Bishop Nehru is arguably one of the most intelligent barmen of the generation.
His ability to string words together over difficult, off-beat productions, along with his internal rhyme schemes and classic yet fresh flow revitalizes a hip-hop head like myself. And yet, as I’m enjoying the virtuosity of his bar work, I’m disappointed at the low volume of plays his tracks are getting.
Though tracks like The Game of Life and Fickle Mind$ have gotten a fair share of views, Nehru’s other work, such as his other tracks on Elevators: ACT 1 & 2 are relatively untouched. Nehru is a true MC, his bar work can be compared to that of Joey Badass and Earl Sweatshirt, and his cleverness is apparent.
Take these bars for example: There was a man he was often alone/ Lost in his own thoughts caught in frivolous zone/ Feelin’ there’s no home to go where he’ll fit, and he’ll glow/ So he stayed to himself as he said it in his stone.
The flow combines choppy syllables while incorporating them into a larger rhyme scheme, all while displaying a Cudi-esque introverted nature that could potentially resonate with masses.
And then there’s the age factor: Nehru is only 21. Despite his age, Nehru raps with maturity, though there is an aspect of his music that incorporates the sort care-freeness only available to adolescents. Perhaps it is this maturity that had KAYTRANDA and MF DOOM itching to work with him. Yeah, that’s right, MF DOOM, noticing an MC who at the time was 15 years old. If a legend like DOOM gave Nehru a nod, then we, as hip-hop heads should do the same. Just give him a listen, that’s all I’m saying.