The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.
What do Cinderella, rock band Kiss and harnesses all have in common? They inspired Rico Nasty’s first weekend performance at Coachella.
In front of hundreds of onlookers at the Mojave Stage, Nasty put on a performance that’s hard to categorize. Any Nasty performance is like that, but Coachella was a special time for the 21-year-old rapper from Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“She knows [performing] is something she does every day on tour. But, for it to be Coachella and a festival so big of a caliber, she was low-key nervous. But, she overcame it,” Rico Nasty’s makeup artist, Scott Obsourne Jr., said.
In this Coachella edition of “Tour Tales,” the team behind Rico Nasty’s performance discuss how they kept her fierce look intact in the Coachella desert heat, her switching it up for the second weekend and more.
As the bass from the Kenny Beats-produced “Trust Issues” song began rattling the outdoor tent and moving the chests of those in attendance, Nasty sauntered across the stage — bathed in applause — in a custom multi-colored dress she helped design with designer Matthew Reissman. Her swaying around while rapping “outfit sick, I should be walking with a tissue” had the abstractly dressed crowd ready to form a catwalk to show off their own looks. Then, in typical Nasty fashion, what we all thought was her grand fashion statement was simply the outer shell of a wilder side.
Nasty emerged from her Cinderella dress cocoon in an outfit that was a little more than underwear, strapped with bright red harnesses and made by custom fashion designer Creepy Yeha, as she transitioned into crowd favorite “Bitch, I’m Nasty” from her 2018 project, Nasty. Rico’s physicality and high-energy movements during her performances “definitely play a big role in what we choose for her,” her stylist, 26-year-old Haylee Ahumada, explained. So, while fans saw a unique fit to add to their vision boards, Nasty’s look only reaffirmed that she would made sure the performance was the best it could be.
“The harness look was dope because it stands out and it’s tight to her body, so nothing is moving around too much where it’s restricting her from performing. So, that was perfect for this performance this time around. We definitely wanted to get something that’s cool. She was basically in underwear. It was perfect for [the Coachella heat],” Ahumada said.
Nasty’s visual aesthetic is paramount to the appeal of her shows. Her expressive face that can go from a pit bull intensity to an anime-esque wide smile and eyes in the matter of half a bar is accentuated by her dazzling makeup. For Coachella, Obsourne Jr. covered Nasty’s face in Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty, and Urban Decay to help her achieve her gothic aesthetic, but also had some inspiration from a legendary ’80s rock band. “If you see, she has different types of black under eyeliner. That was a representation of the Kiss rock band that I put a modern twist on, and created some different elements and effects to spice it up,” Osbourne Jr. said.
He continued: “So, I prepped her skin using a thickening moisturizer and an oil-based control lotion, something that’s going to prevent sweat. Throughout her performances, I’ll usually come onstage, I’ll blot her face and I’ll layer a little bit more makeup on top just to even it out. So, when she’s sweating, it’s not coming off and it’s just turning into a dewy skin.”
Osbourne Jr.’s job was not done once the makeup was applied. Though fans were not able to see Doja Cat join Nasty for a performance of their song “Tia Tamera,” Nasty’s mascot was able to come in and fill her spot.
“I was always the mascot,” Osbourne Jr. explained. “I was the mascot for Rolling Loud L.A. It was very good. The videos went viral. Everyone loved it. So, we decided to mix it into the Coachella set. It was lit. I always love it because it’s me being her onstage. Just dancing and having fun.”
The real stars of any Nasty performance are the audience members. The energy, choreography, and intensity of her show were mimicked by those watching at Coachella, especially one young woman on top of some supportive shoulders. “When I see people do that, I’m thinking what they might do next. I’ve seen that turn into all kinds of stuff, so you never know,” DJ Miles, the rapper’s official DJ, said.
If you got a chance to see Nasty’s first weekend performance at Coachella, erase most of it from your mind because her second weekend show promises to be different. Half the clothing pieces she got from Creepy Yeha were used for the first weekend, with the other half being used for weekend two. Nasty and her team are going to keep the momentum going.
“A few more accessories, definitely, for the next performance. I missed out on maybe a few things [for the first weekend]. But, we’re not going to miss the mark with the next one,” Ahumada explained. “The first performance was more of a dark look and the next one will be more of a bright look.”
More from Keith Nelson, Jr.:
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Check out our gift guide that highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds in time for Black Friday.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
On Oct. 10, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University.
The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour made its final stop at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and left a lasting impact on students and alumni alike.
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
After unveiling their state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University, Walmart brought the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to Virginia State University (VSU) on Oct. 13.
Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour brings attention and wisdom to North Carolina Central University
On Oct. 17, Walmart brought the third stop of the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).
Groovey Lew on hip hop style, Johnell Young's industry secrets, BGS salon's wig mastery and more | 'Black Girl Stuff'
Fashion King Groovey Lew on masterminding hip-hop’s most iconic looks. Actor Johnell Young reveals the secret to breaking into the entertainment industry. Celebrity hairstylist Dontay Savoy and got2B ambassador Tokyo Stylez are in the BGS Salon with the perfect wig install. Plus, comedian Lauren Knight performs.
On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!
Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'
On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!
Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'
On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.
For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!
This is the inspiring story of Karen Washington, a pioneering urban farmer who has been revolutionizing urban spaces by transforming them into vibrant community gardens and educational hubs. Sponsored by State Farm.
“Every time I’m in trouble, it’s been Black men that have come to my aid,” Madam DA Fani Willis said at REVOLT WORLD while speaking on the stereotype that they are not dependable or worth dating.
Lauren London sparks conversation on how Black parents unintentionally give kids negative outlook on money
At the live taping of “Assets Over Liabilities” at REVOLT WORLD, Lauren London opened up about how witnessing the financial decisions adults made during her childhood fueled her outlook on money.
Black media leaders stress the space's importance because we're always antagonists in mainstream's storytelling
“I definitely feel those ‘heavier is the crown’ moments. But I also believe that Black entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to be successful in the future,” Detavio Samuels said at AfroTech.
In an exclusive interview with REVOLT, Machel Montano dove into his musical journey, childhood stardom, and an exciting new chapter in business.
During REVOLT WORLD, YG shared that thanks to life experience, he was knowledgeable about some of the topics in Nipsey Hussle’s literary suggestions.
From Master P to Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Deion Sanders, Damian Lillard and more, these athletes got bars. Check out our list here!