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Every few months some little upstart comes along to remind you just how little you've achieved with your life. It could be Manchester United's 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj signing a £30,000 a week contract, or 17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio who sold an app to Yahoo for £18m, or it could be New York hip-hop artist Bishop Nehru who has attracted acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and worked with rap legend DOOM all before his eighteenth birthday.

Spotted by Nas and signed up to his Mass Appeal Records on the strength of his early EPs, Nehru has been co-signed by a number of hip-hop royalty who have spotted the limitless talent in the young rapper. Wise beyond his years, Bishop Nehru jumped at the chance to work with one of his idols and one of hip-hop's underground legends. DOOM handles production on NEHRUVIANDOOM and pipes up on a few tracks but the doesn't intrude on Nehru's verses. The two artists combine seamlessly which is a double edged sword with Bishop Nehru coming across as both accomplished lyricist and DOOM impersonator because of the idiosyncrasy of DOOM's beats.

Straight off the bat, 'First Day of Class' serves as an intro and quickly establishes the production style with DOOM's typical guitar focused beats and a heavy reliance on audio clips from infomercials, tv shows and advertisements. It's classic DOOM but doesn't make for a snappy album opener unlike second track and lead single 'Om' which pairs DOOM's deep tones for the chorus and Bishop Nehru's higher register spitting impressive bars. The combination of verses works brilliantly and DOOM's lyrical influence is spotted early on. The father/son or master/student relationship can be seen in NEHRUVIANDOOM as DOOM gives Nehru space to impress on the mic.

'Mean the Most' showcases Bishop Nehru's mission statement of how he is different from the rest of the crowd. It's not an empty statement as his lyrical content mirrors his beliefs which are mature beyond his years. In an interview with HipHopDX he aired his concerns with the loss of art in hip-hop and the rise of materialism: "I think now, people are too stuck in materialism and man-made things. It took completely away from the art of hip-hop 100%, because people started rapping about the clothes they had and the stuff that they did have instead of what they didn't. That's what Rap really was; it was rapping about the stuff that you didn't have but wanted to see yourself having. So to me, it's just materialism. It's not here for the art anymore. I kind of want to be the one act that does bring the art back to music."

Bishop Nehru couldn't have picked a better mentor than DOOM to make the kind of music he wants to as DOOM has never courted the fame of today's hip-hop megastars. Occasionally DOOM's influence is positive as in 'Coming For You' which sees Nehru paying homage to DOOM's lyrical dexterity with his pronunciation of 'sword' matching that of the master on Madvillainy's 'Accordion'. The main problem that Nehru faces when teaming up with someone as iconic as DOOM is that his own identity is stifled by DOOM's beats and by his presence on 'Caskets' where DOOM's mature and experienced lyrics shine over the young proteges. The two don't go toe-to-toe with verses often on NEHRUVIANDOOM but when they do the tracks are stronger for it despite most being cut short by DOOM's sample heavy production. DOOM is always going to leave you wanting more because of the nature of his production and that hunger for more only serves to make Bishop Nehru an ever more interesting and exciting proposition. Nehru is very good but just quite how good he could become remains to be seen.

NEHRUVIANDOOM is not the album to catapult Bishop Nehru into the mainstream but it's an invaluable step in his hip-hop education. Working with one of the most respected and unique underground artists so early in his career will only serve Nehru in good stead when he decides to make his next move. A smart move would be to forge a more unique sound with his beats but I'm sure 18-year-old Bishop Nehru is a lot wiser than me and already has his life and career planned out.

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