Sugar trap queen Rico Nasty came to Brooklyn for her first headline tour since 2019, and the legion of hardcore, mosh-pit-loving fans shook the floors of the Williamsburg Music Hall on Wednesday night.
With his unique style and voice, witchy mix of carefree punk and new-age grunge, thumping trapping and Gen-Z hyperpop, Rico has amassed a devoted fan base of young fans who have been patiently waiting for him to continue through the epidemic. .type. At Wednesday’s concert, he gave a sold-out crowd a great rendition of his 2020 studio album “Nightmare Vacation”, 2022 mixtape “Las Ruinas” and classics from his past albums such as “Sugar Trap 2” and “Nasty”.
“Rico! Rich! Rich!” The 25-year-old rapper resounded with an audience of 650 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg before taking the stage. A short DJ set excited the younger crowd as they sang word-for-word to viral hits from Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, Ice Spice, Drake and more. .
The concert crowd exploded when Rico finally took the stage and sang “OHFR” and “Trust Questions”, two head-nodding songs that were just appetizers of what’s coming soon. She twitches, jumps, and twerks on stage in a pink mini dress with striped, black-and-white platform boots and matching black-and-white pockets like the Beetlejuice Princess Peach. A fluffy pink bunny hat with two floppy ears hung for his beloved life as he bounced around the stage. Standing on either side of Rico were two giant inflatable toys: a sunflower and a pumpkin, both with spooky, skeletal grins and laughing gum piercings like Rico himself.
Many of the enraged fans were similarly dressed, with lots of colorful hair, fishnets, and leather in the crowd. However, on three separate occasions, people may have been partying too much as Rico had to stop the music to call security to help guests in need. He even helped throw water bottles out for overheated fans and told concert workers to get extra water from the locker room.
Despite minor setbacks throughout the night, Rico continued to put on an impressively high-energy performance. Halfway through, he pulled up a stool to sit and slow things down with Injury Reserve’s soft verse about “Jawbreaker” and “Phuckin Lady” from “Las Ruinas.” After a brief hiatus when an assistant carefully reapplied her make-up on stage, Rico cemented things up with her angry, debut single “Smack a Bitch” and the appropriately titled track “Rage.” The crowd turned into a living wave, flashing lights crashing into each other as pink and green lights hit everyone. After the chaos was over, Rico finished on a calmer note and sang his own line from “We Made It” by Bktherula. The night ended with legions of fans chanting “You hate it but I wish you were in our place”.
Since debuting on the rap scene with his first big album “Tales of Tacobella” in 2017, Rico has grown to 1.9 million followers on Instagram and 2.1 million on TikTok. With nearly half a million videos featuring her song “Smack a Bitch” and 160,000 videos featuring her collaborative “Tia Tamera” with female rapper friend Doja Cat, her infectiously catchy hooks have made her a TikTok favorite. produced by Kenny Beats, Megan Thee Stallion, Kali Uchis, Denzel Curry and hyperpop duo 100 Gecs.
After a busy week for the hip-hop industry, from headlines denouncing the use of “AI Drake” in a fake song, to Frank Ocean leaving Coachella’s second weekend after a disappointing set, Rico’s performance is uniquely uplifting. There are things. The “Candy Trap” brand is completely his own and unique. She juxtaposes her upbeat, bubbly lyrics with the occasional screaming vocals and trap beats; Sugar and spice, sweet and sour, like a prickly rose or acid gum. Rico has created his own chapter in the rap game and is the master chef of the secret sugar trap recipe so far.