Maria-Cecilia Rico Nasty is a professional name for Simone Kelly (born May 7, 1997), an American rapper and vocalist from Maryland. With tracks like “Smack a Bitch” and “Poppin,” she soared to stardom in 2018.
Rico Nasty began self-releasing content in high school in 2014, and by late 2017, he had released five solo mixtapes. With SoundCloud hits like “iCarly” and “Hey Arnold,” she developed a small, underground audience. After getting more attention in 2018, she signed with Atlantic Records and released Nasty, her fifth mixtape (2018). Anger Management (2019), a collaboration mixtape with longtime collaborator Kenny Beats, followed. Nightmare Vacation, Rico Nasty’s debut studio album, was released in December 2020. Rx, Rico’s sixth mixtape, is set to drop soon.
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Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly is the sole child of a Puerto Rican mother and an African-American father, both of whom are rappers, and who exposed her to rap music when she was a toddler. She grew up in places including Prince George’s County, Maryland, New York, Virginia,, and Washington, D.C. Her mother transferred her to Palmer Park, Maryland when she was 11 years old, and she enrolled in a Baltimore boarding school for the sixth grade. At the age of 14, she was dismissed for consuming marijuana. Her singing career began when she switched to Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince George’s County. Her father was sentenced to prison the next year, and her parents separated.
Rico Nasty gave birth to her son, Cameron, when she was 18 years old and in her last year of high school. As her music gained traction, she left her work as a hospital receptionist and began purchasing studio equipment with the help of her manager, Malik Foxx. Foxx is “the only father figure Cameron has ever known,” according to Rico Nasty of The Fader.
Rico Nasty went to a boarding school in Baltimore when she was in the seventh grade, but after three years, she was expelled for consuming marijuana at the age of fourteen. She moved on to Charles Herbert Flowers High School, where she began her musical career.
Rico began rapping in high school, and her debut mixtape, Summer’s Eve (2014), was published when she was 10 years old at Charles Herbert Flowers High School. She began focusing on her music career after graduating from high school and released two mixtapes in 2016: The Rico Story and Sugar Trap. Rico Nasty rose to notoriety in 2016 with her track “iCarly,” which racked up over 500 thousand views on YouTube in a matter of months. She also dropped the tune “Hey Arnold,” which was subsequently remixed by Lil Yachty of Atlanta. The two would reunite in 2017 for the single “Mamacita,” which was released as part of the soundtrack for The Fate of the Furious: The Album.
Rico Nasty’s fourth mixtape, Tales of Tacobella, was published in May 2017 and is her earliest publicly accessible release as of September 2020. NME’s Kyann-Sian Williams called the mixtape “otherworldly and synth-heavy,” and said it demonstrated Rico’s singing ability. Rico launched her single “Poppin” in June 2017, and it soon surpassed five million views on YouTube. The song was also included on HBO’s Insecure television series. Rico’s fifth mixtape, Sugar Trap 2, was released in October 2017 and featured Famous Dex. The mixtape was named one of the Best Rap Albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone critics. In late 2017, Rico began on the Sugar Trap Tour.
The tracks “Smack A Bitch,” “Poppin,” and “Key Lime OG” rose to fame in early 2018, with all three surpassing 10 million YouTube views. After being included in different memes, the first two songs garnered significant traction on the video-sharing platform TikTok. “Smack A Bitch” was also voted second on The Fader’s “100 Best Songs of 2018” list. Rico Nasty’s rise to fame helped her land a deal with Atlantic Records, where she signed and released her sixth mixtape and major-label debut, Nasty, in June 2018. The mixtape garnered generally positive reviews, landing on reviewers’ lists in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Noisey, Fact, and Spin.
The songs “Bitch I’m Nasty,” “Countin’ Up,” and “Rage” from the mixtape were also included in Paper, Highsnobiety, and Pitchfork’s lists of the greatest songs of 2018. Rico Nasty kicked up her headlining The Nasty Tour in late July to promote the mixtape, performing at twenty-seven different venues across North America over the course of six weeks, before wrapping off the tour in early September. Rico Nasty released non-album singles and music videos for “Guap (LaLaLa)” and “Roof” in December 2019 and January 2019, respectively.
In early 2019, she released several more non-album singles, including “Sandy,” “Party Goin Dumb,” “Big Dick Energy,” “Hit That,” “Wanna Do,” and “Hit That.” Rico Nasty and producer Kenny Beats backed singer Khalid on the first night of the Free Spirit World Tour in April 2019. Rico Nasty was featured on the cover of The Fader’s Summer 2018 issue and was the subject of the publication’s documentary Countin’ Up.
Rico and producer Kenny Beats collaborated on the mixtape Anger Management, which was released as a surprise in April 2019. Complex, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Noisey, Billboard, NME, and Crack all praised the mixtape, and it made critics’ lists in multiple magazines. Rico Nasty’s most financially and critically successful release to date is Anger Management. Rico Nasty made her debut appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2019.
Rico started on her “Live in Europe” tour to promote the album, which began in late May and ended in mid-July. In June of this year, XXL recognised Rico Nasty as a member of their 2019 XXL Freshman Class. In September 2019, she performed during New York Fashion Week and released the tune “Fashion Week.” Rico Nasty was also a headliner at Rolling Loud in New York in October of this year.
Rico Nasty contributed the original song “My Little Alien” to the Scoob! the soundtrack in May 2020. Her single “Smack a Bitch” (2017) was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 2020, after selling over 500,000 copies in the US. Rico Nasty also released the tune “Dirty” in June 2020 as part of the original soundtrack for HBO’s Insecure television series. Rico Nasty and Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis collaborated on the song “Aqu Yo Mando” on August 7, 2020, which served as the lead single off Uchis’ second studio album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) (2020).
Rico Nasty released the track “iPhone” as the lead single off her debut studio album, Nightmare Vacation, on August 13, 2020. On the same day, she stated that she will be working on a new beauty collection with Il Makiage, a Japanese cosmetics company. In September 2020, Rico Nasty was featured on the front cover of the British music magazine NME. On September 17, Rico Nasty released “Own It” as the second single from Nightmare Vacation. She became an ambassador for Rihanna’s lingerie line Savage X Fenty in October 2020 and appeared in the Savage X Fenty Show: Vol 2 as a cameo.
Rico Nasty, along with children’s TV mascot Hip Hop Harry and Atlantic Records, launched a social media campaign a few days later to encourage people to vote in the 2020 US presidential election. As the third single from Nightmare Vacation, she released “Don’t Like Me,” a collaboration with rappers Don Toliver and Gucci Mane. “OHFR?” was released as the album’s fourth single in November 2020, with Rico Nasty revealing the album’s release date and cover on the same day. In November 2020, she also published a video trailer for the album. Before the album’s formal release on December 4, Rico Nasty published the tracklist on December 1.
The release of Nightmare Vacation was timed to coincide with the release of “STFU,” the album’s fifth single. Rico Nasty made her broadcast debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2021, performing “OHFR?” Rico Nasty revealed teaser graphics made by Karli Fetz on her social media outlets on May 29, 2021, announcing her impending seventh mixtape, Rx.
Rico Nasty and Little Bacon Bear got down with GRAMMY U on June 17, 2021, for a casual, interview-style discussion. Rico revealed further details about the upcoming mixtape, including the fact that it will feature Flo Milli and G Herbo and will cover seven tracks. It will also feature Dylan Brady of 100 Gets as a co-producer. Playboi Carti’s King Vamp Tour included Rico Nasty as the opening act in late 2021. Rico Nasty was booed or had objects hurled at her while on stage in various cities throughout the tour. She said on Twitter that she had to weep for at least two hours a day and that she wept herself to sleep every night on the tour bus. She also said she wished she was dead in another tweet.
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- The Sugar Trap Tour (2017)
- The Nasty Tour (2018)
- Live in Europe (2019)
- Free Spirit World Tour (with Khalid and Kenny Beats) (2019)
- Narcissist Tour (with Playboi Carti) (2021)
Rico Nasty Net Worth
Rico Nasty’s net worth is predicted to be $2 million as of June 2023. Nasty’s net worth is derived from her work as a rapper. She also makes money through concerts, record sales, and live appearances. Nasty also generates money via promoting brands, sponsoring events, and endorsing products.
Rico Nasty earns over $100,000 a year through YouTube, where he has over 595,000 subscribers and 153 million video views. Nasty also receives royalties from other music streaming services such as Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Music, among others.
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