Perhaps realizing that when you’ve been struck by the Hot Iron Of Internet Fame, you should flog it for as long as the embers burn, Spectacular “Sexy Spec” Smith has decided to make another video of him humpin’ around, although this time, instead of grinding into the air while sporting red silk, he’s decided to show off his technique on a poor, defenseless folding chair while donning some black boxer-briefs and going off on a semi-incoherent tirade about the gender of his antics’ target audience. (Note: If your workplace frowns on Awkward Boners, you may want to wait to watch this until later.) This would be somewhat less sad if Spec’s antics weren’t directly borrowed form his ex-protégés / fellow Internet memes Peer Pressure, who had a foursome with some folding chairs during a particularly randy, Pretty Ricky-soundtracked holiday a couple of years back. Compare and contrast, after the jump. More »
Pretty Ricky’s Spectacular speaks about his intentions behind that video of him grinding like an idiot that he posted the other day: “Them little tight man drawers … I bought ’em to show off my cuts [in my stomach]. I wanted to show off my body. The underwear was for the ladies.” And here I thought it was to ensure maximum bloggability! [MTV] More »
American Idol smoothie Anoop Desai’s favorite song of right now is “Boyfriend #2,” the new single by former Pretty Ricky member Pleasure “Marcus Cooper” P. It’s a decent slice of salacious “I’m better than your man” R & B, but I really hope that the Tweet announcing this love isn’t a sign that Anoop is going to enter Pleasure’s ex-bandmate’s grinding contest. [Twitter / Pic via Rickey] More »
Did you know that there is such a thing as an “air sex” competition, in which one’s ability to hump around with imaginary objects is graded for the purpose of winning notoriety and not much else? It’s true! There are even going to be some World Series Of Fake Love in Canada next month. Judging by the clip after the jump, however, the news that there is a competitive League Of Grinding Against Nothing In Particular has not yet reached the members of overly horny R & B boy band Pretty Ricky, even though their whole aesthetic is tailor made for chucking any pretense of a music career and devoting all their time to entering contests like the Air Sex competitions. At least, that has to be why Pretty Ricky member Spectacular “Sexy Spec” Smith has thrust he is calling a grinding challenge in the direction of his contemporaries, who include Chris Brown, Bow Wow, the members of Day 26, and whoever else is more famous than his band these days. And by “thrust,” I mean “wiggle his pelvis around in ways that are probably not safe for work in 99.9% of cases while his band’s not-very-good new single about, sigh, being drunk in a club blares in the background.” Clip after the jump, if you dare! More »
Yes, Pretty Ricky is an outfit that’s so far gone into its own brand of camp I don’t know whether its four members are trying to be funny or trying to be serious, or if they’re just wholly unsure whether they can even take a position either way at this point. But can I just say that the slow jam from their forthcoming album ’80s Babies, “Knockin’ The Boots ’08,” is not bad, as far as sex-dripping come-on songs go? It would slide into the playlist of Music Choice’s R & B Hits station somewhat effortlessly, and given that said station has served as my musical go-to this summer, I can’t knock any song that tries for nothing more than to hit that general sonic target.
Fans of New Jack Swing will either flip or reel in horror when they see Pretty Ricky’s “Cuddle Up,” in which our favorite horndogs pay earnest tribute to the era. PR ladyfriends Butta Creame wear outfits from “Push It” and “Real Love.” Bandleader Baby Blue not only rocks a high-top fade and a shoulder-padded suit with no shirt underneath, he holds one of those portable phones that Gordon Gekko would whip out. Lyrics flash across the screen in big bold letters, gold chains glow in the dark, 4Play gives us a solo dance over a breakbeat and the group is surrounded by animated Dayglo outlines worthy of In Living Color. Dope!
The guy playing the keyboard? His name is Diamond Blue. The one eating off of a paper plate? He’s Spectacular. The fellow running a lint roller on his pecs? Goes by the handle of Slick’Em. And the chappy rocking the falsetto as Blue shouts off the various potential birthdates of their “’80s Babies?” His name is 4Play and he’s the newest member of Pretty Ricky, an R&B quartet so horny they make Jodeci look like the Statler Brothers. “21 Days Of 4Play,” the group’s ongoing YouTube miniseries that actually appears to have been filmed in one day, is a goldmine of new jack Spinal Tap.
What’s up with the lewd singing group who kept the Shins from the album chart’s top spot last year and inspired young men to put the “sex” in “sectional?” More »
Pretty Ricky–the hormone-charged R & B outfit who some of you may remember as “those dudes who kept the Shins from hitting No. 1 earlier this year”–is looking for a new member after Pleasure (née Marcus Ramone Cooper) announced his plans for a solo career on the BET Awards’ red carpet a few months back. Like other bands looking for new blood, the remaining Rickys have hit the Web to find their new member, and they’re also hoping to wrangle a reality series out of some writers’-strike-starved network. But it may actually make compelling TV, since the Miami-based now-threesome isn’t looking for someone who can sing as much as it’s looking for someone who can uphold the Pretty Ricky-approved standards of classy interactions with ladies:
You might think it difficult to get hot and bothered by the dry proceedings of a breach-of-contract lawsuit, but like King Midas (if he was all about bald metaphors for getting to third base), everything Pretty Ricky rubs turns sexy. As the other Rickys scramble to find a replacement for departed crooner Pleasure, the thrusting crotch born Marcus Cooper has now filed a (sexy) complaint against his former manager “[decieving] the singer by first acting as a surrogate father” and then “exploiting” him. Who knew the inner workings of a softcore teen R&B foursome would be so sordid?