Maryland rapper Rico Nasty is a active assignment in individualism. The 21-year-old artisan is advancing into her own afterwards a career that came to activity two years ago, afterwards her songs “iCarly” and “Hey Arnold” amassed added than 2 actor angle each. Those songs, additional her 2016 tapes Sugar Trap and The Rico Story, kicked off Rico’s ascent. As a bubbly-yet-gritty rapper who is appropriately adequate talking about her feelings and discussing her enemy’s downfall, Rico became an online sensation.
By 2017, things were alteration quickly. Her YouTube angle started to increase, her name came up in a lot added conversations and she alone The Tales of Tacobella and added recently, Sugar Trap 2. She began to appearance added of her vulnerability and depth, which alone added admired her to admirers and helped her land a above characterization accord with Atlantic Records. That advance is axiomatic on Nasty, Rico’s latest activity that alone on Friday (June 15) and appearance “Trust Issues” and the brutal, near-rock track “Rage.”
“I wanna apprehend honest opinions,” Rico tells XXL, canicule afore the absolution of her best high-profile activity to date. “I’m gonna go attending for the affliction comments I can find. I’m gonna apprehend all the bad ones and I’m gonna like all the acceptable ones. I’ma accept to the bodies who tellin’ the truth.”
As she able for a six-week civic tour, Rico Nasty sat bottomward with XXL to altercate her Nasty album, how acclaim has afflicted her activity and acceptable the artisan she consistently capital to be.
XXL: You were already accomplishing blockhead things, but during the aftermost two to three months, things accept absolutely afflicted for you. Why do you anticipate that is?
Rico Nasty: Because I feel like bodies apprehend that I’m the best accurate and the atomic boring. You consistently gonna get some fun, agrarian bits from me. It’s never gonna be like, this song’s too beautiful to ball to. It’s consistently gonna be some lit shit. I active to Atlantic—that was huge—but uh, I haven’t really, I don’t feel the difference. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten bigger; I feel the same.
I keep tryin’ to ask people, like, aback do you feel famous? Am I gonna deathwatch up and feel it? I wanna know, ’cause I waited my accomplished life, for this. So I’m aloof acquisitive that aback it absolutely hits, I’m like “Oh shit, I can feel it.” Like in my affection and my chest I wanna feel it.
Do bodies apprehension you in the mall?
I aloof gotta booty my wig off. Again I can go anywhere [laughs]. Aloof booty off my wig and put some shades on. Oh yeah, my car aloof got swarmed at Target, damn. That was absolutely hectic.
That has to be draining, because you just want to live, be a mom and be normal.
You aloof get over it. And you learn, they don’t beggarly no harm. You apperceive aback muthafuckas is aggravating you. They don’t beggarly no harm, they aloof wanna see their admired artist. I accomplish all the anthems that they apparently accept to every day that probably afflicted their way of thinking. So what blazon of actuality would I be to see them and actually run or be too bougie to say hi.
This activity appropriate now—on the way up, about far up I go—I will never balloon this. I will never balloon what this bits feels like, and how abundant fuckin’ assignment it took. So abounding times activity places and actually appropriate afore I get on the plane: “Is it account it? Bitches is tryin’ to ruin me, niggas is accomplishing awe-inspiring shit. Is it account it?” All this bits that comes with it, it’s absolutely account it. You aloof gotta acquisition antithesis aural yourself and you gotta assurance yourself.
Why did you adjudge to assurance to Atlantic Records?
I went with Atlantic because I got a advocate to attending at my arrangement and my arrangement was fire. I’ve got added offers, but I aloof absolutely like their roster. Can’t be mad at that. Aback alive with them, they’ve absolutely accepted themselves to me. And they a absolute team. That’s what I need. I don’t charge an independent, area bodies wanna be my friend. I charge bodies who’s gon’ body with me, account I apparent them body added artists. I been watching some of the artists that they’ve active aback they appear they were active and I see what their lives attending like. I’m tryin’ to get me some of that. I’m tryin’ to get a allotment of that pie. So blot on that, muthafuckas. Accomplish abiding you adduce that, account muthafuckas got a lot to say about, “Why did she sign?” Because I accept a 2-year-old. And these bitches don’t! See y’all in bristles years, aback y’all bitches is burnt and broke. I will be sitting beautiful and clothed, fuck all that.
How did you evolve your complete for Nasty?
I chock-full authoritative music for added people. I’ve never been the blazon of actuality to put myself in a box. But I do feel like with this project, it’s aloof added so not giving a fuck what bodies say. To the point area now I’m so adequate in myself. I feel like “Rage” kinda pushed me to be added adequate with myself—I adulation that song. But I was actual abashed about absolution it. That’s like a accomplished screamo song. I didn’t apperceive what bodies were gonna say. I didn’t apperceive what they were gonna apprehend from me afterwards that. But I aloof ample if I stop worryin’ about what added muthafuckas gon’ anticipate aback they apprehend my music, I could prolly accomplish some abundant music.
And not absorption on what everybody wants me to do. ‘Cause Sugar Trap 2 was such a acquirements experience. I anticipation I was accomplishing something—and I was accomplishing something—but this is not that. This is not aloof some addictive hooks, some air-conditioned visuals. Sugar Trap 2, we had “Poppin,” we had “Key Lime OG”—those are hook-made songs. This band isn’t like that. This band is like “Oh bitch, these verses?” They bout with the hooks, they acquaint a adventure abuse near. Everything’s a altered mood, a altered vibe.
When did you apprehension you were activity in the appropriate administration creatively?
The night that I fabricated “Trust Issues.” That was aback I knew that I capital to absolutely get into that dust sound. And I feel like with “Trust Issues” all it took was the word. Kenny [Beats] was tryin’ to get me on some blessed shit. Kenny’s like my big brother for real. We be in the studio and he’ll comedy me a agglomeration of beats. I was like, “I can’t accumulate authoritative this blessed shit… I don’t wanna accomplish that ‘Money in my pocket, they all blue.’ I don’t wanna accomplish that no more.” He starts activity through sounds and I just heard [mimics an electric guitar] and again he switched it [off]. I said “No, that’s it!” Looked him asleep in his eyes. “This is what I wanna complete like. I wanna allocution about what I’m activity through, account I was actual close for some time because I got assurance issues.” Bodies I anticipation was my accompany started switchin’ on me—even family. So abundant bits comes with this shit. I don’t appetite cipher to feel apologetic for me. But bits change aback you get up. Muthafuckas attending at you way different.
So “Trust Issues” is absolutely that. And already I put that in a absolute song that everybody fucks with, that’s aback I knew. I was like “Bruh, I am not activity aback to circumscribed into what a changeable rapper declared to be.” I apperceive we’re declared to be cute; I’m beautiful though. I apperceive we’re declared to be girly; I accept on a skirt! I apperceive that there’s additionally declared to be a allotment of a woman that’s strong. I feel like there is no [rock singer] Joan Jett of rap. There’s cipher absolutely blame those barriers of [gender]. So abounding bodies accept to my bits and are like, “I been alert to you for six months, I anticipation you were a dude. You complete like you could accumulate up with these niggas.” And I’m not mad at that, some bodies booty that bits as disrespect. I acclimated to be like, “Damn, you bodies anticipate I’m a man.” Nah, my commitment can accumulate up with these niggas.
You and Kenny [Beats] assignment able-bodied together. What gives you two such able synergy?
It’s actual important aback you in the flat to be with a assured creative. And that’s one thing: That nigga got a ego. We both got egos. So aback we airing in the studio, it’s like “Yeah, nigga, is you ready? Bitch, is you ready?” Aback you accompany that activity to the studio, it’s so easy. The Noreaga collective [“Countin’ Up,”] he adapted that up, adapted that [“Superthug”] beat, added the helicopter everything, advised it. “Trust Issues,” I sat there and watched him do it. He makes the exhausted faster than I address the song and I address appealing fast. But he’ll accept that bits done in like 15 minutes. With that actuality said, it aloof makes aggregate accessible to do. If we can accomplish six songs in a night and all that bits was adapted up, amid me and you? That’s a productive-ass night. Nine times outta 10 aback I baker up a exhausted with a producer, I don’t debris the song.
What does Nasty represent for you?
It represents actuality free, not actuality abashed to appearance you guys that I can go from “Rage” to happy, adapted shit. Still to still be spitting, still accumulate that grit. This activity agency I charge to footfall my bold up afterwards. As anon as this allegation appear out, I’ma alpha alive on a new one. This is aloof addition date of my activity that I was able to certificate and allotment with my fans. I’m aflame about it. I achievement they fuck with it. Nasty is aloof simple. It’s elegant. You attending at the awning art, its hidden messages. It’s air-conditioned as fuck.
You and BlocBoy JB formed calm on “In the Air,” which seems preordained—it aloof makes sense. How did that appear together?
It’s so crazy you say that. Bodies were cogent me there was a lot of means we were affiliated and didn’t know. It was weird. Again I met him at [SXSW]. He was the aboriginal guy who addition was like, “You wanna booty a account with Rico?” And he was like, “Aw yeah, Rico!” I was like, “Oh shit, so he apperceive who I am? He fuck with me?”
I was in the flat alert to beats and I heard a Tay Keith beat. I was like, “Where is that from? I’m audition this nigga’s bits everywhere.” Two canicule pass, again we heard “Look Alive” on the radio. And I was like “Oh my God!” I get aback in the flat and I was lookin’ at everybody like, “If we do this, we gotta get BlocBoy JB on it.” I acquainted like I was extensive for the stars, but again I anticipation to myself, if I accomplish article we can “Shoot” to, he’ll do it. I did and I beatific it over to him. He was like “Oh yeah, this collective fire.” It didn’t booty him continued to get it aback to me—it took like two weeks. Anon as I heard it, I acquainted it up in my car. I was like, “Oh my fucking god, acknowledge you!”
What song on Nasty are you best aflame for bodies to hear?
Definitely the BlocBoy JB song. But I’m aflame for them to apprehend “Bitch I’m Nasty.”
Because I said “Fuck Trump” on it. I wanna see what y’all gonna say. Are y’all with me or what? Account I see a lot of y’all in Kanye alert parties! Let me stop! [Laughs] Love you, Kanye!
Do you feel media has a continued way to go with covering changeable rappers? How would you appetite to see them improve?
If you apperceive we don’t like anniversary other, you don’t gotta put us in a adventure together. I mean, I’m accomplishing bigger than them, so I would like to be put over here. And I’m abiding they think they’re accomplishing bigger than me, so you can put them over there. But they aloof adulation to aloof jam us all together. You deceit accord a allegation her own post? For these added girls out here, you gotta assignment for that.
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