Rico Nasty shot to fame in 2018 with singles like “Smack a B*tch” and “Poppin.” As creatives began to use social media and the internet to advance their careers and gain notoriety, they came to a fork in the road when their work was used without their permission. While many people believe that artists and photographers should be credited for their work that is posted, Rico Nasty is among those who disagree.
Rico Nasty, a divisive punk rapper, is among those who disagree. This week, Twitter user @nameisboytoy, who creates and sells original cartoon-inspired art, noticed Rico Nasty reposting some of their work on her Instagram Story. When fans began to bug Rico about the need to credit the artist, she responded with a video rant.
“So if you see something that you like on Twitter, and you screenshot it, you’re supposed to post the artist? Y’all make these politics for reposting sh*t and it’s so f**king stupid. I fi see something, and I f**king liked it, then I’m gonna repost that. I don’t have to tag anybody. This is ridiculous.”
Rico went on to say that fans are likely using her photos and image without her permission, so she should be able to do the same.
“How many of y’all post pictures of me and not tag me? Remake pictures of me and not tag me? Y’all need to shut the f**k up. Y’all invade my whole privacy over here, but I can’t even post something that I f**king like and you’re taking it to heart like, ‘Damn no credit?’ Girl, here’s your credit, here’s your 15 minutes of fame, the picture was cute, you’re a great artist, but you’re a sh*tty f**king person.”
Having art reposted by a celebrity can help creatives increase their success and audience, but Rico does not believe she owes them anything. To get the latest news, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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