seem to have affected the quality of his work and though his matter-of-fact delivery remains relatively unchanged, the disorienting, near-psychedelic soundscapes of DA REALIST represent a quantum leap forward from the bare bones, bounce-influenced production of his previous record.
Billboard (p.33) - "His reports here from the streets, the boudoir and the hospital room sizzle with a stripped-down immediacy that makes good on the album's title."
XXL (Magazine) (pp.103-104) - "[This] might be his best album yet, as he remains diverse and simultaneously satisfying to his core fan base."