Rico Nasty is Rapping So Her Son Doesn't Have To: "I Want Him to Be Something Bigger"

“I imagine peace and balance in his life because that’s something I really focus on right now.”
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DMV rapper Rico Nasty recently signed to Atlantic Records, dropped her debut album Nasty, and conquered the sugar trap. In a new interview with Pitchfork, Rico revealed while she’s working hard to show young women that there’s no cookie-cutter mold for women in hip-hop, she’s also busting her ass with the raps so her son doesn’t have to follow in her footsteps.

“I’m only doing it so he doesn’t have to,” she said. “I literally did this so we can never worry about none of the shit that I went through growing up. I want him to be something bigger than this. I imagine peace and balance in his life because that’s something I really focus on right now.” 

Rico goes on to add she can see him pursuing a different creative career, perhaps film direction or something that makes good use of his “very bossy” two-year-old demeanor.

Now, plenty of hip-hop parents struggle to balance being present in their kids’ lives and moving along their careers. Most recently, Royce da 5’9” revealed he felt being a rapper stripped him of his fatherhood card. For Rico Nasty, it seems the struggle is not so much in balancing her work and family, but rather, she is fighting to ensure her family never struggles.

Regardless of her motives Rico Nasty’s passion for music is palpable. Her energy appears limitless and with her son as motivation, her career will be bright. With that, Rico’s sentiments echo that of another rap upstart: milo. Speaking with DJBooth in 2017, milo also positioned himself as a family-first rapper, telling us: “I have to make a living with this.”