Organized Noize

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Organized Noize
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1992–present
LabelsOrganized Noize Productions

Organized Noize is an American production team from Atlanta, Georgia composed of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown.[1][2]


Among the hit records they have worked on include TLC's "Waterfalls", En Vogue's "Don't Let Go (Love)", and Ludacris' "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)". They are most notable for producing a large amount of material for Outkast (including all of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and "So Fresh, So Clean" from Stankonia) and Goodie Mob (including all of Soul Food and "They Don't Dance No Mo" from Still Standing). Both groups are part of Organized Noize's Dungeon Family collective, which also includes Slimm Cutta Calhoun and Joi, among others. In an interview with Billboard, Big Boi of Outkast explained that Organized Noize helped them early on in the music business, saying, "They were our big brothers, and they did a production deal with LaFace Records. They were the ones that gave us our first shot and we been doing music with them since the beginning."[3]

They also contributed on the soundtrack of the 1996 critically acclaimed heist film Set It Off. In 2006, they contributed additional music to the film Miami Vice. In 2010 they produced several songs on the critically acclaimed Island/Def Jam solo debut from Big Boi titled Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. In 2011, they produced the album Nappy Dot Org for Nappy Roots.[4]

The documentary feature The Art of Organized Noize premiered on Netflix on March 22, 2016.[5] The documentary, directed by Quincy Jones III, details the formation of the group, who met through Tionne Watkins of TLC, and the early days of their Dungeon Family collective.[6][7]

On May 5, 2017, Organized Noize released an eponymous, seven-song EP, which had been in production for over 20 years.[3][8] Ahead of the official EP release, the track "Kush" was released on April 20, 2017.[9] The project was generally well-received, with Cult MTL writer Mr. Wavvy calling it "an enjoyable listen for any fans of the original Dungeon Family/Dirty South movement."[10]

Rico Wade is the cousin of Grammy winning rapper Future.[11]


Organized Noize are credited with jumpstarting the rise of Southern hip-hop in the early-to-mid 1990s.[2][11] The group has been described as being, "the...production team behind some of the greatest songs ever," and "one of the most respected production teams in rap history," by NPR and Spin respectively.[12][13] Billboard has stated that Organized Noize "pioneered the Dirty South sound."[14]

Production discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US[15] USR&B/HH[16]


20 2


  • Released: August 27, 1996
  • Label: LaFace, Arista, RCA
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
2 1


  • Released: September 29, 1998
  • Label: LaFace, Arista, RCA
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
2 2


  • Released: October 31, 2000
  • Label: LaFace, Arista, RCA
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, digital download
2 2

(Big Boi)

  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Organized Noize Productions
  • Format: Digital Download/Streaming
2 2
Organized Noize EP
  • Released: May 5, 2017
  • Label: Organized Noize Productions
  • Format: Digital Download/Streaming
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"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ a b Holley, Santi Elijah (April 14, 2017). "21 Savage Is the Unlikely Face of the New Class of Atlanta Hip-Hop". Portland Mercury. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Deip, Eric (May 4, 2017). "Big Boi on 'Boomiverse' Album: 'I Kinda Took it Back to 'Southernplayalistic' With Elite Street S--t'". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nappy Roots Discuss 'Different Experience' of Organized Noize". Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Bychawski, Adam (April 23, 2017). "Organized Noize announce first-ever compilation EP featuring Big Boi and 2 Chainz". Fact Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (March 24, 2016). "With A New Documentary, Atlanta Trio Organized Noize Earn Just Applause". Forbes. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Kimble, Julian (March 24, 2016). "Blood Is Thicker: What 'The Art of Organized Noize' Says About Family". Complex. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Over Two Decades In The Making, Organized Noize Drops Self-Titled EP". 2dopeboyz. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Emmanuel C.M. (April 21, 2017). "Organized Noize Release "Kush" With 2 Chainz and Joi Off Upcoming EP". XXL Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Mr. Wavvy (June 19, 2017). "REVIEW: Organized Noize's "Organized Noize" EP".
  11. ^ a b Elias Leight (March 21, 2016). "How Organized Noize Put Southern Hip-Hop on the Map". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (June 3, 2015). "Microphone Check Live: Organized Noize". NPR. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Corbin Reiff (August 26, 2016). "20 Years, 20 Questions: Big Boi Reconnects With OutKast's 'ATLiens'". Spin Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Paley Martin (March 28, 2016). "'The Art of Organized Noize' Documentary: 9 Things We Learned About OutKast, TLC & More". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "DJ Mustard – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "DJ Mustard – Chart history – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "DJ Mustard's New Album '10 Summers' Will Be Available For Free On August 12 – XXL". Retrieved July 1, 2016.

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