What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper, Nasa Lamode. Nasa Lamode is an American rapper, singer/songwriter, and record producer from Milwaukee, WI. His first mixtape, "2020", was released on SoundCloud, MyMixtapez, Spinrilla, and Datpiff after settling in Houston, TX to further his career. On July 5, 2019, Lamode dropped his first single, "Mars Walk"; catching the attention of local artists, which whom he would end up working with in the near future. About a year later, Lamode dropped his first EP, "My Way", along with a few other singles, showcasing his wordplay abilities and versatility. We can definitely see him performing on major stages such as Coachella or Rolling Loud. The Milwaukee rapper has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with him! Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Lamode? Your sound is dope. When did you start making music?
Nasa Lamode: I started by making beats when I was like 15 or 16. I later became a producer and engineer around 18-21. When I turned 24 I started rapping. My first official single “Mars Walk” dropped in 2019.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Nasa Lamode: MILWAUKEE MF WISCONSIN BABY!
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Milwaukee. So how did you create your stage name?
Nasa Lamode: My original stage name was Sauvage. And then I added “Lamode” at the end. Like How Gucci Mane got “Laflare” and Travis Scott got “Laflame” - But nobody could pronounce Sauvage and then Dior relaunched their Cologne with the same name. So I had to change it. I always wanted to be an astronaut and I was living in Houston, so I thought Nasa would be cool and easy to remember. So I stuck with Nasa. Nasa Lamode.
Westleaf Staff: I love that. I think it's dope that you didn't mind going through changes. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Nasa Lamode: When I was young, my pops used to show me how to scratch records. I’m from the 90’s so we actually used to make mixtapes. We would wait til a song we liked dropped on the radio and we would take our cassette tape and record that song until we had a full cassette. I also remember how music was changing from the 80’s style to the 90’s style. It was MAD different. It was RAW. Hip Hop was FOR REAL this time and wasn’t going nowhere. I wanted a piece of that.
Westleaf Staff: Wow. The 90s were definitely a golden era. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Nasa Lamode: It’s just way too many to count. I can’t just focus on one. I got my different modes. Sometimes I’m on my new school, sometimes on my old. Sometimes I want 80s/90s R&B, sometimes I like funk and soul. I might want dancehall and then I might want alternative style. I love Neosoul, but I also love G Shit. Haha. Na next question.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Those are some legends! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Nasa Lamode: I don’t think that I’ve hit that yet. It’s been mad moments where I was proud of my accomplishments, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve hit any “defining” moments. I’m still growing and learning.
Westleaf Staff: So cool! Salute for being honest. So what makes you a unique artist?
Nasa Lamode: I don’t know that I’m unique just yet. I’m still learning my style and working on my craft. I’m still working on being better. Sometimes that shit will make me fall into other artists pockets. But that’s cool. That’s part of the process. I just do me.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Gotta do you. Much respect. So what does art mean to you?
Nasa Lamode: I guess it’s when you create a reflection of the world in your eyes and portray it in a media that others can experience. Basically sharing your world with another person so that they can see life from a perspective other than their own.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Nasa Lamode: I honestly got no idea. Not a clue. I thought I had it all figured out, but na. That’s not how my life works. I’m going to plan and set goals for sure. But I’m also just coasting and seeing where God take me.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Nasa Lamode: Life through sound.
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