By: Loreal Curtis
Rico Nasty’s Monster Energy Outbreak Tour sold out in Houston, and the audience was buzzing with excitement before the show even began. Omeretta the Great kicked off the night with a high-energy performance that proved she’s more than just a pretty face. Her flow was impeccable, and she even performed her popular song Sorry Not Sorry, which proved her credentials as a rapper from Atlanta.
As Rico Nasty took the stage, it was clear that she cares deeply about her fans. She talked to the audience as if they were old friends and signed autographs for fans who brought shoes, posters, and even a wig. Her fans showed up in force, bringing her gifts and expressing their gratitude for the artist who has inspired them over the years.
Rico Nasty’s music is an inspiration to alternative black girls everywhere and her style is as unique as her sound. The crowd was dressed in the coolest punk outfits, showcasing their individuality and their appreciation for Rico Nasty’s authentic style packing out the House of Blues. She draws inspiration from artists like Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, and Avril Lavigne, as well as her hometown in the DMV. Her androgynous fashion choices and fearless approach to societal pressure make her an empowering figure for fans who don’t want to fit into the mainstream narrative.
During the show, Rico Nasty performed hits like Tia Tamera that she collaborated with Doja Cat, OHFR? and Smack a Bitch, and the crowd sang along to every word. She even brought out Teezo Touchdown to perform with her. The entire set list was a testament to her versatility as an artist. Rico made it clear that her music is inclusive and made for everyone, regardless of their style. I first discovered Rico when she was in the 2019 XXL Freshman Class with other well known artists such as Tierra Whack and Houston’s very own, Megan Thee Stallion. Ever since, I’ve been enamored by her fearless taste and overall aesthetic.
What I loved most about this show was the sense of community that Rico Nasty has built with her fans. She makes everyone feel welcomed and valued and her humility and charisma shine through in her performance. When you go to one of her shows, expect to be entertained and have a good time. Her signature sound, known as “sugar trap” has made her a one-of-a-kind artist, and there is truly no one like Rico Nasty. If you get the chance to see her on tour, don’t miss it.