Bishop Nehru names Nas, Tupac Shakur, MF Doom, and Wu-Tang Clan as his musical influences.
After receiving a shout out from Nas at the Grammys and being referred to as the “future of music” by the Queensbridge rapper, Bishop Nehru believes a possible collaboration with Nas could be in the works. The Rockland County, New York lyricist did not confirm or deny the existence of a project with Nas, but did reveal that he’s “sure” something will come out of his interactions with the rapper.
“I mean, you never know what could happen in the future, man,” Bishop Nehru said during an interview with Vlad TV. “You never know what the future holds. I hope me and Nas [will] get an album done. That’s for sure...I’m not accepting it. I’m not denying it either. I’m just leaving it open. I’m leaving it open for time to tell…We haven’t really worked yet, but I met him—We met in L.A. and we had dinner and we were just chilling—well lunch. And we were just chilling. Talking about movies. We were just chilling. So, I mean, I’m sure—I’m sure music will come out of it. That’s one of my influences. So, I’m sure hopefully I can get some music out of it.”
Bishop Nehru later referred to Nas as his favorite rapper and also named the likes of Tupac Shakur, MF Doom, and Staten Island spitters Wu-Tang Clan as artists who have influenced him.
He also credited his appreciation for Nas and his music to growing up in a household where the Queens lyricist’s music was played frequently.
“I think Nas is my favorite rapper,” he said. “I think it probably goes Nas, Pac, Doom. And then Wu. Probably as much as influences. I don’t think I can name my favorite rapper because it’s so many. And lyric-wise, it’s just I don’t think you can rank ‘em. But in my list that’s how it goes…When I was younger she had all Nas’ tapes and all everything. Nas was probably the most—like the rapper I was around the most as a kid. Nas, Pharrell, I was around those type of like, that type of music as a kid.”
Although the status of a possible collaboration between Nas and Bishop Nehru is unknown, Nehru is working with masked emcee MF Doom on a project titled Nehruvian Doom.
"It's called Nehruvian Doom, it's going to be about seven songs," Bishop Nehru said while speaking with XXL earlier this month. "There's no way to really explain it. It's just kind of its own little feel, it's own little sound. I don't think anything really compares to it."
Another artist in line for a possible collaboration with Nas is Fresno, California emcee Fashawn. The rapper says despite failed meetups with the Queensbridge lyricist, he was finally able to meet Nas at South By Southwest.
"Me and Nas were supposed to meet on a few occasions, but it never happened due to scheduling conflicts between the both us," Fashawn said in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. "He decided to fly me out to [Austin,] Texas for SXSW so we [could] finally meet...I didn't even plan on attending SXSW this year, but I got a personal invite from one of the greatest of all time. I would've been a fool to refuse that plane ticket."