The new Rico Nasty’s “Las Ruinas” album is so eclectic that one could consider it a mixtape. The record’s unifying force is, however, still there. It appears that, for the most part, the album doesn’t at all keep up with the current trends.
Yet, “Las Ruinas” still doesn’t sound outdated or even crazy-music-experimental. Instead, the new Rico Nasty’s released a breath of fresh air.
From EDM and jungle beats to cloud-rap, Rico presents a kaleidoscope (or an ammo pack) of 17 different ways to launch your Hip-Hop career within a particular niche. Almost none of the songs have a similar style, while only a couple share the same mood. Meanwhile, somehow the songs still link well with each other.
In comparison with the last Rico’s last album, “Nightmare Vacation,” her new record is way less “Back & Forth” and a bit like “Let It Out,” but way darker. “Intrusive” launches “Las Ruinas,” immediately hitting the listener with Horrorcore instrumental and Rico’s horrifying stories.
(Mom, if you hear this, I’m sorry)
I like puttin; on my makeup
Ready to slash throats
Chokin’ bitches out
With spiked chains and rope
Hyperpop “Phuckin Lady” might come as a good fit if you’re looking for less scary self-descriptions. It’s somewhat similar to Rory Gilmore’s “I’m spoiled, so what?” manifesto, while obviously way less family-friendly.
I ain’t sorry that I’m not basic
I ain’t sorry that I’m high maintenance
I ain’t sorry that I lack patience
I’m always screamin’, “Fuck you, pay me”
The further it gets, the less horrific and more sensitive the record sounds. Like “Intrusive,” the last track on Rico’s album, “Chicken Nugget,” mentions mom. This time, however, it’s “I thank my mama for making me strong,” instead of “Sorry mom that I choke bitches out.” Moving on, a childish voice gives a heartwarming speech, finishing the song and closing the album.
Mommy, I love you, and you’re— I miss you a lot
And I can’t wait to see you, and I love you, love you
And you’re coming too, too late
I really want you to come, please, hurry up
Or I’ll cough venom on you, please, come up
I love you, mommy
Between the mood swings, club hits like the “Jungle” remix or “One On 5” appear. The absolute bangers also fill the record. Such include “Gotsta Get Paid,” which also presents the coolest metaphors in its chorus.
Fashionista shades like gyms, we move weights
Party like parades and wake up in a daze
“Las Ruinas” is definitely a well-done project. It also presents an imaginary world. At the very least, it’s exciting and different from the current industry tendencies of the harsh and violent reality tracks.
Listen to “Las Ruinas” by Rico Nasty.
— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) July 15, 2022