RICO NASTY
Inked|March 2021
RICO NASTY, THE LOVE CHILD OF PUNK AND HIP-HOP, TAKES US ON A “NIGHTMARE VACATION.”
Devon Preston

From Grammy wins to Top 100 chart records, we’re living in an era where more women are succeeding in rap than ever before. Not only are women flourishing in the genre, they no longer need a male cosign to make it big. This new generation of women brought new perspectives to rap and, as one of the fastest rising women in the game, Rico Nasty is using her rhymes to shed light on a topic that’s seldom discussed in society, let alone in hip-hop. “Growing up as a woman, when you get mad people either take advantage of or take pity on you,” Nasty says. “They try to victimize you or say that something’s wrong with you, you’re crazy and you’re doing too much. It’s OK for men to lash out and break shit if they want to. But if a woman does it, it’s always been unlady-like.

“Girls need an artist to express whatever emotions they want to express,” she continues. “I hate when people expect women to be the perfect role model, the perfect mother or the perfect wife. Nobody puts that fucking stigma on men, men can be assholes who don’t do anything for anyone but themselves. And in most cases, they get praised. It’s time to get our power back. We don’t give a fuck if you see us as mad, us being mad doesn’t mean that we care differently.”

Nasty has used her music as a vehicle to express all of her emotions, not just anger. She touches on sadness, happiness and everything in between, connecting to listeners through the authenticity of her mixtapes. She began her career releasing singles to SoundCloud, quickly picking up steam within the underground scene, before transitioning to releasing mixtapes under her label, Sugar Trap. In that time, Nasty racked up an impressive seven mixtapes in only five years. This method of releasing music in quick succession helped build Nasty’s repertoire and reputation within the industry, but now that she’s a known figure in hip-hop, she’s taking a different approach for her debut studio album, “Nightmare Vacation.”

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