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  • Taking gestures from artists on the forefront of mainstream R&B like Usher and R. Kelley and 90s legends such as Ginuwine, Blackstreet, and TLC, Pretty Ricky has concocted a blend of soul pop steaming with seductively coy beats and crooner style lyrics.

    The rap-pop four piece formed in Miami, Florida, US in 1997 and made a point to transfer the bright and freestyle nature of the city into their music. Though their sound reflected the teen-pop qualities of acts like the Jackson 5 and Boyz II Men their style was anything, but innocent. They layered these saccharine sound nuggets with night club sleaze beckoning the obscene, but undeniably hilarious styles of Funkadelic and 70s era James Brown.

    The group consists of brothers Spectacular and Baby Blue as well as members Corey Blue “Slick ‘Em” and Pleasure P; however, the group underwent several line up changes starting at the turn of the decade. One of the group’s founding members Milk B left in 2000 and Pleasure P was replaced by Mowet in 2007. Other replacement members included Ambition/4play, J. Long, and Lingerie. These members joined in the late 2000’s; however, they all departed from the group within a few years. Pleasure P pursued a solo career in 2007 and hit success with his 2009 album “The Introduction of Marcus Cooper”; however, he returned to Pretty Ricky in 2014.

    Although the group formed in 1997, they did not put out their studio debut “Bluestars” until 24 May 2005. The album was released through Atlantic records and debuted on the US Charts at No. 16. Their 2nd studio album “Late Night Special” surpassed the success the group achieved with their first album, taking the coveted No.1 spot on the US Charts and striking gold status. Their sophomore release featured the 3 singles “On the Hotline”, “Love Like Honey”, and “Push It Baby”, the latter featuring Sean Paul.

    Their 3rd self-titled album did considerably worse in sales as did its predecessors; however it did make it into the Billboard 200. This was their 1st album without Pleasure P; however, he returned to issue the group’s 4th studio debut “Bluestars 2”, which saw release in 2014.

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  • Pretty Ricky

    The name Pretty Ricky actually referred to a group, rather than an individual, but in case you’re disappointed that it isn’t actually a daft stage name, rest assured that there were plenty of them making up the actual group itself; try on the monikers by which the original lineup went by on for size - they included Baby Blue, Spectacular, Slick’em and Pleasure P, with the latter being the group’s key member. He left to pursue a solo career in 2007, shortly after the group’s second full-length album, Late Night Special, had followed in the footsteps of its predecessor - their debut, Bluestars - and gone gold in their native U.S. One more album followed P’s departure, a self-titled effort in 2009, but failed to meet with the same success without him; part of the reasoning behind that, of course, was simply that they couldn’t offer the same kind of live experience without P, whose charismatic presence onstage had made up a huge amount of their appeal. Rumours continue to circulate of a follow-up to Bluestars being released, despite the official line being that the band dissolved two years ago; without P, though, you don’t really fancy their chances of further success.

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