“You either die or you keep going. That’s it. Nothing stops unless you stop.”
From getting a humble co-sign from A$AP Rocky to making Forbes ’30 Under 30′ at the age of 21, Maria Kelly, AKA Rico Nasty is making big waves into the rap industry with a self-styled personality that’s hard to look past.
The DMV rapper’s documentary, ‘Countin Up’, presented by FADER Magazine was released online Tuesday, Feb. 12 following a live premiere screening on Monday, Feb. 11 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.
In the 19 minute documentary, Rico opens up about her personal life behind the music and her rock star persona. The documentary starts with highlighting Rico’s intimate moments with her 3-year-old son Cam. It is these moments where we see a more soft, vulnerable side of Rico.
She painfully remembers her relationship with her son’s father, who passed away due to an asthma attack. This lead Rico to a deep depression, where she stopped going to school and refused to shower. She even tried to commit suicide twice.
“I tried to kill myself two times, then I found out that I was pregnant with my f*cking kid. So everything that didn’t make sense made sense.”
Yet through all the trauma, she never loses sight of the joys of being a single mother like finding out that Cam’s favorite song is Doja Cat’s “Mooo!”.
Throughout the documentary, we get a glimpse of Rico’s eclectic tour life. We are introduced to her close circle friends including her makeup artist Scott, her son’s father close friend Billy and manger/boyfriend Malik. In between these conversations we see insane tour moments, the process Rico takes to deliver a speaker-banging show, and how raw and real Rico is in her business and personal life.
Towards the end of the documentary, Rico brings out Cam on stage speaking inspiration to young mothers and women. “Don’t let them tell you what you can and can’t do”, she proclaims.
Just about three years ago, Rico was a pregnant high school student, grieving from the death of her son’s father. In less than a year, she has made the cover of FADER, signed a deal with Atlantic Records and released a chart topping debut album “Nasty”.
Rico and other female artists like Cardi B is proof that being mothers don’t stop you from getting the job done and exceeding expectations.
She continues to set herself apart from other rappers with her mix of #BlackGirlMagic and self-proclaimed “sugar-trap”. Her oozing confidence that young women flock to is the force that makes her destined to keep going up from here.
Watch the documentary ‘Countin Up’ below