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When a hip-hop group makes their entrance in matching gold-sequined outfits, you know you're in for one star-studded performance. And that's exactly what happened when the Soundcheck Crew caught up with R&B / rap super group, Pretty Ricky, at Center Staging studios in Burbank, CA.
Performing tracks from their eagerly anticipated sophomore album, Late Night Special, we witnessed an energetic act about to break it big. Rocking slick suits and stunning, original choreography, Soundcheck sat in on a spectacular performance from an infectious band that isn't afraid to rock the boat.
A Band of Brothers
Equal parts R&B and rap, Pretty Ricky draw their inspiration and art from pop music's finest. These Southern siblings recall the great Motown groups of the '60s: Diamond Blue "Baby Blue" Smith brings to mind a young Michael Jackson, and the rest of the band reminds us of that era's famous ensemble acts: The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, The Temptations, etc. What separates Pretty Ricky, however, is a fierce determination to carve their own niche in music. (The guys pen their own tunes and style their own look.)
We asked them about their special recording process: "We wrote everything on the album and produced everything. We gave y'all that Pretty Ricky vibe!" said Baby Blue. "We go into the studio and set the tone. We bring the incense, light the candles, fog the whole studio up and dim the lights down! I'm tellin' you, the whole album from front to back is fine."
Pretty Ricky 'On the Hotline'
The buzz on the street is that Late Night Special is about to launch Pretty Ricky into a whole new stratosphere. With all the pressures of fame and fortune looming, how do they feel about the transition from strip-mall shows to global superstardom? Says Marcus "Pleasure" Cooper: "We just like to have a good time, be ourselves. We're real humble... and a lot of people in the industry forget about that. When they get to a certain level, they get what we call "big-headed." We are just ordinary men."
"I'm a walking disco ball!" Pleasure announces to our Crew, referring to Pretty Ricky's glittering costumes and infectious moves. Today, we were charmed by this southern band's effortless charisma and energetic talent. In fact, watching this performance you'll discover that it's pretty impossible to watch a Pretty Ricky performance without moving your feet. Enjoy the show!
-The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck
- Pretty Ricky proudly hail from Miami, FL, and are all brothers. They are: Corey "Slick 'Em" Mathis, Diamond Blue "Baby Blue" Smith, Spectacular Blue Smith and Marcus "Pleasure" Cooper.
- Pretty Ricky isn't their first brush with stardom. Slick 'Em, Spectacular and Baby Blue were once in a band called The Maverix - along with another brother, Pretty Rickie Rickie - back in 1997. The band achieved relative success locally, but failed to ignite outside of Florida.
- Like the Jackson 5, Pretty Ricky were once managed by their father, Joseph "Bluestar" Smith.
- Pretty Ricky don't just want to influence fashion - they make it! The trendsetting brothers even have their own clothing line, Marco de Bleu.
- According to the band, the name Pretty Ricky originated from one of their favorite television shows, Martin.
From their first album, Bluestars, 'Your Body' laments a missing loved one - on the road. Pretty Ricky have said in past interviews that many of their tunes are written specifically for the ladies, and this song is no exception. "Rollin' down 95," the guys sing sweetly. "And you can see it in my eyes... that I'm looking for a cutie pie..."
Late Night Special / Grind With Me
Pretty Ricky starts off the first medley of the set with the title track to the new album, 'Late Night Special' - a melodic number that's destined to become a big hit. The boys then bust out some slick dance moves as they segue way into 'Grind With Me,' a top 10 single from Bluestar that showcases the playful side of the band.
On The Hotline
You've heard this song everywhere, but not like this. The first single from Late Night Special, 'On The Hotline' is a reference to late-night romance and echoes chords reminiscent of late '80s super group, Salt-N-Pepa.
Nothing But A Number / Shorty Be Mine
Though they've only recorded two albums, Pretty Ricky have enough material to satisfy their fans plenty. And for their final number, the guys turn it up a notch with their spot-on medley of earlier hits, 'Nothing But A Number' and 'Shorty Be Mine.' It's a fitting repertoire to a group who, musically, have only just begun.