Rico Nasty

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Rico Nasty
Rico Nasty in 2019
Rico Nasty in 2019
Background information
Birth nameMaria-Cecilia Simone Kelly
Born (1997-05-07) May 7, 1997 (age 23)[1]
Washington D.C., U.S.[2]
OriginPalmer Park, Maryland, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly (born May 7, 1997), known professionally as Rico Nasty, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. Kelly began her music career at the end of high school with the release of her first mixtape Summer's Eve, and later followed by 2016 mixtapes, The Rico Story and Sugar Trap.

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

Early life[edit]

Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly was born an only child in Washington D.C., to a Puerto Rican mother and an African American father, who was a rapper who exposed her to rap music at a very young age[2][7][8] She was raised in Prince George's County, Maryland & 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.[2]


Kelly started rapping 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.[10]

In June 2017, Kelly released her single "Poppin'" which quickly garnered over 7 million views on YouTube. The single was also featured on the HBO television series Insecure.[11] 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.[13]

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

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

In April 2019, Rico and producer Kenny Beats released a mixtape called "Anger Management",[14] which received positive reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.[15][16]

In June 2020, Rico Nasty’s single Smack a Bitch was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 units in the United States.[17]

On August 7, 2020, Rico Nasty appeared alongside Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis on the song, "Aquí Yo Mando", taken from Uchis' upcoming second studio album.[18]

Personal life[edit]

At age 18, Kelly gave birth to her first and only child, a son named Cameron.[9] The child's father, Brandon, died of an asthma attack.[19] She pays homage to him on the song, "Brandon".[2]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Title Album details
Nightmare Vacation[20]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Rico Story
  • Released: July 2, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Format: streaming


Title Details
Summer's Eve
  • Released: May 1, 2014
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Format: Streaming
Sugar Trap
  • Released: August 19, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Format: streaming
Tales of Tacobella
Sugar Trap 2
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
  • Released: June 15, 2018
  • Label: Sugar Trap, Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Anger Management
(with Kenny Beats)
  • Released: April 25, 2019
  • Label: Sugar Trap
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Certifications Album(s)
(with Niles)
2014 Summer's Eve
(with Willz)
"Chickens" 2015
"iCarly" 2016 The Rico Story
"Hey Arnold (Remix)"
(with Lil Yachty)
Sugar Trap
"Choppa In The Trunk"
(with Tino Loud, Chelly The MC and WillThaRapper)
"Block List" 2017 Tales of Tacobella
"Watch Me"
"Poppin" Sugar Trap 2
"Key Lime OG"
"Smack a Bitch" 2018 Non-album singles
"Party Goin Dumb"
"Hit That"
"Big Dick Energy"
"Wanna Do"
"Guap (LaLaLa)"
"Trust Issues" Nasty
"Ice Cream"
"Countin' Up"
"Big Titties”
(with Kenny Beats featuring Baauer and EarthGang)
2019 Anger Management
"Roof" TBA
"Time Flies"
"Fashion Week"
"IDGAF” 2020
"Aquí Yo Mando"
(with Kali Uchis)
"iPhone" To be released

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album(s)
"Cash Hoe"
(Baby Ahk featuring Rico Nasty)
2016 Play
"Touch Me"
(Maya Milan featuring Rico Nasty)
11:11 Reloaded
"With Me"
(3ohblack featuring Rico Nasty)
2017 Leggin or Nah 4
(Chubby Chuck featuring Rico Nasty)
Never Forget
"Suite Life"
(DJ ClockWork featuring Rico Nasty, Kairose and Deshon Taylor)
2018 Backroom
(Big Mechoo featuring Fat Trel and Rico Nasty)
They Callin' Me Mechoo
"Up Front"
(Niqo featuring Rico Nasty)
If I Could
"No Reason"
(Yunggt3z featuring Big Tee and Rico Nasty)
Non-album singles
(Barz da Lyricist featuring Rico Nasty)
(Dana featuring Rico Nasty)
"Excuse Me"
(Swisha C featuring Rico Nasty)
(GainesFM featuring Rico Nasty)
Death of Fame
"Tia Tamera"
(Doja Cat featuring Rico Nasty)
2019 Amala
"Love Is Like A Moshpit"
(Duckwrth featuring Rico Nasty and Medasin)
The Falling Man
(10k.Caash featuring Rico Nasty)
The Creator

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Taxes" 2016 Bali Baby[A] Brazy Bali
"Whatcha Say"
"Bestfriend" 2017 Dame Life of Dame 2
"Rick and Morty" 2018 LIL PHAG, Dr. Woke God Hates Lil Phag
"Jawbreaker"[22] 2019 Injury Reserve, Pro Teens Injury Reserve
"Clowns" Aja BOX Office
"Butt Naked"[23] ASAP Ferg Floor Seats
"FMU"[24] Brooke Candy Sexorcism
"Lighthouse"[25] Take A Daytrip, Slowthai, IceColdBishop TBA
"Girl Crush"[26] 2020 Boys Noize
"Ringtone (Remix)"[27] 100 Gecs, Charli XCX, Kero Kero Bonito 1000 Gecs & The Tree of Clues
"Ankles"[28] Jessie Reyez, Melii Before Love Came to Kill Us (Deluxe)
"495" IDK, YungManny, Big Flock, Big Jam, Weensey IDK & Friends 2
"My Little Alien" None SCOOB! The Album
"Dirty" Raedio Insecure: Music
"Girls" KYLE See You When I Am Famous


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2019 "Old Town Road"[29] Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
"Tia Tamera" Doja Cat & Rico Nasty
"Hot Girl Summer"[30] Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign
"Bottom Bitch" Doja Cat

Concert tours[edit]


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



  1. ^ "Taxes" has also one bonus featured artist which is Hoodrich Pablo Juan.


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