Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Nams Homeless Q&A

Nams Homeless is one of the best & most underrated artists coming out of Wisconsin in my opinion, and it really doesn’t take much more than just taking a look at his catalog to see where I’m coming from. The way that he approaches his music is different from anyone else coming out, which is why I’m more than excited to premiere his brand new project titled “Loveless Loser” tonight, along with a brand new Q&A! Nams is super interesting not only sonically when you listen to him as an artist, but his personality is one of the best you can find in this industry, and I believe that will help carry him into a bright future in music. If there’s one thing that I can say about this new tape is just simply don’t sleep on this project, you will surely regret it. Listen to his brand new piece of work below as learn a thing or two about him, & be sure to give him a follow here afterwards.



Photo Cred: Marco Ortiz

EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.

NH: My name is NaQuan Reed most people call me Nams, Nay, or Sam ( which is a recent nick name). I’m 21 and from Gurnee IL currently living in Kenosha WI. I have three cats and they are the world to me. I’m not double jointed, and I hate sandals.

EM: What is your earliest memory of music?

NH: Hmm I think Al Green and Atlantis Morriset are the first artists I can remember listening to a lot. Before I started controlling the music I listened too. Yeah a lot of Motown and 90’s female grunge haha. All I know is my mom shoved as much different kind of music into my ears as much as she could.

EM: When did you first start creating music?

NH: I recorded for the first time at a friends place to ASAP Rocky’s Goldie beat in like 2012, but never put anything out. It wasn’t till 2014 that really started making music with my friend Jon Writer, and High Five I put out my first project Aug 2015.

EM: What/who inspired you to become an emcee?

NH: Im not really sure man I never thought about rapping seriously I painted and did visual art for like 12 years.

One day I just wanted to make a mixtape so I did.

EM: How would you describe your music to someone who has never listened before?

NH: Hmm fuck probably just play a song or tell they have to just find out I don’t know I’ve been liking the term “Pseudo-Rap” recently though.

EM: Who are your top five biggest influences musically?

NH: Thats hard man fuck ill tell you a few of my favorites though. Kid Cudi is the fucking man. Erykah Badu, Fall Out Boy, Earl Sweatshirt,  and Lauryn Hill

EM: What are your top five favorite albums of all time?

NH: Man On The Moon II, Mama’s Gun, Speedin Bullet To Heaven, Al Green Greatest Hits,  808s and Heartbreaks, Folie a Deux, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, WZRD, Wolf , Heavier Things, Take This To Your Grave, A Fever You Cant Sweat Out. A Seat At The Table, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and Faces

EM: What are your top five favorite mixtapes of all time?

NH: Kid Named Cudi, Bastard, 1999, Delusional Thomas, Asase Yaa

EM: What was the first album you ever bought?

NH: Bone Thugs N Harmony Greatest Hits

EM: If you could collab with one person dead or alive who would it be?

NH:  I think me and Eric Andre would make tight commercial jingles.

EM: What’s your favorite music video?

NH: The Avian video by Mac Miller I think it was just the first one to pop in my head

EM: Whats your favorite movie ever?

NH: Oliver and Company

EM: What are your thoughts on Donald Trump?

NH: Man its all the same shit…. humanity is beyond much understanding but fuck him and i hope the world heals man.

EM: The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?

NH: IPA man no question

EM: What is your favorite song that you have created so far?

NH: hmm this song I have in the vault I’m working on its become my favorite, but as far as songs out I think “Pseudo”

EM: Are there any local Chicago rappers that you have been listening to?

NH: Not really there’s a few artist I fuck with this like Christian Ja Lon, My Twin Sam, Manwolves, Dingus, but not many rappers no.

EM: If you had to pick a few bigger name Chicago artists that you would like to work with in the future, who would they be?

NH: Maybe No Name if she’d have me

EM: What’s your favorite book?

NH: Ender’s Game

EM: What can our readers expect from you for the rest of 2017?

NH: A bunch of shit just keep paying attention theres so much shit to do, but for now stream my brand new project below.

EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

NH: I don’t know a lot could happen i could blow up or end up in a box i hope I’m doing a bunch of shit. Hoping Future me fucks some shit up