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Bishop Nehru, TeeFLii And Rae Sremmurd Show And Prove In Issue 155

Show & Prove is our section in the magazine where we highlight which artists are hot in hip-hop now. Many who have appeared in S&P have gone on to launch successful music careers. With t...

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Bishop Nehru Featuring DOOM “Om”

Thankfully, Bishop Nehru and DOOM's collaboration project won't be perpetually in-limbo like Madvillainy 2 has been. NehruvianDOOM is coming on Sept...

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MF Doom And Bishop Nehru: Beyond The Mask [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

Go behind the scenes of MF Doom and Bishop Nehru's upcoming EP, Nehruvian Doom. We got an exclusive studio time interview with the mysterious rapper overseas in London, England, to discuss the new EP, being a mentor to Bishop and what we can expect from the release...

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Watch DOOM And Bishop Nehru’s Video For “Darkness (HBU)”

DOOM and Bishop Nehru have been chipping away at their collaborative release titled NehruvianDOOM. For their first set of visuals, Bishop showcases impeccable lyricism on "Darkness...

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7 Rappers Who Are 20 & Under Killin’ The Game

These days it seems like more and more young rappers are bursting onto the scene. From Earl Sweatshirt to Joey Bada$$, Diggy Simmons and plenty more check out "7 Rappers Who Are 20 & Under Killin' The Game...

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Dizzy Wright and Bishop Nehru came together for the "BrILLIant Minds EP."
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Bishop Nehru And Dizzy Wright Release ‘BrILLiant Youth’ EP

There hasn't been much news on Mass Appeal signee Bishop Nehru and DOOM's collaboration album. But new Bishop is new Bishop, and it's definitely welcomed when former XXL Freshman Dizzy Wright is also in the mix...

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Bishop Nehru

When did you first hear Illmatic?
Man, I wish I could tell you. Honestly, I don’t even remember. But I was young. I think probably the first time I heard it, I was probably maybe 8 or 9. Around there. My aunt is a huge Nas fan, she has all his tapes. She won tickets on the radio to his concerts and everything. So she is like diehard Nas fan. Ever since I was a kid, he was really playing Nas and into Nas. I think the first time when I could understand it was probably a couple years ago. Maybe, two, three years ago. Even sometimes when I listen to it, I catch new things. It’s a real good album. Real crazy album.

What was your initial reaction?
I guess I could tell you the reaction from a couple of years ago when I heard it again. When I heard it a couple of years ago, it was everything that was coming out a couple years ago, that was when the real trap stuff, Waka Flocka, was coming through strong. That was when that stuff was taking over. In New York, it was the same thing, people were listening to it as well. I was into trap stuff. I liked it, but I don’t like it as in I can listen to it over and over and over and over. I gotta have some type of variety to it.

When I was exploring different types of music around that time a couple years back, I guess I just listened to Nas’ album again. I don’t even know how to explain it. I was just playing it again one day and from the intro to the ending, I was just amazed. It’s just like a total experience. It’s like you can feel that album.

How did it affect you?
I think it affected my rapping style a lot. I think it affected a lot of people’s rap styles. I think that was the first rap album that really changed the structure of how hip-hop was. There wasn’t really too much structure in hip-hop before that. It was still figuring it out. I think Illmatic was one of the first albums to really bring a structure. The verses, the choruses. Everything is really lined up.

If you listen to Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, which came out a year before, you don’t really hear 16 bars, chorus, 16 bars, chorus. You kind of hear a sloppier, a lot more raw [strucure]. I think Nas was the first person to sit down and make it an art. He decided to really do something with it.

Is there any rapper’s debut album that you feel is in the same league as Illmatic?
I think there’s a lot of albums that are in the same league as Illmatic, just like there’s a lot of basketball players in the same league. It’s just how you rank them. I think there’s some albums up there in the same league. Enter The 36 Chambers, Ready To Die, ‘Pac’s albums. I would name them, but just the discography. Liquid Swords. 

What is your favorite song off Illmatic?
“Life’s A Bitch,” “One Time For Your Mind, “Halftime,” “It Ain’t Hard To Tell.” I’m basically naming the tracklist. “NY State Of Mind.” The only reason I can’t pick one favorite because it is so short. It’s only ten tracks. You’re like, "Fuck!" And all the tracks hit. I don’t know. I like all of them. “Memory Lane.”

How does it hold up after 20 years?
I think it still holds up very well. That’s crazy that I can listen to it now 20 years later and it still holds up against anything out. Twenty years later. I think it’s gonna stand 20 more years as well.

Bishop Nehru

When did you first hear Illmatic?
Man, I wish I could tell you. Honestly, I don’t even remember. But I was young. I think probably the first time I heard it, I was probably maybe 8 or 9. Around there. My aunt is a huge Nas fan, she has all his tapes. She won tickets on the radio to his concerts and everything. So she is like diehard Nas fan. Ever since I was a kid, he was really playing Nas and into Nas. I think the first time when I could understand it was probably a couple years ago. Maybe, two, three years ago. Even sometimes when I listen to it, I catch new things. It’s a real good album. Real crazy album.

What was your initial reaction?
I guess I could tell you the reaction from a couple of years ago when I heard it again. When I heard it a couple of years ago, it was everything that was coming out a couple years ago, that was when the real trap stuff, Waka Flocka, was coming through strong. That was when that stuff was taking over. In New York, it was the same thing, people were listening to it as well. I was into trap stuff. I liked it, but I don’t like it as in I can listen to it over and over and over and over. I gotta have some type of variety to it.

When I was exploring different types of music around that time a couple years back, I guess I just listened to Nas’ album again. I don’t even know how to explain it. I was just playing it again one day and from the intro to the ending, I was just amazed. It’s just like a total experience. It’s like you can feel that album.

How did it affect you?
I think it affected my rapping style a lot. I think it affected a lot of people’s rap styles. I think that was the first rap album that really changed the structure of how hip-hop was. There wasn’t really too much structure in hip-hop before that. It was still figuring it out. I think Illmatic was one of the first albums to really bring a structure. The verses, the choruses. Everything is really lined up.

If you listen to Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, which came out a year before, you don’t really hear 16 bars, chorus, 16 bars, chorus. You kind of hear a sloppier, a lot more raw [strucure]. I think Nas was the first person to sit down and make it an art. He decided to really do something with it.

Is there any rapper’s debut album that you feel is in the same league as Illmatic?
I think there’s a lot of albums that are in the same league as Illmatic, just like there’s a lot of basketball players in the same league. It’s just how you rank them. I think there’s some albums up there in the same league. Enter The 36 Chambers, Ready To Die, ‘Pac’s albums. I would name them, but just the discography. Liquid Swords.

What is your favorite song off Illmatic?
“Life’s A Bitch,” “One Time For Your Mind, “Halftime,” “It Ain’t Hard To Tell.” I’m basically naming the tracklist. “NY State Of Mind.” The only reason I can’t pick one favorite because it is so short. It’s only ten tracks. You’re like, "Fuck!" And all the tracks hit. I don’t know. I like all of them. “Memory Lane.”

How does it hold up after 20 years?
I think it still holds up very well. That’s crazy that I can listen to it now 20 years later and it still holds up against anything out. Twenty years later. I think it’s gonna stand 20 more years as well.

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Bishop Nehru Will Join Nas On A European Tour

Talk about making a huge come up. Bishop Nehru will have the opportunity to hit the stage with Nas on a European Tour starting next month...

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Bishop Nehru “Fancy (Remix)”

Bishop Nehru decides to try his hand on Iggy Azalea's No. 1 hit "Fancy." With the Aussie rapper's original verses in tact, Bishop adds an edgy verse to balance it out...

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Rihanna showed up fairly early on and could be seen backstage from time to time, and rumors that she would be performing with YG and DJ Mustard wound up to be untrue. There was one hilarious moment, however, right after Nicki Minaj's set: in the backstage area, as 30 people crowded around Nicki while she got into a golf cart and prepared to go back to the Young Money dressing room, Rihanna emerged walking through the crowd, with almost no one noticing her, and walked away without an entourage as the rest of the people there continued to yell Nicki's name.
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Behind The Scenes At Summer Jam 2014

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Boldy James And Fashawn On Signing To Nas’ Mass Appeal Records

Last week, Nas announced that he was launching a new label, Mass Appeal Records, and unveiled a slew of projects in the works, from a posthumous Pimp C album to a compilation with some of hip-hop's current superstars to Nas' The Lost Tapes 2...

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