Pleasure P - The Introduction of Marcus Cooper

2009-08-13 13:47
Pleasure P - The Introduction of Marcus Cooper

Sisqo once warned us of this. Back in 1996, at the height of Dru Hill’s career arc, he had that sinking feeling that someone was sleeping in his bed.  Of course, like most of the four-man group’s oeuvre, we ignored him. Besides, Sisqo had always been a whiny one. We should’ve started worrying, though, in 2002 when LL Cool J saw the error of his ways on “Luv U Better” and armed with a bouquet of peace-making roses, barely made it back into his lady’s favour. Now we have “Boyfriend #2” – the runaway single on The Introduction of Marcus Cooper and it could be too late. Chances are, if you’ve heard of Pleasure P, this is what you’d use to pick him out from the line up – right next to Ne-Yo’s “Sexy Love” and three spaces left of Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna”, the track is a heavily synth-ed, piano-keyed, manifesto of the ‘man on the side’ come out of hiding.  It’s the kind of song with lyrics that’ll have dissatisfied ladies swooning, while at the same time maintaining an infectious production template that’ll get their aloof partners reluctantly moving in their workaholic boots.

Backtracking a little, The Introduction starts off with “I’m a Beast”, a mid-tempo chest-thumping track where Pleasure P lays down what he’s about – mainly, having “swagga”, being the “new bad boy of R&B”, stealing your girlfriend, and well, “having her body like whoa”. Rapper Yung Joc assists with a somewhat flat guest-rap, and while pleasant enough, the track lacks replay value: the writing is average, and P sings with a conservative range over a production style that could easily have come from any other number of poppy R&B albums.  

Continuing with the bad boy theme, P follows us up with “Tender Roni” – the ballad for the ‘man on the side’. Unfortunately, here the novelty begins to wane. Lyrically, this sounds like every other ballad sung by a love-struck R&B gent looking to ‘hand-cuff’ a miss – it just isn’t bad enough. And this is the problem with The Introduction, too – about four tracks down the line it begins to suffer from a sudden spate of ordinariness and before long, the shockingly sensual lets way for the supinely soppy. A short recovery is made in “Under”, though – a song about going down there that well, deserves a standing ovation, really. Honestly, it’s that good. Tank for the Military’s low-tempo production sways with a full throbbing bassline, tingling, tapping drums and ascending keys that play under Pleasure P’s convoluting vox in a steamy, red-hot tribute to ‘R&B as baby-making music’.  

The Introduction of Marcus Cooper makes a solid case for itself. It isn’t anything we haven’t heard before, no, but it isn’t everything else either. Sure, Pleasure P could’ve done with a more audacious debut, but regardless, fans of the genre will find The Introduction pleasurable listening.

Marcus Cooper sneaks up on you, playing the part of the bad boy. While the straight-laced crooner lays down a serenade beneath the proverbial damsel’s star-lit balcony, Pleasure P’s lurking in the shadows, patiently waiting for Romeo to leave so he can get it on.

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Cole 2009/08/24 10:04 AM
rhe album is bom so shut up
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