Plies performing at Jannus Live, USF Sun Dome
It's time we all face the facts: We have a superstar in our midst, and his name is Plies.
Feels a bit odd to be calling a rapper who lives in Tampa a superstar, doesn't it? But consider the facts:
-- His 2008 CD Definition of Real sold 215,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, landing him a spot on the cover of Vibe magazine. His new CD, Goon Affiliated, released June 8, debuted at No. 5, one spot ahead of Justin Bieber.
-- Plies headlined this year's Wild Splash concert in Clearwater, and about 90 percent of the screaming fans stuck around to see his performance, traffic be damned.
-- Now, according to Ticketmaster, Plies is playing the USF Sun Dome in Tampa at 8 p.m July 8. Tickets are $35-$45. (Click here for details.)
Say what you want about the Fort Myers native, but Jannus Live and the Sun Dome are superstar venues, and those are superstar prices.
We got a sense of how big Plies was getting a couple of years ago, when we shadowed him on the day his CD Da REAList was release. Fans screamed and begged for autographs, he was swarmed in the mall, he hung out at Studio Inc. for a record release party. (Click here for Dalia Colon's awesome story about the day.)
But like anything, it's tough to gauge how big something is until you take a step back. Plies, to us, is a Tampa dude -- so it's sometimes easy to forget he has a big-time national profile. Plus, his biggest hits, Shawty and Bust It Baby Pt. 2, weren't exactly mainstream crossovers. Your mom probably can't hum them, in other words. (If she can, will you introduce us?)
Nevertheless, we're calling it: Plies is officially a superstar. He is one of the biggest rappers in a state that's produced its fair share.
How vote ye, Soundcheck readers? Is Plies worthy of the title "superstar" or not? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.