The rapper re-entered recording studios shortly after the released of his preview album The Real Testament to begin working with producers Drumma Boy, Mannie Fresh, DJ Infamous and many others. Plies also collaborated with R&B newcomer Chris J, Sean Garrett, and Ashanti. The song "Want It, Need It" was originally supposed to be released on Definition of Real but didn't make the final tracklisting.
The first buzz about the album was started after the release of Definition of Real, where the back page of the album booklet had a statement about the album title and the release date. /
The album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart, and number fourteen on the Billboard 200, with sales of 114,438 copies in its first week. It is Plies lowest charting album to date, which spent twenty weeks on the Billboard 200. The album has sold over 326,149 copies as of December 4, 2009.
The single "Pants Hang Low" was released on iTunes on September 23, 2008 as a promo single. Plies was one of the few to speak out against the belt-less pants ban in southern cities.
For me, being where I'm from, understanding the legal system and the culture I'm a part of, I felt it was a statement record, we got a lot of cats…they had a situation in Riviera Beach, Florida, not too far from my hometown. It was a group of guys that were harassed and arrested and incarcerated for a fashion statement. I'mma always stand in the forefront and do what I feel is right. The record had a lot of sentimental value to it. - Plies
Da REAList spawned three singles: The album's lead single, "Put It on Ya", became one of Plies biggest hits, reaching number 31 on the U.S. BillboardHot 100 chart and number 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Follow-up single "Want It, Need It", which featured R&B singer Ashanti, barely made it on the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety-six, but reached the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart at twenty-one. The third and final single, "Plenty Money" received a radio airplay released and shared the same success as the last single. Although the singles "Spend The Night" was going to be the album final single and plans for a Philip Andelman direction video, it was cancelled due to Plies working on his fourth album, Goon Affiliated.
A music video for the song "Pants Hang Low" featuring Mannie Fresh was released on December 15, 2008.