AOTY 2021

Nightmare Vacation

Rico Nasty - Nightmare Vacation
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #427 / 821
User Score
Based on 592 ratings
2020 Ratings: #782
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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.
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.


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.

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.

Combative, empowering and unashamedly fun.

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.
No Ripcord
Even with the shifting styles under Nasty’s verses, this is the sort of explosive debut that is downright unforgettable.
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.

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.
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.

The Needle Drop

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


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.

The Guardian

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

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
I truly wanted to love this, but once again, Rico Nasty sadly punches under her weight on another project.

Rico Nasty is one of those few great artists without a great album. While I’ve enjoyed quite a few highlights off of her previous projects, I have never loved a Rico Nasty project from front to back. Take her ‘Rico’ mixtape for example. That tape starts off incredibly strong with insanely energetic and fun tracks like ‘Countin’ Up or ‘In The Air’, ... read more
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The remix for "Smack a Bitch" sounds like a bunch of Karens arguing. That's what i call a "nightmare vacation".

Good,but not as good as i thaught it will be.

"My bitches treat you like Chinese, they'll take you out"

Rico Nasty finally released her long-awaited debut studio album after the hype has been building up for quite a while because of how good the singles have been throughout the year.The record...mmmeh,stands up to the expectations,but it isn't ... read more
This album goes so unbelievably hard. Rico kills it here with her most enjoyable performance yet
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Added on: June 21, 2020