Young New York MC Bishop Nehru is on his grind with his latest mixtape, StrictlyFLOWZ…
At just the tender age of sixteen, Bishop Nehru has let loose his sophomore mixtape StrictlyFLOWZ as a follow-up to debut tape Nehruvia.
For this one, Nehru enlists the help of Peter Rosenberg and the UK’s very own DJ Semtex for hosting purposes, and it sees the young MC (or hip-hop artist, as he likes to be known) moving on from DJBooth who he worked with for his debut mixtape.
StrictlyFLOWZ is a neat ensemble of ten originally produced tracks, and it all begins with bold claims of “This is hip-hop” on the back and forth introductory skit that is Start, where Bishop is challenged by someone that is critical of him and his abilities.
The second track, simply titled Flow 1, sees Nehru start out as he means to go on by exemplifying his penchant for rapping over wonderfully sparse, lo-fi boom-bap beats, and this continues throughout the duration of the mixtape.
The majority of the tracks don’t exceed three minutes, but they don’t need to. It’s all part of the charm of StrictlyFLOWZ, where nothing is allowed to stagnate and it’s all about progression; keeping things flowing and moving. By the end of the tape, Bishop has his critic conceding that he was wrong to doubt him, and he even wants to hear more.
Bishop Nehru has already been mentioned in the same breath as fellow youthful MCs such as Joey Bada$$ and Earl Sweatshirt by the likes of tastemakers such as Noisey, and after giving StrictlyFLOWZ a quick once over it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.
And if putting out material of this calibre when you’re sixteen isn’t enough, Bishop Nehru is set to support none other than Wu Tang Clan on their upcoming 20th Anniversary tour.
Download StrictlyFLOWZ here.
Words by Patrick Swift.