SOURCE: Atlantic Records

May 18, 2007 16:50 ET

Florida Rapper Plies Gets Real This Summer; Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic Debut, "THE REAL TESTAMENT," Due August 7th; Featured Verse Contest Launches on Pliesworld.com; "Shawty" Video to

Premiere on AllHipHop.com May 28th

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 18, 2007 -- Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist Plies has announced details of his highly anticipated major label debut. Dubbed "THE REAL TESTAMENT," the Ft. Myers, FL-bred rapper's album is set to drop August 7th.

Yesterday, May 17th, marked the official launch of Plies' "The Real Testament Featured Verse" contest, hosted by the rapper himself on his website, www.pliesworld.com. From now through June 15th, contestants will be able to register online and submit a verse to Plies' song, "Ain't Slippin'," produced by DJ Nasty. The winner will be chosen based on creativity, originality, and aesthetic value, and his or her verse will appear on "THE REAL TESTAMENT." The winning verse will be revealed on the track August 7th, when the album hits stores.

Plies has also announced details for the world premiere of his eagerly awaited music video, "Shawty," featuring T-Pain. The companion clip -- co-directed by Plies and Edwin Decena -- to the rapper's rising hit will be unveiled Monday, May 28th on the "World's Most Dangerous Site," AllHipHop.com, and can be viewed at www.AllHipHop.com.

In ringtone news, the mastertone for "Shawty" is already rocketing up the charts. After only one week of availability, the ringtone debuted at #53 this week on Nielsen's Ringscan chart, selling more than 7,500 ringtones.

For more information on Plies, visit www.pliesworld.com or www.myspace.com/plies.

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