Rico Nasty

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Rico Nasty
Birth nameMaria-Cecilia Simone Kelly
Born (1997-05-07) May 7, 1997 (age 22)
New York City, U.S.
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly (born May 7, 1997), known professionally as Rico Nasty, is an American rapper and record producer. Originating her career from Maryland, Kelly was exposed to rap music at a very young age. Kelly released two mixtapes in 2016:The Rico Story and Sugar Trap. Both tapes gained her notable attention from the media and the general public.

In June 2018, Kelly signed to Atlantic Records after releasing her sixth mixtape, Nasty.[5]

Early life[edit]

Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly[6] was born an only child on May 7, 1997[7] in New York City, to a Puerto Rican mother and an African American father.[8] Kelly was raised in Prince George's County, Maryland and was exposed to rap music at a very young age. Her father was also a rapper, she quickly picked up the same nuances of rapping from him. She grew up listening to artists like Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Nas, and Jill Scott.

At age eleven, she and her mother moved to the Palmer Park area of Maryland. When she was in the sixth grade, Kelly's parents enrolled her in a Baltimore boarding school. That same year, her parents divorced.[9] Kelly was expelled from the boarding school after she and another student were caught with marijuana. She then attended public school and began making music.[10]


Kelly started rapping while still in high school, and released her first mixtape, Summer's Eve, when she was in eleventh grade. After graduating from high school, she started focusing on her music career and released two mixtapes in 2016: The Rico Story and Sugar Trap. Both tapes gained her notable attention from the media and the general public. Kelly also released the single "Hey Arnold," which was later remixed featuring Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty.[11]

In June 2017, Kelly released her single "Poppin'" which quickly garnered over 5 million views on YouTube. The single was also featured on the HBO hit show Insecure. Kelly's 5th mixtape Sugar Trap 2 featured the single as well as Kelly’s other popular single "Key Lime OG". Rolling Stone listed Sugar Trap 2 as one of 2017's best Rap Albums.[12]

In June 2018, Kelly signed to Atlantic Records and released her fourth mixtape, Nasty.[5]

In December 2018, the rapper released a track titled “Guap (LaLaLa)" and in January 2019 she released “Roof“.

In February 2019, Rico’s single "Sandy" as well as the documentary "Countin' Up" were released.[1]

In April 2019, Rico and producer Kenny Beats released a mixtape called "Anger Management"[13]

Personal life[edit]

At age 18, Kelly gave birth to her first child, a son named Cameron.[14] The child's father, Brandon, died of an asthma attack.[15] She pays homage to him on the song, "Brandon".[10]



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Title Album details
Summer's Eve
  • Released: May 1, 2014
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: Digital download
The Rico Story
  • Released: June 2, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: Digital download
Sugar Trap
  • Released: August 19, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: Digital download
Tales of Tacobella
  • Released: May 19, 2017
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Sugar Trap 2
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: June 15, 2018
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Anger Management (with Kenny Beats)
  • Released: April 25, 2019
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Formats: CD, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
(with Niles)
2014 Summer's Eve
(with Willz)
"Chickens" 2015
"iCarly" 2016 The Rico Story
"Hey Arnold" Sugar Trap
"Choppa In The Trunk"
(with Tino Loud, Chelly The MC, WillThaRapper)
"Block List" 2017 Tales of Tacobella
"Watch Me"
"Poppin" Sugar Trap 2
"Key Lime OG"
"Trust Issues" 2018 Nasty
"Ice Cream"
"Countin' Up"
"Big Titties”
(with Kenny Beats featuring Baauer and EarthGang)
2019 Anger Management

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Cash Hoe"
(Baby Ahk featuring Rico Nasty)
2016 Play
"Touch Me"
(Maya Milan featuring Rico Nasty)
11:11 Reloaded
(Bali Baby featuring Rico Nasty & Hoodrich Pablo Juan)
Brazy Bali
"Whatcha Say"
(Bali Baby featuring Rico Nasty)
"With Me"
(3ohblack featuring Rico Nasty)
2017 Leggin or Nah 4
(Dame featuring Rico Nasty)
Life of Dame 2
(Chubby Chuck featuring Rico Nasty)
Never Forget
"Suite Life"
(DJ ClockWork featuring Rico Nasty, Kairose, Deshon Taylor)
2018 Backroom
(Big Mechoo featuring Fat Trel, Rico Nasty)
They Callin' Me Mechoo
"Up Front"
(Niqo featuring Rico Nasty)
If I Could
"No Reason"
(Yunggt3z featuring Big Tee, Rico Nasty)
Non-album singles
(Barz da Lyricist featuring Rico Nasty)
(lil aaron featuring Rico Nasty)
"Rick and Morty"
(LIL PHAG featuring Rico Nasty and Dr. Woke)
God Hates Lil Phag
(Dana featuring Rico Nasty)
Non-album singles
"Excuse Me"
(Swisha C featuring Rico Nasty)
(GainesFM featuring Rico Nasty)
Death of Fame
(Injury Reserve featuring Rico Nasty and Pro Teens)
2019 Injury Reserve
(Aja featuring Rico Nasty)
BOX Office
"Tia Tamera"
(Doja Cat featuring Rico Nasty)
"Love Is Like A Moshpit"
(Duckwrth featuring Rico Nasty and Medasin)
The Falling Man
(10k.Caash featuring Rico Nasty)
The Creator

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Hey Arnold (Remix)"
(with Lil Yachty)
2016 Non-album singles
"Smack a Bitch" 2018
"Party Goin Dumb"
"Hit That"
"Big Dick Energy"
"Wanna Do"
"Guap (LaLaLa)"
"Roof" 2019


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2019 "Old Town Road" Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus

Concert tours[edit]


  • The Sugar Trap Tour (2017)
  • The Nasty Tour (2018)



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