Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly
May 7, 1997
New York, USA
Los Angeles, CA
2014 – present
Aged only 22 the genre-bending DMV-rapper has accomplished more than most of her peers and is quickly becoming a heavy-hitter on the rap scene. Working closely with producer Kenny Beats they’ve carved out her own unapologetic sound spanning punk and heavy metal influences, and she rhymes with relentless rage and a seemingly limitless vocal range.
Their first song together ‘Smack A Bitch’ in 2018 racked up more than 15 million views on YouTube, which was followed by success-mixtape ‘Nasty’ on Atlantic Records – dubbed ‘one of the hardest rap records of the year’ by Pitchfork.
The follow-up ‘Anger Management’ dropped in April 2019 as a result of a five-day studio binge. It is fronted by an album cover created by Keith Rankin (aka Giant Claw) inspired by the 70s’ psychology-book ‘The New Primal Scream’, and has received accolades all-round, which also saw her perform at Coachella. Born Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly, she grew up in Maryland being exposed to rap music from an early age.
After graduating high school in Baltimore she spent the first few years of her music career cultivating her “sugar trap”-sound putting out ‘iCarly’, which became an instant viral hit in 2016, and the single ‘Hey Arnold,’ (later remixed featuring Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty).
She subsequently released two mixtapes in 2016 – ‘Sugar Trap’ and ‘The Rico Story’, resulting in a lot of attention from the media and general public.
The single ‘Poppin’ was released in 2017, racking up millions of views on YouTube, and was also featured on the HBO hit show ‘Insecure’. The same year she put out her fifth mixtape, Sugar Trap 2, which was hailed as one of the best Rap Albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone.
Summer’s Eve, 2014
The Rico Story, 2016
Sugar Trap, 2016
Tales of Tacobella, 2017
Sugar Trap 2, 2017
Anger Management (with Kenny Beats), 2019
From The Rico Story, 2016
Key Lime OG
From Sugar Trap 2, 2017
From Nasty, 2018