“Music is everything; it’s the mood of everything.”
Who Are Pretty Ricky
The four members of Pretty Ricky are all sons of Blue Smith. They began their music career as dancers for their older brother who was seeking a career as a solo peformer. Soon the brothers began performing as their own act with 3 rappers and 1 singer, Pleasure. The quartet teamed up with producer Jim Jonsin of the Unusual Suspects production team.
Pretty Ricky Members Net Worth
Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith Net Worth: $65 million
Marcus “Pleasure P” Cooper Net Worth: $2.5 million
Corey “Slick ‘Em” Mathis Net Worth: $2 million
Spectacular Smith Net Worth: $65 million
The brothers developed their own clothing line – “Marco De Bleu.”
Success In Florida
In 2002 Pretty Ricky began to get local radio notice in south Florida with their song “Flossin.'” They continued to perform including opening slots for the likes of Lil’ Jon, Trick Daddy, and Run-DMC. In late 2004 the group’s song “Grind With Me” hit #2 on a local Miami station’s playlist. Atlantic Records noticed the quartet’s success with their fans.
Pretty Ricky’s National Breakthrough
Atlantic Records signed Pretty Ricky to a recording contract in early 2005. The debut album Bluestars was released May 17, 2005. The first single “Grind With Me” reached the top 25 of the Billboard pop chart. It was followed by a second single “Your Body” that was headed for the top 10 by October 2005.
Late Night Special (2007)
By following in the footsteps of sexually-charged male R&B; vocal groups like Jagged Edge, Jodeci and Dru Hill, the four-man group known as Pretty Ricky has some big shoes to fill. And unfortunately, they don’t even come close to filling them. The only thing they have over the aforementioned acts is that some of Pretty Ricky’s members also rap, and therefore incorporate hip-hop into most of the group’s songs. But despite this added dimension, the group as a whole is somewhere on the shallow end of the talent pool. If it wasn’t for sex appeal, they’d have almost nothing going for them.
One Track Minds
If sex sells, then Pretty Ricky’s second album will likely be a big hit on the music charts, because songs about sex is about all that this four-man vocal group has to offer. On all the album’s 11 songs, from the album-opening title track to the last song, “Make It Like It Was,” the group is fixated on sex.
Some groups, if they have the singing talent, like Jodeci for instance, can get away with this. But Pretty Ricky’s members – “Slick’em” (real name: Corey Mathis), “Baby Blue” (Diamond Blue Smith), “Spectacular” (Blue Smith) and “Pleasure” (Marcus Cooper) – just aren’t talented or innovative enough to appeal to anyone other than horny teenage girls (and some boys). Instead of coming across like smooth, savvy players, they sound more like a group of friends who got a recording contract by winning a local talent show.
Not only is their singing suspect, but apparently the members of the group who dabble in hip-hop are under the impression that rapping consists of just talking in a loud voice. There are several songs, such as “Love Like Honey” and “So Confused” that have good vocals and solid production, but their potential winds up trampled under bad rapping and/or hilariously corny lyrics like “let me do you after school like some homework and “I wanna end up in your stomach like some Robitussin.