That 'Special' Someone

"It's five in the morning, and I'm up talking dirty to you," croons lead singer Pleasure of racy group Pretty Ricky -- and if the men don't know, the young girls understand.

"It's five in the morning, and I'm up talking dirty to you," croons lead singer Pleasure of racy group Pretty Ricky -- and if the men don't know, the young girls understand. Since debuting its mix of R. Kelly-esque lyrics with boyish charm on the group's 2005 album "Bluestars," Pretty Ricky has carved a niche by offering risque banter to ravenous teenagers. With its second album "Late Night Special" dropping this week via Atlantic, the fan base's screeching is just now picking back up.

The four-member group -- blood brothers Baby Blue, Spectacular, Slick 'Em and Pleasure -- started honing its image in 1997 through local performances in its Miami hometown.

Producing "Late Night Special" through its own company, Music Royale Productions, the group made a specific effort to create the album apart from Atlantic. With only two featured guests on "Late" -- both from the act's upcoming Music Royale groups, female trio Butta Creame and rap trio Meat n Bonez -- the group is keeping things in-house.

"Where everyone messes up is the label signs them for who they are and then puts them with different writers and artists," Baby Blue says.