Rico Wade Dies a Multi-Millionaire; CeeLo Green Bought His House To Turn into a Museum

'Fuck You' artist CeeLo Green announced on his Instagram that he bought Rico Wade's former house to transform it into a music museum!

By Chakku HaruPublished on: April 28, 2024 Updated on: April 29, 2024
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Rico Wade was the co-founder of the influential Atlanta-based production crew Organized Noize, who died with a net worth of $2.5 million at the age of 52. Tresa Sanders, a family spokeswoman, confirmed that the music producer passed away in a hospital due to heart failure.

Founded in the early 1990s by Wade along with Ray Murray and Patrick Brown, Organized Noize played a pivotal role in the emergence of Southern hip-hop during the early to mid-1990s. The group earned acclaim as the creative force behind some of the era’s most iconic tracks, including TLC’s “Waterfalls” and En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love).”

The influence of the trio extended beyond their immediate productions. Under their guidance, teenagers André Benjamin and Antwan Patton honed their talents and emerged as the iconic duo André 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast. Furthermore, Wade also helped his cousin Future to start his career, who has become one of the most significant figures in modern rap.

Wade Turned Down a $17 Million Interscope Deal

On March 22, 2016, Netflix premiered “The Art of Organized Noize,” a documentary directed by Quincy Jones III that explores the origins and impact of the Atlanta-based production trio, Organized Noize. The documentary, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, chronicles their journey from meeting through Tionne Watkins of TLC to forming the influential Dungeon Family collective.

Rico on September 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wade in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image: Source)

During the documentary, Organized Noize producer Rico opened up the pivotal moment when the trio, decided to walk away from a lucrative $17 million production deal with Interscope Records. Initially signed for $20 million, they only received $2 million before parting ways due to creative differences and dissatisfaction among the members.

CeeLo Green Acquired Rico Wade’s Historic Home to Create a Music Museum

Just a few days following the passing of Wade, CeeLo Green, a prominent member of Goodie Mob, made a significant move to honor his late friend.

Green announced that he had purchased Wade’s former house, a property affectionately known as “The White House.” Located near Cascade Road, this home with imposing columns served as a pivotal place for the Dungeon Family after their initial success had them moving out of Wade’s mother’s basement in Lakewood Heights.

Despite sitting vacant for years and falling into disrepair, as detailed in Green’s heartfelt Instagram post, the historical value of the house was not lost on him. “This property was poorly kept by the occupants over the years, it came to my attention that it was available and on the market. I then took it upon myself to acquire this monument and landmark,” Green wrote.

He further expressed his commitment to preserving the site, emphasizing, “It was too important and invaluable to leave it be. The asking price was around 1 million, I would’ve paid more! I’m proud to say me and my real estate partner… my sister did that for the family! My pleasure.”


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Green also announced his plan to transform it into a museum, “One day soon it will be a museum, archiving our rich musical history. You’ll be the first to know … and if you’re ever in Atlanta on the southside, come see us sometime and we will take good care of you, the way Father took care of us.”

About Author: Chakku Haru

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