Watch Rico Nasty’s Full Pitchfork Music Festival Set! And Peep Some Photos We Took!
“… Following was Rico Nasty, who essentially incited the first mosh pit of the weekend before she even stepped on stage. DJ Miles opened her set with Chief Keef’s “Don’t Like,” a Chicago classic that sent the crowd into mania. Two attendees missed Rico’s performance altogether after paramedics dragged them off in stretchers amid the 108-degree heat index. This kind of set on this kind of day could only be possible at the shady Blue Stage, and we have to thank the staff at Pitchfork for thinking that one through.
Rico’s defiant, zany style made her a standout among this year’s XXL Freshman Class. In the magazine’s take on Jimmy Kimmel’s “mean tweets” segment, she read the comment, “this girl scares me.” Adorned in dozens of colorful, childlike hair clips juxtaposed with jagged black paint framing her eyes, Rico retorted, “I feel like that’s the point.”
Jarring electric guitar on “Smack A Bitch” showed off her hardcore punk side, and the whimsical beat on “Poppin” epitomized her self coined “sugar trap” sound. From track to track, her vocals remain consistent with abrasive and unflinching delivery. Her most recent collaboration with producer Kenny Beats, Anger Management, has received critical acclaim for challenging stereotypes and proudly owning the label of “angry black woman.” Rico shamelessly expresses her full range of emotions, and we love her even more for it…”