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Hip Hop in the 239: From the Hood

Girls linger in Level Night Club after a Plies concert in Fort Myers.

Girls linger in Level Night Club after a Plies concert in Fort Myers.

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  • Plies, raised in Fort Myers, performs at Level Night Club on East Sunday. Plies is a controversial figure in Fort Myers. He is the most successful rap artist to come out of Southwest Florida and many believe he should give back to his community and help bring up other artists in the industry. City officials unsuccessfully tried to ban hip hop shows from Fort Myers after a bouncer was stabbed following a Plies concert.
  • Police presence is heavy outside of the club where Plies performed in Fort Myers. This is the first concert Plies has performed in his hometown since city officials unsuccessfully tried to ban hip hop shows from the area after a bouncer was stabbed following a Plies concert in 2009.
  • A concertgoer takes the opportunity to grab the butt of the rapper Plies as he is moved through the crowd on the shoulders of a body guard during a concert at Level Night Club. Plies, originally Algernod Washington, was raised in Fort Myers and is a controversial figure in his hometown. He is the most successful rap artist to come out of Southwest Florida and many believe he should give back to his community and help bring up other artists in the industry.
  • Fans go crazy at at Plies concert at Level Night Club in Fort Myers on Easter Sunday.
  • Girls linger in Level Night Club after a Plies concert in Fort Myers.
  • Naples, Fla. hip hop artist Wesley Petit-Bien, a.k.a. Sho Zoe, left, and Mashall Bland, a.k.a. Big Goon, of Fort Myers, give shout outs on video at a private party at Loft 59 in Naples, Fla. 'Hip hop lifestyle, to me, I think it's stressful cause you gotta always look the part.' said Big Goon.'

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