(AllHipHop Features) In part two of my conversation with Maria “Rico Nasty” Kelly, the promising rap neophyte divulged details about Sugar Trap 2. The forthcoming sequel to last year’s introductory project to Rico’s “sweet savagery” sound is setup to be the next phase in her elevation as the “First Lady of the DMV.”
Before the 20-year-old Marylander provided exclusive info about her next mixtape, the Tales of Tacobella creator discussed working with Atlanta rhymer Lil Yachty as well as the widening musical chasm between Generation X and Millennials. She also revealed the greatest accomplishment of her career so far.
AllHipHop: You were on The Fate of the Furious soundtrack with Lil Yachty.
Rico Nasty: That was also spur of the moment. I went to the studio and my boyfriend was like, “You got this song to do with Yachty.” I didn’t know what it was for. He just told me not to curse on it. I was like, “That’s obvious. It will probably go on the radio.”
But then the tracklist for Fate of the Furious came out. I was like, “What the f-ck? This is crazy.” I kind of knew before it came out, but I wasn’t quite sure. I didn’t know if I was on the song alone. I didn’t know what they were doing with it. I saw it on Twitter and texted [Yachty] like, “Bruh, we’re on Fast & Furious.” He was happy.
AllHipHop: You and Yachty have done a couple of tracks together. He did a remix to one of your songs.
Rico Nasty: Yeah, “Hey Arnold,” and then “Mamacita.” That’s it. We’ve been in the studio. I was nervous as sh-t recording in front of him. He’s very smart with how he places sh-t and how he does sh-t. It looks like it comes so easy to him.
That was my first time in the studio with him. I’ve hung out with him but never in the studio. I was nervous as sh-t, but it was still lit though. We still talk til this day. He’s a great person. Exactly how he is to everyone else, that’s how he is in real life. He’s nice, happy, positive, and smart as sh-t. He’s f-cking awesome.
AllHipHop: I live in Atlanta so I kind of have a better understanding of Yachty. But he gets a bad rap from some of the older Hip Hop heads...
Rico Nasty: Don’t we all? [laughs]
AllHipHop: Well, yeah. [laughs] How do you feel about this generational gap that’s happening in the culture right now?
Rico Nasty: The old n-ggas just want us to bring real rap back. [laughs] They’re sick of this sh-t. But back in the day, music was like all people had. In the 90s, yeah they had TVs and computers. But did they have social media? Did they really have new rappers popping up every day online, blowing up overnight? No.
I don’t know what they expect from us. We don’t expect this sh-t. Nobody is sitting around like, “Yeah, I’m going to blow up.” The sh-t just happens. People are just out here judging somebody’s art. It’s like going to a gallery, walking around, and saying, “This is ugly.” Just because you don’t understand it.
It’s childish. You’re old as sh-t, but you’re sounding young as f-ck. You sound like a little baby that’s mad because you don’t get what we’re talking about. The young kids - we speak our own language. And they’re just not aware. They didn’t live through what we live through.
Everything was so fresh to them, and now we’re almost at the point where it’s like, “What else can we do?” Because everything has been done. Somebody’s always like, “You’re copying” or “You’re influenced by.” It’s not even that deep. Get the f-ck out of here. [laughs] It’s not that serious. Nobody is worried about you or your 90s album. We’re gonna play you at the parties though.
AllHipHop: I heard your dad was a rapper.
Rico Nasty: My dad was a rapper.
AllHipHop: Having somebody around you that’s familiar with the business, did that affect you as an artist?
Rico Nasty: My dad didn’t really share any of his cheat codes with me until he knew I was serious. When I started having label meetings, that’s when he was like, “Okay, let’s see how far this can go.” He’s 100% on board. He does give his input on the music. Some sh-t he don’t like, because of what I say. The old people don’t get it. And some sh-t he does like. He says, “This is so different.”
That’s usually what I go for. I don’t really go for, “I’m gonna mumble rap on this song. I'm gonna super rap on this song.” I’m just like, “Does this sound fun?” It’s just: Am I going to be able to hear this and not dance? That’s what it’s about. Am I gonna be able to hear this and stand still? That’s how I determine my music.
AllHipHop: You’re coming up in an era where we’re kind of coming out of this hole in female Hip Hop. Nicki’s been out here killing it for eight years…
Rico Nasty: Ten years, bro. For a decade.
AllHipHop: Now we’re seeing more female Hip Hop artists starting to get attention. What are your thoughts about where the culture is now as it relates to female rappers?
Rico Nasty: I feel like if you’re meant for this sh-t, then you’re meant for it. Being a female rapper right now is like getting dreads back when Wale and Waka Flocka were out. [laughs] Everybody’s doing it. Everyone’s trying it. It’s like crack in the 80s. Everyone wants to know what it’s like. [laughs]
The best of the best will make it. Nicki has already made it. She’s a big inspiration to a lot of females. She’s not really my top inspiration per se, but if you’re going to sit here and say she didn’t influence this sh-t then you’re f-cking stupid. She was the only person we had. She was monopolizing the rap game.
As an up-and-coming female, the big thing right now is remaining humble. You can really think you’re big sh-t and the next day you can get put in your place. So be humble, work hard, stack up, and be thankful. Because not a lot of b-tches get to see that sh-t.
At the beginning of last year, I was not doing anything. I had a baby and I was working a job that I hated. And look now. Look at this. It’s f-cking crazy. I get why everyone wants to do it. I get why it’s a trend now. But y’all gonna see in like two years, maybe in a year, some of these b-tches ain’t gonna be doing anything but sucking d-ck and hosting clubs.
AllHipHop: You talked about your rise on “Wanna Know.” What would you say has been the best thing or the most memorable thing about your music career so far?
Rico Nasty: I think the most memorable thing about my career was stuff was picking up around my son’s first birthday, and I was able to go all out. I was able to be that mom and do everything for him.
I had the whole party set up like a Winter Wonderland. I bought him a car. He had a cake with his face on it. Everybody came out. We took pictures. I put something together for him and I was able to afford it. When I had my son, I was broke as sh-t. I did not know what the f-ck I was gonna do.
When I started getting shows, I was making like $700 for a show. So I was happy about that $700. I was happy I could take that $700 for a 15-minute set and go get my child everything he wanted. That’s what matters to me. That’s been the best accomplishment I’ve made thus far - just continuing to be the best mom to him. That’s what this sh-t is about.
AllHipHop: I was first introduced to you through Jay IDK. He put me on to your music.
Rico Nasty: That’s my n-gga!
AllHipHop: I think the first song I heard with you was the one with you and WillThaRapper. It made me think about what’s happening in that region right now as far as Hip Hop. You seem to be on pace to be the first female rapper to really break out from [the DMV]. Are you ready to have that title on your back?
Rico Nasty: You asking me that question got me hella emotional because I’m by myself and looking at myself. I’m like, “Damn, bro. The face of the DMV? The first female face?” That’s an honor. People out here, they don’t go for bullsh-t. You gotta be real to make it out or good at what you do.
Damn, bro. I don’t even know. That sh-t is crazy. I love that. I love where I’m from. I love everybody - DC, Maryland, Virginia, Baltimore. I’ve lived all around the DMV. Everything that I’m influenced by will be on Sugar Trap 2.
We got the club mixes. We got remixes of my songs that I did myself, punching on the keyboard myself, staying in the studio for 32 hours straight. I’ve been working hard as f-ck. So if they are willing to give me that title… f-ck yeah! I’m gonna carry the DMV on my back with pride.
AllHipHop: When can we expect Sugar Trap 2?
Rico Nasty: Sugar Trap 2 is 98% done. We got a feature from Q Da Fool. I’m famous for only doing one feature on the tape, so he is the only feature that will be on Sugar Trap 2.
We got more of a “Poppin” sound and how I sounded when I first started rapping. The fans heard Tales of Tacobella, and it was good, but they wanted me to rap more. Even on the hooks. I get it. Tales of Tacobella was about my life and what I went through to get here. Sugar Trap is like “I’m that b-tch.” That’s the soundtrack. It’s “I’m that b-tch” music.
It’s more of a project than I’ve ever created before. So I hope with Sugar Trap 2 I can continue to evolve. That’s what they always expect, so that’s what I'm doing on this tape. It’s completely different from anything I’ve ever done. I’m excited for you guys to hear it.