R.I.P.: ‘The Roots’ Manager Rich Nichols Dies

Legendary hip-hop writer, producer and manager Rich Nichols has died at 55. (Google Images)

Legendary hip-hop writer, producer and manager Rich Nichols has died at 55. (Google Images)

Rich Nichols, the legendary hip-hop writer, producer and manager of iconic hip-hop group The Roots has died. Nichols, who managed and produced The Roots for two decades, died today after a long battle with leukemia, which was confirmed by The Roots on their Okayplayer website. On the site, they referred to Nichols as “the guiding spirit behind the group.”

Billboard reports:

“Nichols had managed the Roots since the early ’90s, steering them on an unlikely trajectory from Philly street buskers, to heavy-touring hip-hop favorites, to the house band for America’s premiere late night show. He is also credited as producer, executive producer, mixer and A&R on several Roots albums and projects by the many artists the acclaimed band has collaborated with, including Jay-Z, Al Green, Common, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.”

Artists with whom Nichols worked expressed condolences on Twitter.

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Nichols is survived by his wife Mercedes Martinez, sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis and brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols. He was 55.

Read more on Okayplayer or Billboard.

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