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Where did Rico Love go to college? Rico Love went to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he studied journalism. Rico didn’t graduate, but things worked out anyway, as he became a wildly successful songwriter behind chart-topping hits for such artists as Nelly, Usher, and Beyonce. Love is also a rapper and producer, and in 2013, he dropped the EP “Discrete Luxury.” He’s worth a reported $14 million, which isn’t bad, considering he started out a poetry-loving kid from a broken home. Rico Love was born Richard Preston Butler, Jr. on December 13, 1982, in New Orleans, and as a young buck, he split his time between New York City and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a boy, he gravitated toward poetry, and by his teens, he’d discovered hip-hop. After high school, he opted for college, even though he’d already determined he wanted a career in showbiz.

Fans wondering where Rico Love went to college might also be curious why he didn’t graduate. According to official bios, Rico Love did well at Florida A&M University, and even though he was rapping on the side and spending his weekends, in Atlanta, where his manager lived, he maintained a 3.5 GPA. Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately, given how things worked out — there was a mix-up in the financial aid office, and Rico was kicked out of school before he could earn his degree. Necessity was the mother of invention, and with his college career suddenly over, he called upon Usher for a hand.

“I went in one day and said, ‘I need money.’ Usher said, ‘I can give you some money, or I can give you the chance to make a lot of money,” Love said, according to his official bio.

When Rico Love got kicked out of Florida A&M, it might have been the best thing that ever happened to him. He went on to pen smashes like Usher’s “There Goes My Baby,” Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation,” and Mary J. Blige’s “Mr. Wrong,” and he’s planning a full-length follow-up to “Discrete Luxury.”

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