Photo Credit: Spectacular/Instagram

It’s no doubt that Pretty Ricky was THEE R&B group and you most definitely had girls that wanted to be with them and guys trying to be them. So when Spectacular from the group went on Instagram and said the industry didn’t give them their flowers, we couldn’t exactly disagree. the group that came on the scene with Grind With Me and later hits Your Body and On The Hotline started a lot of firsts that the 34 year old rapper says they never got their credit for.

“We were the first to do a whole r&b and rap album,” wrote Spectacular. “We were the first to have three rappers and one singer in a group. We were the first to formate a song with rapping verses, singing hooks with multiple rappers. We were the first to make it cool for guys to eat the box. We were the first to make a girl take their granny panties off and put a thong on. We were the first to put 808 bass on every record. We were the first group to have a #1 album on the r&b and rap charts at the same time for five consecutive weeks. We were the first to make it cool to grind on each other.”

He added some other firsts including making the way for others to make sexual music. “We were the first group that helps you get popping in the bedroom. We were the first group that had you grinding on each other on the floor, chairs, walls, and dance floors at parties and clubs,” he added. “We made it cool to be sexy and express yourself sexually. We got banned from radio stations because our lyrics were too dirty, we paved the way for all new artists making sexual music.”

And despite them not receiving what he feels are their just dues, he said they at least know their impact. “I haven’t seen another band come close to us yet, respectfully.”

Come to think of it, have there been any followups to Pretty Ricky that we can even name? We don’t think so. He might be on to something. And we’ll add that the great part about the internet is how years later fans come together to finally give projects and artists the respect they deserve. Just look at Mariah Carey’s Glitter album topping the iTunes chart 20 years later.

Do you all agree that Pretty Ricky never got their industry flowers, and if so, why?