The former Pretty Ricky frontman goes it alone with his first solo effort 'The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper'.
After leaving Pretty Ricky due to creative and management issues Pleasure releases a stellar 12 track disc that will please his old fans and draw in some new one's. The material is definitely geared towards a more mature audience but does not alienate.
His first two singles 'Did You Wrong' & 'Boyfriend #2' got a lot of exposure in the U.S but did not get a lot of play over here.
Tracks like 'Under' (my personal stand-out track), 'Gotta Have You' & 'Birthday suit' will keep the slow jam lovers happy, whilst the Yung Joc assisted 'I'm a beast' and the excellent 'Your Love' which uses a sample from Cheryl Lynn's 1983 soul classic 'Encore' will definitely 'get a party started' as they say.
Much like Slim (of 112) and Lloyd, Pleasure has a very distinctive vocal tone, but he does display a varied singing range throughout the LP without straying far from his RnB with a pop appeal style.
With his homeboy Sexy Spec' prancing around in red Y fronts these days in internet videos it looks like Pleasure may have made the right move. Although the album won't change the world it's definitely worth a listen and more than good start.
There's no official UK release date yet but the album is available on import and online.