(Billboard) – Songwriter/Producer/Singer/Rapper Rico Love continues to make a name for himself. Not only is he the mastermind behind such hits as BeyoncÃ©’s “Sweet Dreams,” Pleasure P’s “Boyfriend No. 2″ and Usher’s “There Goes My Baby,” among many others, he is currently working on some of hip-hop’s most anticipated albums, including Dr. Dre’s “Detox” and T.I.’s “No Mercy.”
“I just went in the studio with Dre,” he says. “We worked on a few records and he played me some music. We worked on maybe two or three ideas. I’m supposed to go back in the studio with him soon.”
As per T.I., Rico Love says, amidst all of the drama in his life, the two worked on an upbeat, party record with “lots of energy and I’m on the hook,” he says. “It’s a good, fun song for the clubs — it’s something he was missing. When he came home, he was focusing on those tough records. But people want to hear him having fun, so Jim Jonsin and I gave him a radio-friendly record.”
Rico is also in the studio with Pleasure P, Jamie Foxx and his own artist Young Chris, who he signed to his recently launched Division 1 label, a joint venture with Universal Motown. “I definitely want to help brand complete artists that not only look the part and peform, but also are great songwriters, great individuals and have great music,” he says about making the former Roc-a-fella artist the first act on his roster. “He brings great music and speaks to the people. I consider him my Biggie — the way he makes words come to life. It’s just amazing and I’m so excited.”
Young Chris recently released “The Reintroduction,” a mixtape hosted by DJs Drama and Cannon.
As if that weren’t enough, “There Goes My Baby” recently broke the record for the longest-running top 10 song on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the year, running for 26 weeks. It’s also the second longest-running in the history of the chart after Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings,” which holds the No. 1 spot with 28 weeks.