Born in Rockland County, New York, 17-year-old Bishop Nehru is the embodiment of many different eras. His old-soul sensibilities speak to the golden-age, the unbending confidence to today’s market, and his ability to make sense out of it all leading him into the future. He’s crafty, intelligent and hype – a rebel that goes completely against the grain by simply being himself.
His influences can be found all over his first mixtape Nehruvia: The Mixtape. The then 15-year-old splices in audio from Tupac, Kanye, and Doom, and rhymes over beats from impresarios like Dilla and Madlib. His lyrical delivery and ability to flip phrases is precise and on target, and the way he’s handled his first steps into the rap game has been nothing short of exemplary. It is potential fully realized, the only thing lacking is time and seasoning. He’s like the Kevin Durant of rap, a young phenom destined for champion status.
The introductory track on his debut (“The Music“) is a first round knock out, the way he dances around the beat and the efficiency in which he dismantles the mic speaking well beyond his years: [LISTEN]
You can find those exhibitions of talent all over the album, songs like “Lemon Grass” and “Y.E.T” showing off a wellspring of rhymes. But it’s narratives like “SweetLips” that reflect the potential he has moving forward. It’s a character development piece that tells us that when siphoned through Nehru’s pen life becomes smarter, wittier and worthy of the infinite nod: [LISTEN]
Nehru’s growth isn’t linear, it’s inverted and folds within itself. His second mixtape Nehruvia: strictlyFLOWz sounds like a progressive step forward, but it was written years prior. He’s just got a surplus of rhymes similar to how savants like Doom and Madlib operate. It also shows how, with a turn of a page in his rhyme book, he can jump to a completely different style. On “introVERTz” he tightens up his form and goes from expressive winding roads to quick jabs and swacks with the backhand: [LISTEN]
Bishop Nehru’s most recent collaborations have done wonders in terms of pulling him out of his shell specifically his work with Doom (together known as NeruvianDOOM). In “Elder Blossoms” he spits effortlessly over a Doom beat similar if not totally like Masta Ace does on Ma Doom: Son of Yvonne. The two vibe well of each other and there’s a mutual respect, which says a lot about Doom who proves that you’re never too old or too good to be inspired.
In the preview to their self-titled album Doom is quick to acknowledge his role and lets Bishop take the lead, which puts Nehru in a comfortable place. The work is genuine, and takes Nehru’s arrival to a whole new strata. And if “Darkness” is any indication of what’s to come, hip-hop’s future is in mighty good hands: [LISTEN]