Rico Wade, Renowned Producer for Atlanta Hip-Hop, Dies at 52

Rico Wade, a member of the renowned Atlanta-based production and songwriting trio Organized Noize who helped shape the sound of Outkast and Goodie Mob, has died, reports The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was 52.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of our son, father, husband, and brother Rico Wade,” Wade’s family wrote in a shared statement. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a talented individual who touched the lives of so many. We ask that you respect the legacy of our loved one and our privacy at this time.”

Organized Noize originally worked out of the basement of Wade’s mother’s house in Atlanta’s East Point neighborhood. Eventually, it came to be known as the Dungeon, earning a reputation as a welcome haven for aspiring musicians as long as they were willing to audition. It was there that Wade helped craft dozens of hits for artists, and the name eventually become a reference checkpoint for those in the scene. (On “Ain’t No Thang,” Outkast namechecked Wade’s studio in song, singing, “We havin’ a smokeout in the Dungeon with the mary jane.”)

In 2016, Wade’s work was covered in The Art of Organized Noize, a documentary about the production trio that features interviews with Andre 3000, Big Boi, Future, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, and more.

Numerous artists and rappers have shared tributes in Wade’s honor, including En Vogue, ScHoolboy Q, Alchemist, Juicy J, El-P, Open Mike Eagle, and Mike Will Made-It. “I don’t have the words to express my deep and profound sense of loss,” Killer Mike wrote on Instagram. “I am praying for your wife and children. I am praying for the Wade family. I am praying for us all. I deeply appreciate your acceptance into the Dungeon Family, mentorship, friendship and brotherhood. Idk where I would be without y’all. This is a part of the journey. You told me ‘It ain’t been hard throughout the journey, it’s been a Journey.’ The journey ain’t gonna be the Same Journey without U.”

Source : Pitchfork