“Good music doesn’t have an expiration date, save the art…” –Pleasure P
Pleasure P returns with a relationship ballad sure to get couples to cuddle up close. The single, “For A Long Time“, is a glimpse of his new music, that’s set to be released leading into the new year.
The song was an original Static Major song, produced by the legendary Bryan-Michael Cox. This is Pleasure P paying homage.
About Pleasure P:
When it comes to love, Marcus Cooper ain’t too proud to beg, plead or please. The hard-edged crooner hangs his heart out to dry and drip all over his new self-titled solo sophomore LP, a three-years-in-the-making emo opus. “Everybody’s so swagged out now–no one wants to say they’re sorry,” says the former front man of sex-singing quartet Pretty Ricky. “I wanna tell the women what they need to hear, take it back to love and romance. That’s my m.o…”
The man, born Marcus Ramone Cooper, has been sharp-shooting Cupid darts since he was a kid, charming classmates and winning talent shows with renditions of Immature’s “I Will Never Lie“. Born with soul coursing through his veins–Mom & Dad both formerly sang in small-time bands–the Carver Gardens, Florida native idolized R. Kelly, Jackson 5, Usher, & Jodeci. Yet growing up in his mother’s strict Jehovah’s Witness household stunted his early stardom ambitions, particularly a near-signing with Ruthless Records. By middle school, Marcus began to rebel, landing in a juvenile hall & under house arrest after burglarizing cars & homes with older teens in the neighborhood. Music became his life raft as he began songwriting during those isolated times. He recorded & peddled his demo in high school with little luck until a 2004 meeting with Joe “Blue” Smith, manager & father to the members of local rap group Pretty Ricky. Immediately following the initial studio jam session that produced the red-light playlist staple “Grind With Me“, which would become the group’s breakout smash, Marcus donned himself Pleasure P and joined the group. After financial disagreements, he eventually went solo.
After a 3-year break, Marcus hit the restart button, leaving Los Angeles to return to his hometown and record his back-to-basics second album, ‘Marcus Cooper‘. “In L.A., I was working with people I’ve never worked with before, testing out different sounds,” recalls Cooper of his eOne debut’s infantile sessions. “Moving back home I went through things, went through a breakup. So now in the studio I can speak about them–those are the heartfelt records.”
In January 2018, Marcus Cooper joins the new series “Love & Hip Hop Miami: Season 1” on the VH1 network. The cast includes Miami heavyweights Tricky Daddy, Trina, & Gunplay from Maybach Music.