Pleasure P has been out of the spotlight since he steamed up the charts with his song "Boyfriend #2" in 2009, but armed with a hot new album and a new record deal, the former Pretty Ricky crooner is plotting his return. King of Romance, P's sophomore album, is due in stores October 9 on E1 Records.
"We were looking for a new situation. I was at Atlantic Records and it just didn’t work out there," P said, explaining his hiatus in an interview with BET.com. "They were a good label for my beginning years as an artist, but you know things changed, and now I’ve got a new situation with E1. All that stuff takes time and I don’t think people understand that when you’re signed to somebody it takes time with attorneys and that kind of stuff to get out of that and into a new situation."
While he was away, P linked up with his old friend and fellow Miami native Flo Rida. The two penned several songs together, including Flo's recent international smash "Wild Ones." More collaborations will appear on both artists' respective upcoming albums.
"See the thing is with Flo, we came up together, before Pretty Ricky or any of that, we used to record at the same studio," P said. "It was a studio where all the local guys would come to, and Flo was in a group called Grind Hogs, and he was the cool one out the group, and we ran into each other a few years after I made it. He signed at Atlantic and we would always run into each other, that’s just been a friend of mine for years. One thing I could tell you about him is he’s one guy that’s humble, he never let the money change him, and I respect him for that."
For King of Romance, the silky-voiced singer recorded over 100 songs, which he then had to narrow down to 10. To make the final selections, he needed a little help from his friends.
"It’s so hard to just pick 10, so what I do is put together these listening events and I bring out wine and a lot of females to come through, and folks will take a sheet and tell me which songs are the best," P said. "That’s how I pick the album."
The first fruit of the new project can be heard in a new single, "I Love Girls," for which he linked up with Tyga. Also expect appearances from Ne-Yo and production by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love.
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