Singer and songwriter Pleasure P presented himself to the world when he was the lead singer in R & B Quartet, Pretty Ricky. During her time in the group, Pleasure showed her smooth, suave melodic voice on several erotic and seductive singles, attracted by many, especially women.
After the group was released, Pleasure released his solo debut album, the introduction of Marcus Cooper. After the release of the project, R & B Crooner released several singles, toured, worked on Break Up to Make Up mixtape and joined the Vh1 franchise, Love and Hip-Hop Miami.
Now, 2018, Pleasure P gave her second mix, she likes via Cleopatra Records. The 10-track set included his latest single, "Wassup."
Enjoy recently talking with Singersroom about mixtape, released independent music, Love and Hip-Hop Miami, the 10th anniversary of its debut and more.
Singersroom: What feelings are you going through with a new album on the day of release?
Pleasure P: Feelings …? You know what I do not … I really do not have any crazy feelings, because I know I put everything in something. As long as you put everything into the music, which is the most important part, it is for the one who gets it. Outside just being marketed properly. Whoever likes it usually gets it. So, I do not feel so nice.
But you have created music for a while. Do you still have the same feeling you received when you started or are you just going through the movements?
Because you work so much, you can not even appreciate it. Initially everything went so fast. You do not even know what album sales really are. That way, when I came out, I knew nothing about the first week's sales; I did not know about radio points … It was just like, "Oh, we went Platinum, oh that's what's going on" [Laughs]. Now that I know, okay, that's exactly what your career is based on. We go platinum, and the money hits the bank account. But because I'm independent, it's a completely different type of feeling.
How do you feel about album sales more focused on current than physical sales when you release a project?
I'm glad, that … (Streaming) saves many people's lives, and it allows the artist to make money. You know, the label can tell you are in debt for this and in debt for it. If you do not know what kind of transactions they did, you in the blind. So you are very guilty of these people a lot of money and do not know when you really recover because of how they make their books.
Tells you about your compilation album "Pleasure P Presents."
These are artists I think are talented that come under the umbrella. I wanted to shed some light on them, so it's called "Pleasure P Presents."
How did you discover most of the artists on the project?
Only by good people man. Each individual artist has a separate story. There are seven different artists; I met them all genuinely. They all come from Miami. I felt I could use my platform to throw some light on their talent because they are all talented and the music will speak for themselves.
15 years of experience in the game. How do you rate talent now?
With my ears and my heart. I'm not in full, "How many streams do you have" or "How many followers," no. Can you sing? Not only that, but how are you wearing yourself? What is your mindset? Because you can get an artist and that the artist can be a nightmare. But these artists (on the compilation) are all good people in my book. They will make the sacrifices that I made to be successful. If they did it today, they would not be on a Hollywood shit tomorrow.
You still bloom with your career as a soloist and as a group member (Pretty Ricky). What made you want to put everything you do on hold just to present new talent?
Well … I put what I had on hold because "Love and Hip-Hop: Miami" should fly in November. I would release my album around the show. But that's the way we have all this dope material so … let's just go. I went to Australia for two months on tour. I was like … "You know which one, it's time to do something, let's just go. When I come back, let's go. We'll just start releasing projects after projects after projects."
I've been recording quite a while now, and I got so much dop music. People are like, "Where are you?" "Where are you going?" "Have you been?" I do not just waste my music and put it out for anything. So now we have the right platforms and the right things to do. I'm just doing it now, it's from my plan.
On "Pleasure P Presents", according to your opinion, which is your favorite track on the project?
Man, I have no favorite. I mean … I like them all the same. You have a song called "Usher Told You" from an artist Maor (Maor Mo). He is an Israeli / Jewish child, and you would never expect him to have so much soul and sing R & B.
We got Amara La Negra ("Bust a Whine") of course. We also have Lorea Turner, who is super dope. She's like the new Brandy, New Whitney Houston. The song we have there is an uptempo banger, but the song makes her voice no justice. When she does a ballad or something like that, her voice takes you to different places.
We also have K Si Yang there. It's my guy; He has so much dope music to look forward to. We have Popeye Caution, which is like the Reggae version of Chris Brown; He is dancing, he has such a beautiful star to him, and we got a song called "wish list" that is very dope out there. We have Ronnie Vop; His voice is on some Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo levels … He is young, and he also writes. Each song means something to me. I hope I did not leave anyone but yes, that's dope.
Talk about the entire Reggae vibe that you have, you also sing out right now, "Bust a Whine."
Yes, "Bust a Whine;" Cry out to my brother Don Corleone. Don Corleone is a good friend of mine. He produces for artists such as Sean Paul and Rihanna; He made some entries with Migos. He also got a lot of things this year as well. I reached out to him, and he blessed me with this post.
SR: How did you know it was a hit?
We do not. During the studio sessions, we call some ladies over and see what they are taking and what they do not take. If no one does not hit the head or anything and it's a song they've never heard before, we know it's a problem. Or we take it to the strip club.
I will be logged in, and I'll just give it to DJ. If the dancers do not really vibrate your songs, you know, okay, I have to come back harder. I test every mix or disc I do at this band club in Fort Lauderdale called Vegas Cabaret. So I'm just coming in there, and DJ Magic will show me that love and play it. I'll be like, "It's not mixed yet, let me hear it before I mix it."
Okay, we will go back and fix this, and it will be the "rough mix". Then we send it to Faiben, my guy who mixes all my music, he takes it and he will put it rough. Then I take it back to the place (Vegas Cabaret), hear it and tell him what he needs to fix. Then we will master it, take it back again and then we will know.
During these processes you will see girls vibes to it or people vibrating to a song they have never heard before. Most of the time, they do it, so I test my records, and that's how I know if it's a hit or not.
What did you decide to make a #BustAWhineChallenge behind the new single?
Women love to whine themselves nowadays. Some of them like to twerka but if you look at the Spanish Mammacitas and things like that. They are on the whining page, and I would just love to see more of it in the world, among other things. So I said, you know, let me start a little challenge and see how it goes.
And you felt that Amara La Negra was the perfect fit for the track?
She is dope as an artist. I'm fucking with her she's a real good person. Had to get her on it. Who knows who will be on the remix!
Who would you like to have on Remix?
I think maybe Pitbull … Someone with something I got a good friendship with. I make songs with people I meet that I have a friendship with. I do not do that because "Oh this person has many followers." Musically, I have to hear you on the song. So I would do a Pitbull … I got a few other people in mind for the remix, but we'll see how it goes.
That you and Amara are Love and Hip-Hop alumni now, how do you feel about the first season and enter the second season?
The first season I feel like Shay (Shay Johnson) won, they (Producers) portrayed me to be this "cheater", and that's not the case. This is my ex-girlfriend, and in scenes she just wants to meet and talk, no matter, blah, blah, blah. They (Manufacturers) would say, "You have not seen her long, give her a little kiss, like how French people say hello." And I do not think about it. I'm kind of "[Kissing] Hello how you do it "
On a separate day, they shot a scene and the stage is Shay cooking and she tries to give you the keys to her apartment, and we will fly like this. Now that they finally edit it, it looks like the day Shay cooked for me, I'm with my ex-girlfriend and kisses her, and I'm just this cheater that's not the case.
But I'm not complaining so much because it's TV. As manufacturers and things they have to do their job to produce the best show. But I have to speak my peace now because I do not want my fans to think that's what I'm about and I'm just a part of the wack ass dude, and that's what's happening.
Going into the second season now I do not know what the hell they will edit this time because I'm talking about it, but what they do, I'm more prepared for when they do it. I focus more on what I went through with Pretty Ricky, where I am today and how I feel about things. From the rumor that was spelled out of me from my own people as I know and came back and helped everything. It's just me who talk about my truth.
Ni (Pretty Ricky) came back together on the show. It was an important note for fans who really wanted to see it happen. That you make one last album now and the last tour. Do you feel like its "bittersweet" to get in full circle?
I think so … It's one thing I do not know about because music is the focus. The fans really like that sound. We were younger then; we are older now. The album we have now is dope songs and things like that; We just have to complete it. We are waiting for a person to make his verse. When that time comes, you will hear that project, but until then I'm only focused on "Pleasure P Presents" and all the dope artists on the project. I'm also focused on just releasing more EP, and more mixtapes, and more things like that.
Do not hold your breath. I'm not sure if there will be another Pretty Ricky album. I'm just continuing my life right now. I'm moving in God's hands.
Are you worried about overcrowding?
I do not think I can do it because I'm very versatile. You may hear a song in Falsetto, but then you can hear a full-bodied sweet song. You may be like, "Well, I do not even know it's the same person." If I played you my project now, you would be, "It's you?" I would be, "Yes, I am also on this typical sound."
I got the house record that took U.K.by storm, it's called "Can you love me" with Flo-Rida. We released it and people did not even know that I was and Warner Bros came to the table and gave the DJs the song with a deal for that record. But people did not know it was me; It played in Britain everywhere.
You and Flo-Rida have a chemistry that goes all the way back to 2009. What are you two who just clicked directly?
To be honest, Flo-Rida was in a group called GroundHoggz, and I was a soloist who recorded a demo. I was probably 16 years old when I first ran into Flo then. Of course, my career had gone to Pretty Ricky, so I did not see him too much. Randomly we went to L.A. to work on the second Pretty Ricky album with DeVante Swing (Jodeci). Flo was signed on DeVante, so we reconnected there as "Damn, I did not know anything."
Nine months later, he came (Flo-Rida) with "Low", so he ended up being signed on Atlantic Records, the same as me. We have been hanging all these times. He remembered during the trip, I was never a solid person; I was always down to earth. It's just my brother, we've just rocked for years.
You two have bangers for years based on it.
Yes, during all my tough times in this business, he let me write on a disc, "Wild Ones." He let me travel with him, let me do some things during my downturns. That's what brothers do. Many things we go through as artists in this business, you can not really talk to many people about it. He's a person I can be, "Damn bro, yes you two, it happened to me when this …" It's just a feeling, it's my brother for life.
You came out with Pretty Ricky with Bluestar 2005. You had such a monumental success with the album and the follow-up that leads to now. Would you consider yourself as the godfathers or forefathers of Miami R & B?
I do not. I feel I'm just a young legend. Meaning, I did everything young. I was nominated for Grammy's young, sold millions or more young people, the world toured young, I feel very young. Living in Bel-Air Estates young. All I did, I would say yes, definitely, I'm a young legend from that time to now. Knowing the business is everything.
For you, it feels like it's been 15 years?
It makes it. I feel older than people think, because I've seen everything. I've seen every kind of person there is to see damn close. All their motives, all sorts of crap, I've seen a lot in a young age.
How do you feel about current state of research and development right now?
Yes, I will always say this. You have artists like me, Mario, Bobby Valentino, J. Holiday, Lloyd. You have many artists coming out or coming out with things, but it's as if Urban Radio is now Rap. Urban AC (Adult Contemporary), you have Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, and you have all these older guys on the radio there. So we did not really have anywhere to go. And now we are currently transitioning to Adult Contemporary.
I feel as if the R & B state is very low, despite the fact that everyone releases projects. Mario just released J. Holiday came out with a new project, Lloyd just released something. Everyone is still releasing things but I think if we did more music together, we supported each other more, as if your project came out, you tweeted your shit, vice versa. Just as the rappers do, and together we are going to tour more, it will have a greater impact on the people who actually love it. Because they only hear anything, anything, and there is strength in numbers. This is what you will get.
Who are some new singers you listen to keep you inspired?
Man … I like Jacqueses stuff. He was really cool when I met him. He told me he looked up to my music. When I listen to his things, it reminds me of a younger one. I like to listen to his stuff. Ummm … who else …? I do not really listen to much new R & B.
Do you have Tory Lanez?
Tory Lanez is not an R & B singer. He can not sing live; He can sing in the studio but tell him to sing one of them without getting fucked. Do not discredit him but tell him to sing one of those songs living with nothing, he could not do it. For me, it's not R & B. It's a matter of R & B. When these rappers do "Singy" the thing through anything. It's cool, I do not discredit them for what they do, but there are "real" singers out there. Miguel is R & B, Fun P is R & B, Mario is R & B, Jacquees is R & B. Jacquees can get on Instagram and sing. You have the Vito singer who's out now he sings on Instagram all day. That's what I'm looking at when it comes to R & B, but I'm listening to all the guys I'm just called. Adrien Marcel is R & B. I listen to all these guys.
So how did you know when you heard the Tory Lanez remix to your classic, "Grind on Me" with Jacquees?
It was dope! They called me to make his video. I stopped making the video for them, but I do not think the video ever came out.
This year you celebrate the 10th anniversary of your debut album, right?
Yes, the introduction of Marcus Cooper. I'm like "yo, it's 10 years since we put that thing out and it's still a classic album that you can play from top to bottom." Next album you come from me will be the same way. All my music is good I know. The people who hear it, they never lie to me about what they like. I just had to let out more products.
Knowing What You Know Now If you could tell your young self what, what would it be?
I would have told myself for that project (Introduction to Marcus Cooper) to shoot videos for each song. We did not know this digital world that if we shot videos for each song that would have helped the project a lot more. I would choose to be better people at the time while promoting the project and taking it very seriously than I did when I actually got the project to come out.
When can we expect the next solo album from Pleasure P?
The solo album for me … I think once in January, February, March … I do not know. I'm releasing the first single in January. As soon as love and hip-hop: Miami flies then you will hear my music on the show and you will hear the album release. Until then, I had the pleasure of P Presents EP, except that I was given the opportunity to release, What about us. Then you know you will see videos, and we will switch up for January.
& # 39; Pleasure P Presents & # 39; now exist, stream below via spotify.
Interview of Boom Paul with contributions from Dominique Carson