Goodbye to Rico Wade.  He founded Organized Noize and Dungeon Family

Goodbye to Rico Wade. He founded Organized Noize and Dungeon Family

Rico Wadeproducer and founding member of Organized Noize And The Dungeon Familydied at the age of 52.

Wade's disappearance dates back to Saturday 13 April and was confirmed by the family who did not reveal the cause of the artist's death.

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

Originally from Atlanta, Wade formed the production trio in the early 1990s Organized Noize with Ray Murray And Sleepy Brown. Their first credits appear in 1994 on the album “Southernplaylisticadillacmuzik”, the rap duo's debut OutKast with which they won the double Grammy Award (album of the year and rap album of the year). They also signed the single “Waterfalls”. TLC of 1995.

Organized Noize was also a driving force in the creation of The Dungeon Familyan Atlanta-based collective featuring artists such as OutKast, Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Killer Mike and more.

The collective released a single studio album, “Even in Darkness”, in 2001 and the various members of the Dungeon Family achieved success with subsequent solo and group projects.

“We are devastated by the news of the passing of our dear brother Rico Wade. The world has lost one of music's most innovative architects, and we have lost a priceless friend,” she said DungeonFamily in a statement. “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,” the statement concludes.

Wade and Organized Noize were very versatile, producing hits for R&B artists, such as In Vogue (“Don't Let Go”) and hip-hop artists such as Ludacris (“Saturday”) throughout their decades-long career.

In 2016, Netflix released “The Art of Organized Noize,” a documentary detailing the trio's beginnings, rise to success, and impact on the music landscape of Atlanta and beyond.