On Friday (June 14), Rico Nasty kicked off the Billboard Hip-Hop Live series, in partnership with Mountain Dew, with a kinetic show in Long Beach, California. Packing Sevilla Nightclub with fans ready to let loose and rage, Rico played through her hits -- with a twist. Via Twitter and Facebook, her fans at the venue and those watching on the livestream could influence the setlist, voting on which songs she should play.
"I really loved that I could look up and see the names of the people that were doing the interacting,” Rico tells Billboard. “A lot of times I play my music at shows based on the views and the streams.” But Friday’s show gave her an opportunity to blow the dust off of some older, less obvious numbers. “Performing ‘Blue’ was crazy,” she says, referring to the track from her 2017 project Sugar Trap 2. “It was refreshing.”
The evening kicked off with a DJ set from host Jersey Jinx, who appears on Revolt’s State of the Culture and Tidal’s Group Chat podcast. He played Boosie’s “Wipe Me Down,” Solange’s “Almeda,” Nipsey Hussle’s “Last Time That I Checc’d” and other hits for an audience that had been lined down the block for hours.