Ask any young rapper who rocks sample-based beats about their influences and you’re likely to hear them mention DOOM. The cult of DOOM, ahead of it’s time when he first released iconic records like 1999’s Operation Doomsday and 2004’s Madvillainy, lives on in the youth. And while the metal-faced villain is elusive, having been stranded in London for the past few years, DOOM is still working. His 2012 album Keys to the Kuffs with Jneiro Jarel (under the group name JJ DOOM) saw him settling into London life and was our last sighting of the villain. Youngsters have continued to pay homage; with everyone from Odd Future to Joey Bada$$ keen to show their worth over jacked DOOM beats on mixtape releases.
In turn, DOOM has embraced the youth back; contributing an instrumental to Joey Bada$$’ Summer Knights mixtape, rapping (under his Viktor Vaughn alias) alongside Earl Sweatshirt on Captain Murphy’s Between Villains and enlisting Jazz trio BadBadNotGood for an official remix on the special edition of Keys To The Kuffs. But when expanding into a full-length collaborative project it was 17-year-old Bishop Nehru, a rapper-producer from Rockland County, NY who attracted DOOM’s attention, having already gained co-signs from the likes of Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, 9th Wonder and even Disclosure.
The resulting record, NehruvianDOOM, drops next month and is bound to impress existing fans of both artists and newcomers alike. We caught up with Bishop to discuss the album, the experience of working with the masked supervillain and the concepts of school and meditation that are explored within the record…
How does it feel to be getting closer to the release of NehruvianDOOM?
I guess it’s pretty cool. I guess it’s just complete. I’m a little nervous, not all the way 100% nervous because I know it’s straight from me every time. I guess it’s just anxiety, I’m anxious, pretty happy and that’s making me be nervous. I dunno, but there is a certain feeling there. I guess I’m kind of happy.
Do you feel any pressure at all to please DOOM fans with this project?
At the end of the day there’s not really a pressure on me to please fans, because I know that people in general like music that is truthful. The things that actually happened in your life, that people can relate to and a lot of the things on this project whether a person likes it or not it’s coming from me, so that’s what keeps me leveled and not worried about things like that, just because it’s from me.