Outkast Producer Rico Wade Passed Away At 52!

Outkast Producer Rico Wade Passed Away At 52
Outkast Producer Rico Wade Passed Away At 52

In the world of hip-hop, Rico Wade was a force to be reckoned with. As a producer for Outkast and a member of Organized Noize, he helped shape the sound of a generation. But now, at just 52 years old, Wade’s sudden passing has left fans mourning and wondering what happened.

Join us as we unravel the story behind the man who co-founded the Dungeon Family Collective and delve into the legacy he leaves behind.

Outkast Producer Rico Wade Passed Away At 52

Rico Wade, a prominent Outkast producer, Organized Noize member, and co-founder of the Dungeon Family collective, has passed away. He was 52 years old.

News outlets were informed by an Organized Noize spokesperson that the cause of death is unknown at this time.

Rico Wade’s family released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of our son, father, husband, and brother. 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.”

In the early 1990s, Wade, Ray Murray, and Sleepy Brown formed the Dungeon Family collective. Afterward, Wade’s younger cousin Future joined the hip-hop trio, which also featured Big Boi, André 3000, CeeLo Green, Big Rube, Big Gipp, and Khujo.

Outkast Producer Rico Wade Passed Away At 52
Outkast Producer Rico Wade Passed Away At 52

Wade, Brown, and Murray produced most of the songs on ATLiens, a big portion of Outkast’s debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and music on Aquemini and Stankonia through their company Organized Noize. The three also created hits including Ludacris’ “Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)” and En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go.” They co-wrote and produced TLC’s big hit “Waterfalls.”

Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family stated, “We are devastated by the news of the passing of our dear brother Rico Wade. The world has lost one of the most innovative architects in music, and we have lost an invaluable friend.”

They further added, “Rico was the cornerstone of Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family, and we will forever treasure his memory and the moments we shared, creating music as a united team. Our hearts weigh heavy with sorrow, and we kindly request privacy and empathy during this challenging period. Rico’s presence will always have a special spot in our hearts, and in the music we presented to the world.”

Rico Wade, who was born in East Point, Georgia, on February 26, 1972, was involved in the formation of the Dungeon Family collective and Organized Noize, which helped start the careers of Janelle Monáe, Killer Mike, and Future. The Mask Off rapper gave Wade recognition in 2014 for his big career achievement.

Several artists, including Killer Mike, expressed their sorrow at Wade’s demise on social media. The rapper wrote, “I don’t have the words to express my deep and profound sense of loss. I deeply appreciate your acceptance into The Dungeon Family, mentorship, Friendship, and Brotherhood. Idk where I would be without ya’ll.”

Wade is remembered by his mother, two sons, wife, and numerous brothers and sisters who survive him.

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