Mass Appeal Record’s youngster Bishop Nehru has just dropped his second EP following his critically acclaimed full length collaboration with MF Doom entitled NehruvianDOOM. Although he is only 18 years old he has already put work in on a few mixtapes, a previous EP and has been promoted by hip-hop greats such as Nas, 9th Wonder and DJ Premier. This nine track EP was solely produced by the emcee himself and as he put it “(was) just too raw sonically for the album.”
The tape starts off with a profound mixture of drums and a sample of a French female’s spoken vocals. As the EP continues he does not shy away from sampling singing either. The whole tape is basically made up of quick simple drums and vocal cuts covering the track (even while he spits.) On the two tracks that the drums are slowed down, the symbols are paired with a simple slow keyboard riff. Production is mediocre and calm to the ears, for better or worse.
His wordplay is the first thing to notice. He has tons of short bars with double or even triple rhymes. Most of his bars are bragadocious similes or observations. Along with his self assesing he mentions God and the Devil quite often. Instead of showing his abilities this tape is mostly ‘rapping about rapping.’ The content is majorly about how he raps about whatever he pleases and his percieved level of dopeness. When he strays away from these topics he ends up displaying dope writing skills from a rhyming and bar to bar stance, but once he mentions a concept, aside from the single idea focused track ‘[justfriends]ZONE’, his lyrics usuallly unravel into randomness.
He is pretty mellow with his flow, regardless of the tempo. He sounds good over his own production. His voice is clear and he has a strong voice, but it stays single toned through out. There is no specific pop to his flowing but rather a continious satisfactory sound.
Producing his own music has proven to be (with no surprise) less sucessful than his collaborations with monster producers like MF Doom and DJ Premier. The sound is pretty much identical to the recent ‘young underground New York’ norm. His bars are well written but bring no strong emotions or complex idealogy. His flow is tight but again has nothing quite special to it. His past work has been stronger on tapes and even features so it is safe to be missing this EP out of your catalogue. None the less I would keep listening out for the youngster and the release of his next full length album.