New Orleans native Rico Love started off as a rapper but was encouraged to be a songwriter by Usher after he composed lyrics for a tune written by Just Blaze, which became the Confessions
track "Throwback." He continued to pen tunes for the "Yeah!
" singer, including the Raymond Vs Raymond
singles "There Goes My Baby
" and "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)
." Meanwhile requests for Love's compositions began coming from other artists and he went on to write and produce records for the likes of Beyoncé ("Sweet Dreams
"), Keri Hilson ("Energy
") and Mary J. Blige ("Mr. Wrong