How much is Pleasure P worth?
|Net Worth:||$2.5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||December 27, 1984|
|Country:||United States of America|
“All of the recent rumors and accusations that are being circulated about me are 100 percent false. They are disgusting and vile; and they are being spread by individuals with their own sick agendas. For someone to go to such depths to assassinate my character and slander my good name is truly criminal.” — Pleasure P., in a written statement on Dec. 3, 2009, regarding child molestation allegations circulated about him online.
Who Is Pleasure P
Marcus “Pleasure P” Cooper was raised in South Florida. He is the son of talent manager Joseph “Blue” Smith, CEO of the Bluestar Entertainment International label. Pleasure also has three half-brothers in the music industry: Corey “Slick’em” Mathis, Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith and “Spectacular” Blue Smith, all of whom are rappers. Although Joe Smith is the father of all four, only Spectacular and Baby Blue have the same mother. All four brothers were born between 1984 and 1986.
Real name: Marcus Ramone Cooper. Born: Dec. 27, 1984 in Hollywood, Florida. Raised in Carver Ranches, Florida.
In 2007, Pleasure and his brothers began performing as a music group, with P being the quartet’s only singer. According to a 2005 story in the groups hometown newspaper, the Miami Herald, the brothers originally called themselves Pretty Rickie and the Maverix, until the country group the Mavericks objected, and the group shortened it’s name to Pretty Ricky. In the mid-2000s, the group began to create a buzz locally in South Florida, which led to their receiving a distribution deal with Atlantic Records. Their debut album, Bluestars, which was known for it’s sexually charged songs, was released in May 2005. It generated three singles, with the most successful being “Grind with Me,” which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
In 2007, Pleasure P. split with Pretty Ricky; the exact circumstances are unclear. Some in his camp has said he left to focus on a solo career in R&B;, while the members of the group say he was thrown out. In June 2008, Pleasure released his debut single as a solo artist, “Did You Wrong” which reached the top 20 on the R&B; songs chart. His first album, The Introduction of Marcus Cooper was released through Atlantic Recors in June 2009, and spawned two top 10 singles, “Boyfriend #2” and “Under.” The album was eventually nominated for two 2010 Grammys: one for Best R&B; Album and one for Best Male R&B; Vocal Performance, for “Under.” He lost to Maxwell in both categories, however. After leaving Atlantic Records for eOne (aka E1) Music, he released his sophomore album, Marcus Cooper, in October 2012.
‘The Introduction of Marcus Cooper’
On his first solo album, ex-Pretty Ricky member Marcus “Pleasure P” Cooper tries to establish himself both as a credible solo artist and as a sophisticated lover-man, as opposed to the more raunchy, juvenile persona of his former group-mates in Pretty Ricky. The Introduction of Marcus Cooper, which was released in the U.S. by Atlantic Records on June 9, 2009, does succeed in helping Pleasure shed his previous image, and he indeed comes across as a grown-n-sexy man on most of the album’s songs. Where he doesn’t do so well, though, is in building credibility as a singer, since his vocals are occasionally flat.
The history of R&B; and Soul music is filled with examples of singers who left groups and became even more successful as solo artists. There’s Lionel Richie, who left The Commodores; Bobby Brown, who split from New Edition, and probably most famously, Michael Jackson, formerly of The Jackson 5/The Jacksons. But for every successful solo turn, there’s at least one that didn’t turn out as well, like when Dawn Robinson left En Vogue or N’Dea Davenport broke away from The Brand New Heavies. And judging by The Introduction of Marcus Cooper, Pleasure’s departure from Pretty Ricky has hurt both him and the group alike. Pretty Ricky has stumbled creatively without his songwriting abilities, and Pleasure’s thin voice clearly isn’t ready to carry the full load of an album, despite his best efforts. He definitely gets kudos for trying, though; none of the members of Pretty Ricky make a guest appearance on the album’s 12 tracks; in fact there’s only one guest appearance at all – rapper Yung Joc, who gives a tame performance on the braggadocious “I’m A Beast.” The other 11 tracks are all Pleasure. And on songs like the Usher-lite ode to cheating “Boyfriend #2,”, the sensual ballad “Under” and the please-forgive-me-baby track “Did You Wrong,” the results vary.
“Under” is one of the album’s best songs vocally, due mainly to P’s sweet falsetto, as well as subtle, piano-laced production that you’d never find on a Pretty Ricky album. Another winning track is “Birthday Suit,” which manages to be playful, sexy and fun at the same time. But for almost every good song, there’s also one not as good, with the sole problem being that Pleasure seems to still be finding his voice as a solo artist. At times he’s grown-n-sexy, but at times he slips back into Pretty Ricky mode, making it seem like he’s still learning who he really is as a solo artist.
When it comes to the song production, for the most part it is solid, and suits P’s vocal abilities well. That said, there aren’t any backing tracks that will absolutely knock you over and pull you in as soon as you hear the music. But despite it’s minor flaws, The Introduction of Marcus Cooper gives strong hints at Pleasure’s potential. With a little more seasoning, he could definitely become a force in R&B; music in the years to come. All he really needs to do is work on strengthening his singing skills, and he’s set. It’ll be interesting to see which lasts longer: his tenure as a solo artist, or Pretty Ricky’s time together as a group.
On Dec. 2, 2009, a person or people generated claims online that P was involved in a 2006 child molestation case. According to various reports, Pleasure was convicted of child molestation and had a restraining order against him. As “proof,” the accusers posted alleged legal documents regarding the case. The following day, the singer issued a statement completely denying that he was ever arrested, charged or convicted in any molestation case. Nothing ever came of the accusations, which happened to come the same day that his debut album was nominated for two Grammy awards.