Rico Wade, an organized Noize producer who touched lives of so many

The architect of Southern hip-hop dies at 52

Time Of Info By TOI Desk Report   April 14, 2024   Update on : April 14, 2024

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Rico Wade. Photo: Screengrab

Rico Wade, a member of the pioneering Atlanta-based production trio Organized Noize and co-founder of the hip-hop or soul collective Dungeon Family, has died at the age of 52.

His close friend Killer Mike and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed the death in an Instagram post, reports variety.com.

However, the family did not disclose the cause behind the death of Wade, a key early Outkast collaborator.

Killer Mike wrote that he does not have the words to express his profound sense of loss.

He said he is praying for the Wade family and his wife and children and all. He deeply appreciates all acceptance into the Dungeon Family, mentorship, brotherhood, and friendship.

Wade’s family released a statement, writing that they were deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Rico Wade, who was a son, father, husband, and brother of the family.

“We grieve the loss of a brilliant individual as our hearts are heavy. We seek respect and legacy of our loved one and our privacy at this time,” the family said.

Meanwhile, Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family released a statement reflecting on his legacy. The “Dungeon Family,” also included Killer Mike and Big Rube.

The Organized Noize songwriting-production team was formed in the early ‘90s. It played a pivotal role in early releases by Outkast, TLC, Goodie Mob, and many others.

Meanwhile, the City of Atlanta started mourning the loss of local hip-hop pioneer Rico Wade.

Wade who was a founding member of the Dungeon Family also helped produce several iconic albums. The albums assisted launch the careers of stars like OutKast, Goodie Mobb, and Cee-Lo Green.


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