The American rapper Rico Love, originally named Richard Preston Butler Jr., is a multi-talented personality who, by profession, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer as well. He is mainly known for his associated acts with The Runners and Young Chris. Some of his famous songs include They Don’t Know, and Bitches Be Like.
Richard Preston Butler Jr., known by his stage name Rico Love, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 3, 1982, and grew up in the small town of Wisconsin and Harlem. He then shifted to New York after his parents got divorced when he was just an infant.
Rico loved writing poetry as a child and was always encouraged by his mother. His love for writing poetry led him to join the African American Children’s Theater. He realized he wanted to pursue a career in rap while he was in his teens but first needed to finish his studies.
Love went to the Florida A&M University, where he kept his interests in music alive by winning numerous talent shows and rap battles. He frequently visited Atlanta, Georgia, where he met the members of Jagged Edge who inspired his songwriting.
Due to a significant paperwork error committed by the college administration’s office, Rico eventually dropped out of college. Rico then went to live in Atlanta, where he got his first chance with Usher. Usher encouraged Rico and also introduced him to the music industry.
Being born on 3 December 1982, Rico Love is 39 years old as of today’s date 6th May 2022. His height is 1.81 m tall, and weight is 64 kg.
Rico Love is currently married to the celebrity photographer Robin V., originally named Robin Thompson. The couple lives in Miami with their children, a son named Carys Preston and Believe Beyond’s daughter. Rico chooses to be private about his personal life, and not much is known about his relationships.
Awards & Achievements
Following are Rico Love’s achievements/awards as a rapper, singer and songwriter:
- He was included in the Grammy Award nominations in the year 2005.
- In 2005, he lifted the Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album.
- In 2010, he was ranked in the 9thposition in Billboard chart, for the category- Songwriter of the Year.
- In 2010, he was ranked in the 26thposition in Billboard chart, for the category- Publisher of the Year.
- In 2011, he again lifted the Grammy Award along with his co-artist Usher”
As of May 2022, Rico’s estimated net worth is $16 million, with record sales and royalties accounting for the majority of his earnings. He has created albums for some of the most well-known American performers, including Usher, Beyoncé, and Chris Brown.
His solo concerts and collaborations with other musicians as a recording artist adds to his net worth. According to the artist’s website, he lives in Golden Beach, Miami, and drives a Rolls-Royce car. His salary as an artist is estimated to be $400,000.
Rico Love, an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, got his first chance from Usher by writing “Throwback” for him. His success continued as he kept writing and producing hit records. He has contributed to many albums, which have then won the Grammys. He is also the CEO of Division1, a record label partnering with the renowned record label- Interscope Records.