Yesterday we(and Worldstarhiphop) posted this video, from 15 year old up and coming rapper Bishop Nehru, this kid has been putting in work for a while now and is just now starting to get some very well deserved recognition. So we decided to catch up with the kid, and interview him about his life, his thoughts, and most of all his music.
Dope Drops: Explain to the people who you are(Where you’re from,how old you are, etc)?
Bishop Nehru: Im Bishop Nehru, A 15 year old Rapper/Producer/Director/Anything else you could think of. New York is my home and thats about it.
Dope Drops: You used to be Kile Kanvas right? Why did you change that?
Bishop Nehru: Yea, I did, I did. The whole reasoning behind the name change was, the name Kile Kanvas really didnt have to much meaning to me, you know? I wanted a name with a purpose you know like Ice Cube and his name,and that whole Album was still me trying to find who I was as an artist and learning the sampling and mixing parts of music.
Dope Drops: Thats dope, what does the name Bishop Nehru mean to you?
Bishop Nehru: Bishop – (Meaning the character from Juice) Basically was the person who took what he wanted rather than waiting for it to come to him. Nehru – Is the last name of the Prime Minister of India he worked with Ghandi and the whole peace movement they were working with at that time
Dope Drops: You seem to really look up to Tupac
Bishop Nehru: Love him, Biggest inspiration. He’s honestly like the father I never met.
Dope Drops: Who are some of your other musical inspirations?
Bishop Nehru: Pharrell, Eminem, Kanye, Tyler, the Creator, Nas, MF DOOM, and believe it or not Raz Fresco.
Dope Drops: Raz Fresco is tight, what made you want to rap and make beats?
Bishop Nehru: Well, rapping i’ve been doing it since the 2nd grade so its always been apart of me, Honestly Romeo and Bow Bow were my two biggest inspirations back then because they were young so it gave me hope to write. Producing wise ever since my mom purchased Pharrells “In My Mind” i’ve loved beats but I never really got into making my own untill I was like 12 and I heard “Crank That” by Soulja Boy I tried to remake it in FL Studio I was succesful and I knew if I could do that I could make my own.
Dope Drops: Your first tape Kanvas was tight, what’s changed since then musically? and what can we expect from your next tape?
Bishop Nehru: Preciate it man, Although I really dont like that tape at all. But um on my next tape EVERYTHING is different. The vibe, Lyrics, Beats, and wordplay. As far as expectations you should expect the best becauase that what im putting into it.
Dope Drops: How far do you see yourself going with this music thing?
Bishop Nehru: To the top, If I didnt see myself going anywhere else. This whole thing would be pointless. I see myself being remembered as either “The Changer” or “The Bad Guy”
Dope Drops: How tight was it to see your self on worldstar
Bishop Nehru: That shit was incredible dog. The story is actually pretty funny.
Dope Drops: How did it happen?
Bishop Nehru: Well, I had submited the video but oddly enough they said I had to pay to get it on or something. So I just let it go. So now its like 6AM me and my homie are on Xbox playing MW3 and he asked if I wanted Mcdonalds, So i told him come get me and we went or whatever. So I come back inside and decide to check my twitter mentions and all i see is “Shout out to @BishopNehru for his WSHH vid” and “15 Year old blahh blah blah” So I go on worldstar and im like OH shit thats me, First thing I did was hugged my mom.
Dope Drops: Man thats tight, how does she feel about your music career?
Bishop Nehru: I mean she, knows of it and she’s supportive but she wants me to take the school route. I’m not really that type of guy though. So she tries to stay back. My father on the other hand he’s the type that wants to be 100 percent involved and I try and tell him like stay back I want to do this myself but of course he doesnt listen. It’s kind of annoying that he doesnt respect what I say. But it’s whatever fuck it.
Dope Drops: Will smith said it best “Parents just dont understand”. So its summertime, whats your favorite thing about this season?
Bishop Nehru: 110 percent no school, Not because I dont like the academics but because it gives me more time to work on my music.
Dope Drops: What are some of your favorite movies to watch?
Bishop Nehru: Good question, haha. I could literally go on for days. Superbad,Harold and Kumar: GTWC, EFGB, Scary Movie 2 Pineapple Express, Anything with Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill Will Ferrell Movies. Anythng will Martin Lawrence or Will Smith. I have alot more but ill stop there
Dope Drops: Are there any projects from other artists that you are looking forward too?
Bishop Nehru: Im looking forward to Dime Don’s “La Mafia” Raz Fresco’s “PABLO” Chief Keef’s “Finally Rich” 2Chainz “Based on a T.R.U story” and ASAP Rockys “LongLiveASAP” I know im forgetting something lol
Dope Drops: Any last words for out readers?
Bishop Nehru: I appreciate all you guys reading this, be on the look out for my debut album “A Fre$h $tart.” Follow me on twitter @BishopNehru for updates, much love