Pretty Ricky

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Pretty Ricky
Also known asPretty Rickie and The Maverix
OriginMiami, Florida, United States
GenresHip-hop, R&B
Years active1997 (1997)–present
LabelsPretty Ricky (current)
Atlantic, Big Cat, Tommy Boy, Bluestar Ent. (former)
Associated acts
MembersMarcus "Pleasure P" Cooper
"Spectacular" Blue Smith
Diamond "Baby Blue" Smith
Corey "Slick'em" Mathis
Past membersJaime "J.Long" Long
Christopher "4Play" Myers
Carl "Mowet" Lovett
Emmanuel Ramone "Lingerie" DeAnda
Robert "Milk B" Baish
J “Clarren” Dubnasty

Pretty Ricky is an American R&B/hip hop group which originated from Miami, Florida. The group originally consisted of brothers Ala Diamond "Baby Blue" Smith and "Spectacular" Blue Smith, cousin Corey "Slick em" Mathis, and family friend Marcus "Pleasure P" Cooper. Cooper is the group's only singer; the others take roles as rappers.

The band's name was taken from a character in Martin Lawrence's comedy series, Martin. "We all used to dress alike, really different to everyone else. We wore fur in the summer when everyone else was in t-shirts," Pleasure explained. "On the show was a character called 'Pretty Ricky.' He was slick and always dressed different to everyone else, so all the girls at school started calling us 'Pretty Ricky'."

The group had great success with singles such as "Grind With Me" and "On The Hotline", and albums such as Late Night Special and Bluestars.

Pleasure P left the group in 2007 to embark on a solo career. Since then, Pretty Ricky has replaced the lead singer numerous times with ex-members 4Play, Mowet, and Lingerie. Since 2015, Pleasure P has reunited with the group, releasing their latest single, "Puddles", and preparing a final album and tour for 2017.

Early years[edit]

1997-2003: Beginnings[edit]

In 1997 while performing together in Miami, Florida Pretty Ricky was signed to Bluestar Entertainment by CEO Joseph "Blue" Smith. Supported by their father, Joseph "Blue" Smith Sr., who also served as the band's manager, these four boys, also was joined by their older brother, Joseph "Chinchilla" Smith, II, set out to develop their music career in 1997 under the name of "Pretty Rickie and The Maverix". According to a 1999 story in The Miami Herald, at first, it was Joseph Smith, II who was called "Pretty Rickie" while the other four brothers were "The Maverix". Upon his departure from the group, and with the objection of the country band The Mavericks regarding the name, the remaining personnel decided to reapply their original idea of the band's identity, using the name "Pretty Ricky". The remaining four brothers decided to change "ie" to "y" as it sounded "more masculine".

With the help from producer Jim Jonsin of the Unusual Suspects production team, Pretty Ricky began to gain a desirable attention through their local performances. However, it was not until 2002 that the group encountered their initial success as their song "Flossin'" became a huge hit on Miami radio station Power 96. Their career almost ended in 2007 when the singer Pleasure P left the group. They released their second single "So Fresh So Clean" in June 2004. Both were set to be the first singles on their original debut studio, What They Call Me, which was scheduled for 2003. The album was never released.

2004–05: Bluestars[edit]

In 2004, inspired by the writing and poetry of independent south Orange County, California-based rappers Yung Motif and Status Quo, Pretty Ricky released their first single "Grind With Me". It went on to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7, and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

The single made its way to popularity on Power 96, and the station's Program Director, Tony the Tiger (Ira Wolf), sent the single to Craig Kallman, Co-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Records. Upon his arrival in Florida in December, he was amazed by the commotion the band had ignited at a Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Hallandale. "It was complete pandemonium," Kallman said. "Hundreds & hundreds of screaming, shrieking girls basically stormed the stage & bum rushed the guys as they came off, chasing them down the field, jumping on the van, trying to climb on the van." Invited by Kallman to have an audition with Wolf looking on in his hotel room at Loew's Miami Beach, Pretty Ricky was offered a record deal on the spot.[1]

On May 17, 2005, Pretty Ricky released their debut album titled Bluestars. It debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 56,000 copies in the first week, and within several months, was certified Gold by RIAA.[2] On June 15, 2005, Pretty Ricky released their second single from the album, "Your Body", which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #12.

In the summer of 2005 the group toured with Omarion, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Bobby V, and other acts in the Scream Tour IV concert series.

2006–07: Pleasure P's departure and Late Night Special[edit]

On November 9, 2006, Pretty Ricky released their first single titled "On the Hotline", from their second album. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97, and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

On January 23, 2007, Pretty Ricky released their second album, Late Night Special, which sold over 132,000 copies in the first week, topping the Billboard 200 album charts.[3] That March they released their second single, "Push It Baby", featuring reggae artist Sean Paul.

In 2007, after the release of Late Night Special, the group's lead vocalist Pleasure P left the group. The group later revealed in a statement posted to their website "...we did kick him out of the group, he did not leave on his own free will."[4] Pleasure P moved on to begin a successful solo career. He was replaced by up-and-coming singer 4Play, who wrote most of Pretty Ricky's songs.

2008: 4Play's arrival/departure and Eighties Babies[edit]

In 2008, after replacing lead vocalist Pleasure P with singer 4Play, Pretty Ricky started working on a new album titled Eighties Babies.[5] Its release date was set for October 14, 2008, but due to leaking and creative differences among the members, Pretty Ricky shelved the album, and 4Play left the group the following year.[6][7]

2009: 4Play arrival and Pretty Ricky[edit]

In 2009 the band replaced lead vocalist 4Play.[8]

On August 26, 2009, it was announced that Pretty Ricky had departed from Atlantic Records due to an ongoing feud, and had signed with independent Atlanta-based record company Big Cat Records.

Their new album, released on November 17, 2009, was titled Pretty Ricky.[9] It debuted at #97 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling over 10,000 copies in the first week. Only three singles were released from the album: "Tipsy (In Dis Club)" “The meatballs make you” and "Say a Command".

2010–2011: Mixtapes and Bluestars 2[edit]

On June 12, 2010, Pretty Ricky released their single "Personal Freak", and on July 27, released "Cookie Cutter".[10] On August 10, 2010, they released an extended play titled Topless.[11]

On December 27, 2010, in an interview Pretty Ricky announced that they were working on their fourth album, to be titled Bluestars 2, a sequel to their critically acclaimed album Bluestars.[12]

On August 12, 2011, Pretty Ricky released a mixtape titled Sex Music Vol. 1: Streets N The Sheets.[13][14]

2015–present: Pleasure P's return and reunion album[edit]

After a three-year hiatus, on February 16, 2015, Pretty Ricky released a promotional reunion single titled "Puddles". This marked the return of former lead vocalist Pleasure P to the group. "Puddles" was the most requested song on South Florida's major radio station, 99JAMZ, in the days following its release.[15][16][17]

New Album:

On February 25, 2015, during an interview, Pretty Ricky announced that they were working on a new album to be released on their newly founded record label Pretty Ricky Records.[18] In November 2016, Rico Love announced that he would be the executive producer for the new album,[19] which will be released in Summer 2018. On Instagram Live, Pleasure P announced the band will embark on a scream tour in July and will be releasing their highly anticipated new album this coming summer. The new Pretty Ricky album will be the final album from the group as they will continue to do solo projects after the release.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
US R&B US Rap
What They Call Em
  • Released: July 8, 2003 (Underground)
  • Label: Bluestar Ent.
  • Formats: CD, LP
Bluestars
  • Released: May 24, 2005
  • Label: Bluestar Ent., Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
16 5 3
Late Night Special
  • Released: January 23, 2007
  • Label: Bluestar Ent., Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
1 1 1
Pretty Ricky
  • Released: November 17, 2009
  • Label: Bluestar Ent., Big Cat, Tommy Boy
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
97 14 RIAA: Gold

EPs[edit]

Title Details
Topless
  • Released: August 10, 2010
  • Label: Bluestar Ent.
  • Format: MD

Mixtapes[edit]

Mixtapes
Title Details
Sex Music Vol. 1: Streets N The Sheets[13][14]
  • Released: August 12, 2011
  • Label: Bluestar Ent.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[21] Certification Album
US US R&B US Rap AUS
[22]
FIN NZ UK
[23]
2005 "Grind with Me" 7 6 2 70 6 26 Bluestars
"Your Body" 12 22 5 45 13 37
2006 "Nothing but a Number" 70
"On the Hotline" 12 6 121 Late Night Special
2007 "Push It Baby" (featuring Sean Paul) 109 51 18 2
"Love like Honey" 101
2008 "Knockin' Boots 08" 75 Eighties Babies (shelved)
"Cuddle Up" (featuring Butta Creame) 76
2009 "Tipsy (In Dis Club)" 52 Pretty Ricky
"Say a Command" 98
2010 "Personal Freak" Non-album single
"Cookie Cutter"
2011 "Topless" 124
2015 "Puddles" TBA
2017 "Good Girlz"

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "A Welcome 'Exile': Audioslave Opens At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Pretty Ricky, Shins Grab Top Album Chart Spots". Billboard. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  4. ^ Cooper, Roman (December 4, 2009). "Pleasure P Responds To Molestation Accusations".
  5. ^ "Pretty Ricky Introducing New Member Tonight – Ustream Spotlight". Ustream Spotlight. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Eighties Babies [Unreleased]". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
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  8. ^ "Pretty Ricky's Newest Member.. he's mean, he sings, he's Lingerie!!! – Z 107.9". Z 107.9. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Big Cat Records to Distribute Pretty Ricky's Self Titled New LP November 17th". PRWeb. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Cookie Cutter – Single". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Topless – EP". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Pretty Ricky "Blue Stars 2"". BET.com. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Pretty Ricky – Sex Music Vol. 1: Streets N The Sheets". DatPiff. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Pretty Ricky – Sex Music (Streets In The Sheets)". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Puddles (feat. Baby Blue, Spectacular, Slickem & Pleasure P) – Single". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Listen: Pleasure P Reunites with Pretty Ricky on New Single "Puddles" – ThisisRnB.com – Hot New R&B Music, Videos, News". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  18. ^ Pretty Ricky LIVE on 99Jamz with Dem Boyz DJ Nailz and DJ Nasty. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "Instagram post by Rico Love (Billionaire) • Nov 24, 2016 at 9:14am UTC".
  20. ^ a b c d e "Gold and Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  21. ^ "Pretty Ricky Charts & Awards (Billboard Singles)". Allmusic.
  22. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 3 October 2005" (PDF) (815). Pandora Archive. October 20, 2005. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  23. ^ Everyhit.com – accessed March 2011

External links[edit]

What They Call Em|http://www.allmusic.com/album/what-they-call-em-mw0000037385