It’s a grey, wet evening in Manchester and the streets are filled with people. The cab drivers’ explanation is the soccer game set to kick off soon, but the cat-emblazoned t-shirts and Supreme caps suggest otherwise. Earl Sweatshirt is playing a sold out show tonight, and the doors should have opened a while ago.
Upstairs in the Manchester Academy, New York’s Bishop Nehru sits in what feels like a very narrow doctor’s office waiting room as he prepares to warm up the crowd ahead of Odd Future’s prodigal son. Despite having released two critically acclaimed mixtapes that attracted the attention from Nas, Kendrick Lamar, and Wu-Tang Clan, Bishop is a quiet kid who speaks without a hint of arrogance. He’s got an album in the works with the legendary and elusive DOOM, and he hasn’t even celebrated his 18th birthday yet.
As the doors finally open and the crowd begins to pour in, Bishop takes a moment to chat about his latest release, working with his idols, and his career so far.
How are you feeling about the reception to “You Stressin’,” your latest single? Could this be your breakthrough single?
I guess it’s great, it’s made what the B-List? It’s made its way up the radio charts so far, so I’m happy for it. I don’t know if it will be the breakthrough. Time will tell! [Laughs]
I heard that at the Birthdays show yesterday, everybody was looking forward to hearing that one. Disclosure was an unexpected collaboration. How did that come about?
It was what they actually sent over. It wasn’t too crazy or anything, so I was willing to work with them to see what they’d come up with.