Rico Nasty spoke quite frankly about twerk in a recent interview with XXL. Twerk has become one of the most popular dance figures of recent times.
“This is probably the worst thing that you could put up while a female rapper is performing, even if she is gonna twerk,” Rico said after holding up her phone with the word “Twerk” across it. “This is so disrespectful. It’s pointing to this ever being why I’m on this stage or this pertaining to anything that I’ve ever done in my career.
That’s not what I do. You go on my Instagram right now. Do I have videos doing this?”
She added, “And for all my young girls, who, I mean, you do what you want to do and it’s lit and it’s fun. I’m just trying to make art and perform my songs and go. I’m not trying to be something that I’m not. You shouldn’t try to make somebody something that they’re not.”
Rico Nasty, who stated that she did not understand that people want to see a female rapper twerking on stage all the time, and that this was not his main goal, had a difficult experience on Playboi Carti‘s King Vamp tour last year.
When she took the stage to give the opening performance, she was met with ridicule from the crowd, and he was even thrown a bottle one night. Rico Nasty, however, finished the tour without twerking. Whatever people wanted, Rico Nasty seemed determined not to do anything that wasn’t her style and didn’t make sense.
“That’s why I don’t want to take away from the people who do dance routines and they do twerk because as a woman you are a performer, bro,” she said. “This should never happen, bro [Rico holds up her phone with ‘twerk’ on it]. We are not at a strip club. And even at the strip club, this wouldn’t be funny ’cause they are already strippin’, bro. What is that?”
Drawing a different image from many mainstream female rappers, Rico Nasty is identified with fishnet tights and dyed hair. She also seems aware that whatever makes her different strengthens her.
“Being a girl is just random days,” she said. “It’s really, really random. And you really have to stick together. And you really have to… know what you want out of this and know what you want to be looked at as. Because, if you don’t, they’ll be sure to give you whatever image they think works for you. So have your own.”