From an early love of visual arts and books spanning just about every imaginable subject, Bishop embraced music at the age of 13 — a very natural step given a stable, church-based home life that was awash in such diverse music as Beastie Boys, Aretha Franklin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, D.J. Quik, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane and many others.
With an influential aunt who’s a minister, Bishop proudly says, “My background comes from church ... I have to still touch the Gospel realm but make it so it can be accessible to kids and still speak the truth — speak about topics and social issues we’re confronted with but not (push it). It’s a history lesson and deals with a lot of stuff.”
With his mix of street rap, politics, religion and social commentary, Bishop had the good fortune of literally handing his mix-tape “Who I Gotta Kill to Get a Record Deal, Vol.1,” to Dr. Dre at a video shoot. Bishop simply believed the legendary producer was being polite when he said he’d give the tape a listen — right up until Dre announced on top Los Angeles radio station Power 106 that he was planning on working with a young talent he’d been fortunate enough to encounter...Bishop Lamont.