Skip to main content

Rico Nasty on Being Herself: "You're Not A Wave, You're an Artist"

“I’m really trying to put myself in a box that I don’t go in.”

Expectations for women in hip-hop run the gamut and are mostly ridiculous. 

In a new interview with Vinyl Me, Please, Sugar Trap queen Rico Nasty detailed how imposing femininity into her music with her Tales of Tacobella project halted her growth as an artist.

“If I would have not just been so afraid to not be cute, that’s really what it was,” Rico said. “I knew I was gonna have a lot of people lookin’ at me and I didn’t want to be that ugly girl. So I conformed and I tried to be cute on purpose. And I tried to give them like this girly aesthetic, and no matter how hard I tried to do that, it felt like school all over again.

“I’m really trying to put myself in a box that I don’t go in; like, you don’t fit there, your voice don’t sound good like that. Like, you sound OK, but you don’t really sound good like that. So, I made ‘Poppin,’ and it was like me literally reminding myself like, ‘Get the fuck up out this, like, you’re not a wave, you’re an artist. You can literally make this shit. You actin’ like you don’t know how to switch flows and switch aesthetics like bitches change they panties.’”

Scroll to Continue

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Best-of-the-Week-Header--11-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Press play on new tunes from Wizkid, G Herbo, Ayra Starr, Kaash Paige, and Ayoni.

Header--21-

yvngxchris Went From Recording on Earbuds to Viral Star

Rapper yvngxchris started off making songs on iPhone earbuds. Now, he's signed and constantly going viral.

5-Albums-Header--9-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

EST Gee, Nasty C, Idahams, Mura Masa, and KA$HDAMI all released new albums this week that you need to hear.

To call Rico Nasty multifaceted would be an understatement. A shape-shifting artist unlike any other, Rico’s proper debut, Nasty, released earlier this year on Atlantic Records, touched on all manner of thrashing punk, trap, and sugar-sweet anthems about being iced out from head to toe. Where on Tales of Tacobella, as Rico herself points out, she was trying desperately to produce one uniform sound, the listlessness of Nasty was its eventual cohesion. Rico Nasty’s evident comfort and confidence gave the project its soul.

The lesson here, of course, is that to be a woman in rap is to actively buck expectations. Rico Nasty and conformity simply do not belong in the same sentence. That resistance is the heart of her artistry. The boxes the industry hopes to place women in are toxic and are breakable. No mold is strong enough to hold Rico Nasty, and now that she knows this in earnest, the world is hers for the taking—bitch. 

For more sponsored hip-hop video content like this, subscribe to the ADM YouTube channel here

Related

5-Albums-Header--9-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

EST Gee, Nasty C, Idahams, Mura Masa, and KA$HDAMI all released new albums this week that you need to hear.

Header--20-

Van Buren Want to Turn Brockton From Slept-On to Powerhouse

Rap collective Van Buren carry their city with them wherever they go. They break down how they're giving back to Brockton in a new interview with Audiomack.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--10-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Selections include EST Gee, Asake, Greentea Peng, Midwxst, and Prince Swanny.

5-Albums-Header--1-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Get familiar with the latest works from Asake, NAV, Ari Lennox, TiaCorine, and Van Buren.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--9-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Yeat, Lil Baby, Govana, Kali Uchis, and KUR all released new songs worthy of your ears.

5-Albums-Header--8--1

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Queue up new albums from Pi'erre Bourne, Erigga, TROD, Sha Ek, and Preyé.