Richard Preston Butler Jr. better known by his stage name Rico Love, is an American record producer, songwriter, singer, and rapper. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but split his childhood between Wisconsin and NYC’s Harlem neighborhood.
While visiting Atlanta when attending Florida A&M, Rico Love worked his way into the music industry through connections with Usher.
The first song Rico Love ever wrote in his career was “Throwback” which ended up on Usher’s 2004 album Confessions.
His success continued writing and producing hit records such as Usher’s “There Goes My Baby” and “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”, Nelly’s “Just a Dream” and “Gone”, as well as Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams”.
Rico Love has contributed to works which have gone on to win Grammys such as Beyoncé’s 2009 Best Contemporary R&B album I Am… Sasha Fierce, Usher’s 2010 Best Contemporary R&B album Raymond v. Raymond, and Usher’s 2010 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance “There Goes My Baby”.
He has also written and produced records for Kelly Rowland, Diddy, Chris Brown, and more. He has appeared as a featured artist on records with T.I., Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Jamie Foxx, and more.
As a solo recording artist, Rico Love released two studio albums: TTLO in 2015 and Even Kings Die in 2018.
He is the CEO of Division1, a record label that partnered with Interscope Records in 2013.