Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly (born May 7, 1997), known professionally as Rico Nasty, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. Originating her career from Maryland, Kelly was exposed to rap music at a very young age. Kelly released two mixtapes in 2016:The Rico Story and Sugar Trap. Both tapes gained her notable attention from the media and the general public.
In June 2018, Kelly signed to Atlantic Records after releasing her sixth mixtape, Nasty.
Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly was born an only child on May 7, 1997 in New York City, to a Puerto Rican mother and an African American father. Kelly was raised in Prince George's County, Maryland and was exposed to rap music at a very young age. Her father was also a rapper and she quickly picked up the same nuances of rapping from him. She grew up listening to artists like Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Nas, and Jill Scott.