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Album Review: Nightmare Vacation by Rico Nasty

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Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly, or better known by her stage name, Rico Nasty, is a rapper and songwriter from Maryland. One thing that sets her apart from some of the other female rappers is her aggressive and raspy delivery. She first started releasing music in high school, but gained a good amount of attention with her 2018 mixtape, Nasty. Now, several mixtapes later, Rico Nasty drops her debut album, Nightmare Vacation.

The first track from the album is Candy. The beat has been featured on a few commercials so this should sound familiar to some people. To describe it, it's a light, string-like beat that is repeated throughout the track. As for the rapping, there's nothing new from Rico Nasty, however, she does bring the energy and let's you know we are in for something great on this album. On this track, even though some people may call her crazy, she knows that she has money and she is going to flaunt it.

Don't Like Me is a fun track that features Gucci Mane and Don Toliver. This track also takes advantage of the high-pitched beat. As for the features, Don Toliver has been growing on me for some time so I was excited to hear him on this track. Gucci Mane is, well, he's Gucci Mane. You get exactly what you signed up for with him. Just like a lot of the tracks these guys have made, there's a lot of innuendos that are slipped in, especially during the chorus.

Check Me Out is the shortest track on the album, just clocking in under two minutes in length. I'm kind of glad it's short since the beat is a bit underwhelming with the simplistic piano beat. Rico Nasty definitely gives off more of an aggressive vibe on this track though. While she does use this style on later tracks, the use of her aggressive rapping doesn't really sit well with me on this track. Rico Nasty continues to flaunt her wealth and wants others to acknowledge her fame.

IPHONE starts off much quieter than what we've experienced so far. After the quiet opening, it changes a lot with the heavy electronic notes and heavily auto tuned vocals. While some artists have used a good amount of autotuned vocals (such as BROCKHAMPTON or Tyler, the Creator), this is another track that just doesn't really sit right with me. It is a very energetic track that is sure to get people hyped up, but it just seems like it would work better as an EDM track.

STFU opens up with a quiet beat, that is somewhat reminiscent of an 8-bit video game track. After that cuts out, you get your regular trap-styled drum kits and sound effects. With the aggressive vocals, especially during the chorus, I can't help but think about Injury Reserve's track, GTFU. As I've talked about earlier, Rico Nasty definitely has some tracks with her aggressive vocals. I feel like it works much better with this track.

Back & Forth is the first track over three minutes on the album. It also opens up with a flute like sample, which matches perfectly with the feature for this track, Aminé. The energy between the two artists are like polar opposites, but I guess that could match with the title of the track, Back & Forth, but I doubt it's intentional. The gentleness of her singing during the chorus fits perfectly, and I wish we could have experienced more of that during her verses.

Girl Scouts opens up with an eerie like guitar beat. Besides the eerieness, it's a decent track and I'm glad they added it to this album. Although, the comment about 'spitting it out' instead of 'swallowing' is a bit comical at times. Then of course she mentions the girl scouts on this track. Some of these comical moments make it harder to take her seriously, but I'm assuming this is just one of those fun tracks she added to the album.

If any track on this album is close to trap metal, Let It Out would be that track. You have the distorted guitar part and Rico Nasty's aggressive style on this track. Also the build up to the chorus just adds to the insanity, but pure talent from Rico Nasty. If you need a banger for a party or any event, this would definitely be the track to hype everyone up and get them excited. It seems like Rico Nasty wants to ignite some rage with what she talks about in the pre-chorus.

Loser features a sweet, and indie pop like guitar for the beat. It also features Trippie Redd, who I could care less about. Besides Trippie Redd, I really dig the beat and I'm surprised they were able to incorporate a beat like this on the album, but it is definitely a complete switch from the previous track. The chorus of the track could be referencing a line in Mean Girls. She basically tells the loser to get in since they are going shopping.

No Debate brings us back to the electronic and trap-like beats. You have a bass synth in the background carrying the track, as well as your trap styled drum beats. The chorus of the track just seems so smooth when Rico Nasty is rapping over it. She starts to talk about how her lifestyle isn't normal by any means, but she quickly adapted to her new lifestyle. Also, she continues to talk about how she doesn't need to prove her success or wealth to anyone.

Pussy Poppin opens up with some electronic arpeggios that seem to be overpowering the track most of the time. Also, Rico Nasty is rapping in her high-pitched voice which doesn't really mix that well on this track. She talks about how she doesn't talk like this, but I really wish she wouldn't since it doesn't sound great. Judging by the title of the track, I'm sure you could make some predictions about what this track is about.

After that we come to OHFR? which stands for, 'Oh for real?' You have this slide whistle that is used on the beat. I was a bit annoyed by that sound at first, but it's growing on my for some reason. She really lets her aggressive side out and it does seem like she is getting upset on some parts of the track. Again, Rico Nasty is flaunting her wealth on this track. She talks about how she's been able to do whatever she wants since she signed a deal.

10Fo has a smooth electronic beat. You have a sliding synth at the beginning, with some low bass kicks thrown in there. You also have Rico Nasty rapping with her rough and raspy voice which adds to the dark and smooth vibe of the track. The title of the track, 10Fo is supposed to stand for 10-4 which is a code law enforcement use. This could be a connection with what is currently going on in the world right now judging by the lyrics during the chorus.

Own It is another track that features a distorted bass that seems to have a repeating pattern of notes. This seems like another fun track for Rico Nasty since it's just a quick two minute track on the album, and it was also a promotional single. The chorus talks about pouring some champagne and then repeating the line, 'own it.' Also, since they're pouring the champagne, she's talking about a story of when she's in the club.

The last two tracks are Smack A B*tch and the remix of the track.. The remix is also the longest track on the album, which isn't saying much since it's just over three and a half minutes in length. This is another track on the album that could loosely be considered trap metal with her aggressive vocals and the dark beat behind it. The remix basically just features more artists and one less verse from Rico Nasty. Even the features on the track bring in the energy for Rico Nasty. They talk about how they are glad they don't have to smack someone today since no one messed with them.

Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Candy, STFU, Let It Out, Loser, Smack A B*tch & Remix
 
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