Over half a decade, many mixtapes, and one studio album into the sport, Rico Nasty remains to be eager on reinvention. From the jovial, sing-songy rap of early SoundCloud singles like “Hey Arnold” to the explosive hardcore of Anger Administration and the Dylan Brady-assisted ventures into hyperpop on Nightmare Trip, the 25-year-old rapper by no means stays in a single lane for lengthy. On her newest mixtape, Las Ruinas, she channels drum’n’bass with Marshmello (“Watch Your Man”), remixes Fred Once more.., and tries out emo-rap (“Into the Darkish”). On the standout “Gotsta Get Paid”—whose title appears to name again to DJ DMD’s 1998 hit single “25 Lighters”—she’s yowling over trip-hop.
Co-produced by 100 gecs, “Gotsta Get Paid” is Rico at her most vicious. “I ain’t with the dickriding, reasonably eat a pig’s liver,” she raps over an eerie instrumental that might soundtrack a sci-fi horror. The enjoyable begins when the loungey, relaxed Rico makes method for a frenzied one: Choosing up the tempo, she raves about her workload and tasks as a mom, tossing in a couple of boasts: “Backpack filled with fuel, I feeling like that bitch Dora/And I bought niggas on my web page simply begging to present me oral.” Her persistence is skinny, her expertise is broad, and he or she needs everybody to know she will be getting her bag.