October 25, 2013
Listen To Bishop Nehru
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With one look at Bishop Nehru, you could find a lot of things that he isn’t. He’s not an accomplished rapper yet, his beats are still weak, and his wordplay at times is suspect. He puts a dollar sign instead of an “s” in all of his song titles. The video for his song Light Leak$ looks like it might have been filmed with a Blackberry, and it consists of nothing more than walking down some streets. But there’s one more thing that Bishop Nehru isn’t. He’s not more than 15 years old.
And to make as much headway and progress as Bishop Nehru has, to even be included as an after-thought in a conversation about best rappers at the moment, and to be putting out popular music before he’s even an upperclassman in high school? That right there is a massive achievement.
Sure, Chief Keef did it, and that’s a feat as well. But Bishop is in another rap family. His music is conscious, and his flows are more complex. His lyrics, though not perfect, show signs of a sharp mind and a fierce tenacity. And his beats have a dusty charm that I haven’t heard in a while. There are moments on Light Leak$ where I hear shades of Talib Kweli, Shad, and Earl Sweatshirt.
Am I the only who hears a little bit of Eminem in this kid’s voice? These songs remind me of the first time we heard Eminem’s raw talent and tight wordplay – it was on the song Infinite. There, the beat didn’t matter, and neither did the quality of the recording. The only thing that truly mattered was Em’s voice, and that was what shone through. The important thing was that we heard something special, something that had the potential to grow into something truly meaningful. And wee may indeed be experiencing that again with Bishop. Either way, his plainspoken delivery and the soul-bearing style could remind you of any number of trendsetting rappers throughout the years. He doesn’t care what any one person thinks. He can’t afford to.
If Bishop Nehru is the future of hip-hop, I believe that future is bright. He has plenty of time to work out his weaknesses, and to sharpen his strengths. And if he continues on the path he’s on, I think he’s in for an amazing career.
Thanks for reading! If you end up listening to the music from this article, please let me know how you liked it! I always love to hear your opinions, even (and especially) if they differ from my own. You can tweet at me @RobinCopple1, or contact me through my email. Don’t be shy! See you next time. Keep listening to music!
Image Credit: Bishop Nehru / The DJBooth