Teen rappers are not a new commodity as far as the Hip-Hop community goes. We’ve seen Shad Moss go from Lil Bow Wow to [big] Bow Wow, Master P’s son go from Lil’ Romeo to Romeo, and further back than that we bore witness to Kris Kross take adolescent rhyming to a whole other level. Hell, even LL Cool J debuted at the age of 16. With that said, enter 16-year-old Bishop Nehru.
As we move further and further into the digital age it’s no surprise that more and more younger individuals today are wanting to pursue their dream and shape a career out of a culture dipped in personality. Despite his age, Nehru is no cookie cutter emcee with a penchant for ignorant rhymes about money, women and ice. He’s an educated youngster with an intriguing mind and a passion for the golden era of Hip-Hop.
Taking his name from both Tupac Shakur’s character in the movie Juice (Bishop) and India’s first Prime Minister (Jawaharlal Nehru), not only a rapper, Nehru is also a keen beat maker with aspirations of being an established producer who others turn to for heat.
With just one mixtape to his name – Nehruvia – the old head on his shoulders serves him well. As a young upstart who takes note of those who came before him, the tape offers up a well rounded selection of subject matters, and by jacking [previously used] beats he pays homage to the likes of DJ Premier, MF Doom and J Dilla.
Lyrically delving into matters of the heart, on tracks like “Misruled Order” looking deeper into the connection between crooked cops, the streets and young black males, on the hook Nehru spits, “I gotta stay away from the streets cos the cops trying to put a kid to sleep/ They showing brute force no remorse, there’s a corpse in the middle of the street.”
Other Nehru moments that stand out include the MF Doom sampled “Elder Blossoms.” Fusing both jazz and Hip-Hop with intellectual rhymes that vary in weight, the youngster’s focus on a higher sense of achievement – “But physically I plan on changing history/ With a pen, no pad, and a distant dream/ But distance ain’t an obstacle that’s too much/ I’m closer than you think to the stars, nigga look up” – is inspiring to say the least. With an obvious goal set out with plans, there’s no question this fresh faced rhymer from New York has a bright future ahead.
In the dawning of a new career, those in dire need of an emcee actually saying something needn’t look any further. With an as yet titled debut album in the works for 2013, Bishop Nehru’s reconfiguration of Hip-Hop’s key elements is definitely a beautiful thing in the eyes of the many.
Bishop Nehru’s Nehruvia can be downloaded via DJ Booth here.