As his pal Usher continues to craft the masterpiece many hope his next album will be, Rico Love continues to soar towards critical acclaim today, doing so with his very own take on Rick Ross‘ ‘Devil is a Lie.’
A far cry from the Pop radio-ready hits he penned for the likes of Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, his remix of the jam stands as nothing short of fire…even though its Hip Hop cliche-soaked do very little to showcase the genius that earned a 2009 Grammy nomination for the smash hit, ‘Sweet Dreams.’
Responsible for many a cool sound spawned by Beyonce, Brandy, Usher and Kelly Rowland, Rico Love’s habit of building R&B music that transcends genre lines has brought him more success than most maybe aware of.
Now, in an interview with ‘The Feature Presentation‘, the ‘Sweet Dreams‘ producer has detailed his journey to the top, going a long way help aspiring creatives understand the lucrative business that is music publishing, soundtrack building and his enviable arrangement with Jimmy Iovine‘s ‘Interscope.’
The above, being one of the reasons we’ve billed this interview a ‘must see.’
For, his time with the outlet also saw him dish on the criticism Jay Z faces for continuing his business dealings with Barney’s, a company now under fire following claims they falsely accused two African-American shoppers of committing credit card fraud after they made large but legal in-store purchases.
Love’s thoughts on the matter? An interesting explanation as to why boycotting one company on the grounds of racism does little to combat the problem, and why the African-American community should turn its attention to the gun-selling pawnshops, alcohol pouring liquor stores and lack of inner-city education resources that stifles the progression of its youth.
Check out these snaps of ‘King Of Hearts‘ darling Cassie partying it up with ‘Motivation’ mastermind Rico Love recently.
Hitting Miam’s ‘Bamboo‘ to celebrate the writer’s 30th birthday, the pair were spotted months after the mastermind penned ‘Hardly Breathing‘ for Brandy’s ’2/11′ and Trey Songz‘ R&B smash, ‘Heart Attack‘.
Their partying also arrives two months after Cassie released the video for her new single ‘King Of Hearts‘, which failed to chart…anywhere.
As evidenced by the rant of ‘Believe’ beau Justin Bieber‘s manager, it’s pretty safe to say that some camps are still up-in-arms about the 2013 Grammy nominations unveiled last night.
Indeed, every year sees some scorned team or artist supporter feel “cheated” due to an absence from the nominations tally (see: Jill Scott’s rant last year), but this year marks a noted difference in that A) the male domination of categories, B) the absence of hip-hop and R&B from major categories, and C) the glaring, 2011-instated removal of “gender-specific” categories.
With only acts who released material from September 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 eligible for consideration, the wealth of overlooked talent is earning a collective side-eye from many-a-music lover. Just ask fans of Brandy & Monica‘s ‘It All Belongs To Me’, Mary J. Blige, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, and, of course, Nicki Minaj & Justin Bieber…
Monica pictured above with RCA Records CEO Peter Edge
As exclusively reported here, R&B/Hip Hop hitmaker Rico Love is set to rejoin ‘It All Belongs To Me’ co-star Monica for her 7th studio LP.
Boasting ‘executive producer’ rights, news has now surfaced that Love will not be the only big name listed under production credits. For, per the suggestions of many-That Grape Juice-faithful, Mo took to Twitter to unveil a full list of hitmakers set to contribute to the album’s sound:
Camera were all over ‘Love All Over Me’ maestra Monica as she and b-baller husband Shannon Brown took to Chicago for his long-promoted WoodStar Music Festival (already in progress this weekend at Chi-Town’s Union Park).
And, while the festival is set to feature some of R&B’s leading acts, a private dinner recently attended by the couple also brought out some of the genre’s most noticeable acts including ‘Bombs’ beauty Dawn Richard, Rico Love, and Destiny’s Child‘s/Illinois native Michelle Williams. See more shots below (viaY.I.F):
As fans know, Williams got her start in the industry as a backup singer for the ‘Angel of Mine’ maestra over 10 years ago. Something to note as the ladies seem to look even better with age!
It’s 14 years since Brandy and Monica shook up the scene with their blockbuster hit ‘The Boy Is Mine’.
Fast forward to today and the still-young divas are confirmed to be cooking up another duet. And while their last outing saw Darkchild wear the producer hat, this go round sees the ladies hook up with ‘Motivation’ hitmaker Rico Love.
Check out what Love had to say of the collaboration after the jump…