Rico Love has been in the music industry for over a decade, but until now he operated mainly behind the scenes. Get to know the man who produced and wrote some of the hottest tracks in pop, R&B, and hip hop, and find out what he had to say about his debut album Turn the Lights On, VH1′s own Love & Hip Hop, and Usher, the man who helped Love launch his career.
If you’re looking for a sneak peek at a new Jim Jones song (or are just nostalgic for his braids), Pitchfork.tv’s Selector has you covered. The most recent episode paired the Love & Hip Hop favorite with mashup DJ Girl Talk in Jones’s Manhattan studio. Girl Talk previewed two beats: the glitchy “Happen,” which the Jones was definitely not feeling, and the 1970s-soul “Believe in Magic,” based on a sample of Honey Cone‘s 1970 number-one hit, “Want Ads.” The Dipset head’s skepticism about the sound soon faded when he started recording a freestyle over it, and he ended up loving it so much that he cleared the sample and recruited Lloyd to sing a featured verse on what now looks to be an upcoming single.
Last night?s season finale ofLove & Hip Hop was true to it?s name—a lot of love drama forChrissy andEmily, while Olivia provided the hip hop. And even though this season of Chrissy and Emily’s love lives ended on a cliffhanger, the same can’t be said of Olivia’s music career—the woman is blowing up.
On tonight’s episode of Love & Hip Hop, we get to spend some extended time with the ladies as they prepare to take their next step in the music industry. First up, we’ve got Olivia, who has already tasted success in the biz. Not only was she the first artist ever signed to Clive Davis’s J Records, but she was the featured vocalist on 50 Cent’s number one smash from 2005, “Candy Shop.” Despite this success, she still feels like her fans have yet to hear the true Olivia on wax, so she heads to the studio to record a lovelorn ballad entitled “December.”