Bishop Nehru seeped onto the scene last year with his Nehruvia mixtape. That project presented the (then) 16-year-old rapper from upstate New York as someone blessed with an endearingly slurry flow and a mature and accomplished take on the world. Since then Bishop Nehru’s stock has been steadily rising and he recently teased on Twitter that he’s about to offer up four projects for release in 2014, one of which has been recorded in tandem with the reclusive super-villain MF DOOM. Here’s the scoop on the impending Nehruvian takeover.
And i’m producing @_QueHampton EP.
— EMPEROR NEHRU (@BishopNehru) January 6, 2014
Can we talk about the four projects you tweeted that you were working on at the moment?
Yeah, sure, what do you want to know?
What’s the Que Hampton EP project about?
Que’s one of my boys, one of my close friends. He raps, he’s was on my songs “Misruled Order” and “Exhale.”
You’re producing the EP, right?
What sort of beats do you make for Que Hampton?
I think Que is good on any type of beats — he’s very good at choosing beats and making the right selection. He usually lets me know while I’m making the beat whether it’s something that he’s interested in and we go from there. We’re not sure when the project will be released though.
What about the Nehruvia: Ununderstandable project?
Well that’s not coming out any time soon. That’s just something I’m working on on the side.
So have you finished any songs for it?
Yeah, I have some. But I’m not gonna reveal too much about that one yet; I don’t really want to talk too much about that one yet until it comes.
What about the P.E.A.C.E. project then?
Yeah, that’s another project that I have coming up but I really don’t want to talk about those until after the DOOM project.
Okay, what can you tell me about that?
Well it’s titled NehruvianDOOM. It’s DOOM producing the beats and I’m rapping over them, though he’s going to be on some of the songs too. We don’t have any outside features, it’s just me and him.
How did the collaboration with DOOM come about?
I met DOOM for the first time a couple of months ago when I went to London. It was my first time out there, I opened for him and Ghostface at the 100 Club and I just happened to run into him after the show and we met like that and we kicked it and talked like that.
What were your first impressions of DOOM?
He’s a cool dude, just like a normal person. We didn’t talk too much about music in that first meeting. We went out to eat at some spot out in London — I don’t really know the places out in London like that — but we went to get burgers and we were just chilling.
What were the burgers like?
They were cool!
Were you surprised that DOOM agreed to do an album with you?
Surprised? Not really. But was I happy? Yes. It’s not like I’m like an artist that it wouldn’t be possible for him to work with me. I knew that he would like my music but it’s still awesome that DOOM wants to work with me, you know? I’m a huge fan as well.
Were you nervous at all about recording music with him?
Not really. He didn’t really offer me feedback on my lyrics or anything, but the first time when he heard the tracks, when I sent him the rough mix back to him, he told me he liked it a lot. It’s not that he didn’t think I was going to go hard on it, but it wasn’t over-the-top but he said it was very good, basically. It felt great to hear him say that.
What’s your favorite DOOM album?
Probably Mm.. Food. It just has its own sound to it, you know? It’s one of those albums that has a unique vibe and feel to it and it just connects with me.
Does NehruvianDOOM have a release date yet?
No, not yet. But keep watching.