Pretty Ricky, believe it or not actually came together and started performing way back in 1997. All four members are brothers, Baby Blue, Pleasure P, Spectacular and Slick’em. The boys’ father, Joseph “Blue” Smith signed them to his Bluestar Entertainment International. Originally the group was called Pretty Rickie & The Maverix, Pretty Rickie stood for the style of dress and their swagger, no one in the group is named Rickie.
In 2004, the group changed their name to Pretty Ricky and recorded the song Grind On Me. Living in
Pretty Ricky blended R&B with a rapid fire flow of Hip-Hop, making it tough to put them in any one category. In 2005, the group released their debut CD, Bluestars, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album chart. A second single and video for Your Body helped Bluestars go Platinum.
Pretty Ricky returned in 2007 with their second CD, Late Night Special and that album sat on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks straight. The singles On The Hot Line peaked at number 6 on the U.S. R&B chart and Push It Baby hit number 18 on the U.S. Rap chart. Late Night Special eventually went Gold selling over 500,000 copies.
Pretty Ricky has gone on to release three more albums, Eighties Babies, Pretty Ricky, and Bluestars 2. However it was Pretty Ricky’s early years that helped shape our generations Ol’ Skool.