Bishop Nehru is someone we are rooting for at P.S. 4080. Besides being from the same area (845!) as us, Bishop demonstrates that he can make music that we’re naturally inclined to lean towards: head nod deep production with sharp flows and purposeful lyrics. And until he fully realizes his potential, he’ll most likely be the only hometown hero we champion. Besides this guy.

Following Bishop’s trajectory is an interesting one since he’s a public figure that the world has had the opportunity to get to know at a young age (16). And with the average age of new rappers continually getting lower, it’s easy to lose sight of how young they are as humans. Think about how much of the person you are today when you were 16… or even 21. Your significant, real life experiences are numbered, unless you served in the army or have another asterisk next to your name for life stats. It’s understandable for a rapper not to record an album of penetrating storytelling until he/she has reached a certain point in life. Just look at how Jay-Z was rapping before and after Reasonable Doubt dropped. It’s like day and night.

I say all of this because Bishop hasn’t reached whatever magical age that is for a rapper. And it’s not the same for everyone. He just turned 21—the same age when Nas dropped Illmatic. Remember, Jay didn’t drop Reasonable Doubt until he was 27. And on Elevators: Act I & II, he’s starting to share more of his personal life and themes in his music that will hopefully become more impactful ones.

Yes, the production from DOOM and Kaytranada are dope. They split their contributions evenly down the middle. It’s just that Bishop sticks to slick rhymes about snuffing fakes and staying true to himself in ways we’ve heard before. The closest he comes to making himself vulnerable is on “No Idea” but I’ve only come to learn the stress he’s been dealing with after texting him. He relates that he’s disagreed with his parents on several things like religion: “Parents are the biggest mind control in life. They literally mold you & I’ve always been rebellious. So just some disagreements as I’m stepping into adulthood.”

You can file the album under “Good. Let’s see what he does next.” Props to DOOM and Kaytranada for recognizing the potential and putting their names down as a co-sign with the album. And check out “Get Away” and “Rooftop” for the flow clinic Bishop puts on.