Nightmare Vacation

Rico Nasty - Nightmare Vacation
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #451 / 857
User Score
Based on 691 ratings
2020 Ratings: #875
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY
Biting and abrasive in the best kind of ways, ‘Nightmare Vacation’ finds an artist stepping up into the hype that’s been surrounding her for years, and delivering on it tenfold. It will chew you up and spit you out, and you’ll love every minute of it.
85
The Line of Best Fit

While 2019's Anger Management showed her off as a maleficent talent with a taste for blood, Nightmare Vacation is Rico at her nastiest.

84
Paste

Overall, Rico’s inaugural efforts are cathartic, ballsy and just plain fun. Nightmare Vacation solidifies the emcee as quite the furious force to be reckoned with.

80
No Ripcord
Even with the shifting styles under Nasty’s verses, this is the sort of explosive debut that is downright unforgettable.
80
Slant Magazine
The album is the product of an artist who knows who she is and wants nothing more than to rage and revel in it.
80
Clash

Combative, empowering and unashamedly fun.

80
NME
The frenetic Maryland artist will not be retrained by any boundaries – genre, social or otherwise – as this thrilling, wildly charged and star-stuffed debut proves.
75
Consequence of Sound

Nightmare Vacation is an excellent look into the many cogs that make Rico’s brain work without setting up a definitive future direction.

74
Pitchfork
On her official debut, the electric rapper-singer is by turns deliriously chaotic, full of ambition, and unfocused as she tries a little of everything that’s made her a star.
70
The Needle Drop

There's rarely a dull moment on Nightmare Vacation, whether it's going in a poppier or a more extreme direction.

70
Loud and Quiet

Basically, Nightmare Vacation is the soundtrack to Rico Nasty’s graduation. It’s short, aggressive and about as in-your-face as a Slipknot record, and it leaves you with the feeling that it could be the record that will finally cement Nasty as one of the most essential, vital voices in rap’s current pantheon.

60
Gigwise

Filled with some promising musicalities scattered throughout, Nightmare Vacation lacks the final finesse to turn Nasty's sketch of a nightmare into a seismic escapade.

60
The Guardian

The high-volume delivery may be an acquired taste but there are gems to be found in this album of chaotic experimentalism.

60
The Observer
The 23-year-old Marylander delivers the aggro punk-rap party of a lifetime.
Doublez
70

As this strange album cover shows us, Nightmare Vision is both clarity and chaos brought together to shock each other, creating the perfect fusion: Rico Nasty. Against all odds, this first studio album is a solid and global vision of the whole personality and musical palette of her performer, without ever managing to resonate as strongly as her ambition and potential, even though some signs were showing other horizons.

Embodying to herself this new generation of rapper half hardcore, half ... read more

Sagittarius
53

I lost a follower!!!!!!!!! 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬!!!! I had 148 yeasterday but now only i have 147!!!!!! You wont like sagittarius when i is angry!!!!! If your the stupid idiot man who is unfollow you have 1 day (1 day) to say its you and sagittarius will be mad and kill you but less madder if you do

BradTasteMusic
70

This album goes so unbelievably hard. Rico kills it here with her most enjoyable performance yet

KneesofBees
75

Rico really honed in on her style here. This is a great mix of her hyper-aggressive, in your face style that she's known for as well as more melodic trap cuts. There's even a hyperpop inspired track that goes over pretty well. Some of my favorite tracks are actually the most chill, from the sugar-coated "Don't Like Me" to the serene "Back & Forth" (I Love that beat so much), to the ultra catchy "OHFR?". These are balanced out by some blistering tracks, with my ... read more

s3bbrs
55

Some hits, some misses, but the misses are greater and overall the album is just alright.

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Track List

1Candy
2:38
74
2Don't Like Me
2:45
70
3Check Me Out
1:43
63
4IPHONE
2:38
87
5STFU
2:16
76
6Back & Forth
3:01
feat. Aminé
59
7Girl Scouts
2:41
66
8Let It Out
2:28
79
9Loser
2:25
60
10No Debate
2:13
67
11Pussy Poppin (I Don’t Really Talk Like This)
1:56
66
12OHFR?
2:00
87
1310Fo
2:42
64
14Own It
2:09
68
15Smack A Bitch [Remix]
3:37
68
16Smack A Bitch
2:18
Bonus
88
Total Length: 39 minutes

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Added on: June 21, 2020