Life comes at you fast but Rico Nasty hits back just as fast, and harder. The Maryland rapper started her rap career in high school and now the FADER cover artist is signed to Atlantic and touring while juggling responsibilities as a single mother.
In the new FADER doc, Countin' Up, she opens up about her personal life behind the music and rock star persona she exudes in the public eye. She painfully remembers the close relationship she had with her son's father before he passed due to an asthma attack and the ensuing trauma, which included attempted suicide on two occasions. As a result, she's become one of music's most selfish selfless artists: projecting the self-confidence young women flock to and reminding people that she's got to take care of her own because she knows no one else will.
And yet through it all, she never loses sight of the simple joys of being a young mother like finding out that her son's new favorite song is Doja Cat's "Mooo!" The visible encouragement is mutual between her and her raging, adoring fans every night on tour, creating an authentic bond other artists only dream of having.
Along the way, we are introduced to Rico's close circle consisting of her make up artist Scott, her son Cam, her son's father's close friend Billy, and manager/boyfriend Malik. In between those conversations are insane tour moments, the prep Rico takes to deliver an amazing live show, and glimpses of the vulnerable side she can't help but embrace.
Watch the full documentary above.