Bishop Nehru has made his comeback with a music video for his new single “Rooftops,” produced by MF DOOM and the first official single from Bishop’s forthcoming album Elevators. Bishop released his first mixtape, Nehruvia, at sixteen years old, a project that also included production from MF DOOM. He and DOOM came together under the name NehruvianDOOM to issue a self-titled studio album in 2014.
Bishop explained the meaning behind the song. “Rooftops” symbolizes the fall of the Titans and how they must rise back into their own powers. They must realize that the “gods” have used their own power against them to reclaim their spot. Like the Titans, we must mentally and more importantly spiritually reclaim our power.”
While the video opts for simple visuals that do not spell out Bishop’s concept in literal terms, his themes are still present but more symbolic within the confines of his simplistic interpretation. The video begins with Bishop standing in close up before we cut to him perched in the foreground of a virtual urban landscape. Over jazzy riffs complimenting a pulsing hip-hop beat, Bishop raps: “I swear, life just ain’t fair And I could barely gather up enough feelings to care. Later in the song: But if a tree falls in the forest and you ain’t near does it still make a sound or will sound disappear?” Somewhat appropriately, Bishop falls off into a hazy void where Bishop ultimately repeats his mantra, his personal ode to overcoming despair to reach your ultimate potential. We see Bishop at the end of the video exiting the scene on an elevator, when it becomes apparent he was standing there when the video began.
When asked to expound further on his new single and soon-to-be-released album, Bishop has this to say. “This project is a collection of my feelings straight from my heart, all of my ideas were created specifically off of instinct and intuitive occurrences,” explains Bishop Nehru on Elevators. “This album is my answer to the question, ‘What would you say your music sound like?’ My answer to that would be ‘Grammy Rap.’ There’s ‘Mumble Rap’ and then there’s ‘Grammy Rap.’ With this project I was largely influenced by music theory and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. This is my attempt at a ‘rap’ Pet Sounds.”