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 Specialand Bluestars. 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 toCraig 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.
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. On June 15, 2005, Pretty Ricky released their second single from the album, "Your Body", which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #12.