Each year, hip-hop becomes increasingly inclusive as the gap in popularity between male and female artists continues to close at a rapid pace.
With superstars like Cardi B, Latto, Coi Leray, H.E.R., Meg Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and more all leading the charge for the ladies, Rico Nasty is perhaps the most experimental of rap’s female phenoms.
The Maryland rapper has evidently reached a point in her career where she can do anything she desires — jumping from hardcore punk-style tracks to mellow love songs with ease. As her popularity reaches an all-time high, she’s wholeheartedly putting on for the next generation of female performers — taking Atlanta rapper Bktherula under her wing on her latest single “VaderZ.”
The new track — released Wednesday night (April 20) — marks Rico’s first single of 2022 following collaborations with Denzel Curry, 6LACK, JID, Jasiah, Duke Deuce and Token. Her fiery collaboration with the 18-year-old Atlanta emcee sees both artists collide with potency and poise — trading lines effortlessly over warped electric guitars, gliding synths and trap-infused production. The energy is simply off the charts on “Vaderz,” as the pair seemingly invade listeners’ eardrums with instantly catchy flows and head-bobbing bars alike.
That bitch fine, give me that ticket
Brand new car, he wanna whip it
Nigga look sweet, let’s hit a lick then
Rolling deep, I know how to pick ’em
She from the West, I keep a Smith (Uh-huh)
Smoking the best, I’m as high as it get (Uh-huh)
Better speak with your chest when you talkin’ that shit (Uh-huh)
And it’s only the best when I put on my fitRico Nasty & BKTheRula — “Vaderz”
Since sharing her 2020 project Nightmare Vacation, Rico has dropped sporadic singles with “Buss,” “Magic” and “Money” featuring Flo Milli, implying a slow and steady rollout for whatever she has planned next.
Up-and-comer BK has solidified herself as a standout member of the new wave, dropping her third full-length project LOVE BLACK in October 2021. Recently dropping a two-pack titled Keep da K/Coupe, her takeover is just beginning as she snags her first big name collaboration.
Ultimately, Rico and BK represent two of the most versatile rappers out now — male or female. As their collaboration settles in, its clear that our generation’s inevitable come-up starts by recognizing the talented women within hip-hop’s ever-evolving soundscape.
Check out Rico and BK’s new single below!