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ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE

The sudden passing of Rico Wade in April was devastating for the music world as a whole—and particularly for the Atlanta community of which he was an absolutely integral part. As a founding member of The Dungeon Family and one third of the production team Organized Noize, Wade helped take Atlanta hip-hop and R&B to new heights of commercial success and acclaim. Indeed, Organized Noize defined the ATL sound on hugely influential recordings by Outkast, Goodie Mob, TLC, Ludacris and more. Wade’s passionate imagination is a light that shines through many of the stories in HITS’ 2024 Black Music Month issue—and continues to illuminate the lives he touched.

Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

HITS LIST:
HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
SONG REVENUE:
SCHLEMIEL, SHABOOZEY
Th epitome of new country (7/11a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
TOWARD A FRUITFUL GRAMMY SEASON
Our editurr in chief has something on his mined. (7/10a)
SABRINA TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH TOUR MERCH?
Her table's stacked. (7/10a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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