Rico Love Talks Rick Ross, Usher Collaboration “Touch N’ You”

Producer/Song Writer Rico Love says Ma$e and MMG A&R/lensman Spiff TV helped make Rick Ross’ “Touch N’ You,” featuring Usher possible.

Monday night (May 14), Ross dropped the first official single from his God Forgives, I Don’t (due July 31) LP. Rico, who wrote the hook and produced the song said the track came together relatively quick.

“What happened was, I went to Ross’ house. That’s the day I was with Ma$e,” Rico said today via phone from Miami. “Spiff came through, he said ‘play me some joints.’ I’m working with Omarion too. So I played him what I did for Omarion, I played him this crazy joint I did for Wale, I played him some shit I did for Meek, some shit I did for French.

“Then I played him ‘Touch N’ You,’” he said. “He said ‘you gotta play that for Ross. Ross called me the next day. I came to his house with Ma$e. On the way over, Ma$e said ‘Make sure you play him that ‘Touch N’ You’ joint.’ Ross heard it…he said, ‘That’s my first single.’  We made the song happen in two weeks.  That’s quick. Usher loved it. After we did it, he said it felt like history.”

Rico says he wanted to give Ricky Rozay a record the late great Notorious B.I.G. would make.

“If Biggie was here, he would have done ‘Touch N’ You,’” Rico says.  “Something cool and fly, [Ross’] voice over the track was so calm and he’s talking that fly shit. That’s what people wanna hear from Ross.

“Basically the record is a ode to women,” he added. “A sexy song.  ‘I been thinking about you all day.’  A man telling a woman how bad he wants to touch her, feel her, be intimate with her. Ross puts it in a way, even the street dudes who don’t feel comfortable expressing themselves, feel comfortable with that. It’s a club banger and a radio smash. I’m excited for Ross because I feel it has the potential to be a radio banger.”

Last month, a picture surfaced (shown here) with Rico Love alongside Ma$e, Rick Ross, French Montana and Omarion in a Miami studio.—Shaheem Reid