Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty

credit: Mario Kristian

If you don’t speak up, you’ll never be heard. Rico Nasty certainly has no problem speaking up…
“Yes, I am a girl,” she exclaims. “Yes, I am going as hard as all of these motherfucking dudes are. Yes, I am loud. If you’re female, get some confidence from what I’m doing. I’m the representation of a lot of girls who don’t get love.”

Backing up those points, the DMV rapper, producer, and singer has continually both shown and proven her mettle on the mic time and time again since dropping her first mixtape—Summer’s Eve—back in high school. A string of viral singles such as 2016’s “iCarly” and “Hey Arnold” lit up the internet as her breakout mixtape Tales of Tacobella received praise from Washington Post, XXL, Pigeons & Planes, and more. Next up, the 21-year-old opened up a bold, bloody, and bright world of her own on Sugar Trap 2 accompanied by alter egos Tacobella and Trap Levine (Think Rainbow Brite participating in “Purge” night). “Poppin” appeared on HBO’s hit series “Insecure,” and she joined forces with Lil Yachty on “Mamacita” for the chart-dominating Fate of the Furious Official Soundtrack. In the aftermath, she signed to Atlantic Records.

Showing no signs of stopping, 2018



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Subgenre: Hip-Hop / Rap
From: DMV, MD