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Zev Luv X entered the rap game at 17 years old, as 1/3 of a group called Kausing Much Damage, or KMD for short. They’d later change the letters to stand for “a positive Kause in a Much Damaged society,” as “positivity” and dropping knowledge was kind of an “in” thing in hip-hop at the time, believe it or not. That wasn’t the only name change, as Zev would go on to become MF Doom when he later resurfaced as a mysterious masked solo artist.

Given how history has played out, its not too surprising that Doom has taken a new 17 year old under his wing, Bishop Nehru, as perhaps he sees a bit of himself in the young emcee. Teaming for NehruvianDOOM, a fateful collaboration album that found Doom linking up with the kid after hearing a few freestyles over some of his Special Herbs instrumentals.

Whether those instrumentals were used here matters not to this critic, as I stopped listening to the beat tape series years ago, as Doom made it a practice to ship those same beats off to other rappers, or just simply use them again for his own rhymes. Listening to those instrumental albums recreationally was like downloading unfinished leaks or peeking at your birthday presents before you opened them.

Bishop is not as entertaining to listen to as DOOM is, but then again neither was Zev Luv X at that age. The comparison is inevitable, as Bishop indirectly pays homage to “Peachfuzz” on the love rap “Mean The Most,” weather he realizes it or not. His youthful expression comes through on “So Alone” and “Great Things,” opposite sides of the same coin that find him looking towards the future.

All of this is animated by the scarily consistent production from DOOM, whose presence is felt even if he only appears on a few tracks (“Om”, “Caskets”). In the usual style, the album is sewn together with a series of unrelated yet topical TV and film samples, giving it a cohesive feel in its brief nine songs.

NehruvianDOOM is not mind blowing, but its still very solid. Sure, fans would rather see Ghostface or Madlib collaborating with DOOM instead, but Bishop has potential for greatness at his young age. After all, we never would have expected the career of Zev Luv X to take the path that it did.

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11 Responses to "Bishop Nehru + DOOM – “NehruvianDOOM” – @@@@ [Review]"
  • JJ says:

    Quite interested to which new Mc’s some are referring to that would make DOOM no longer relevant LOL. I do agree this project is not his best, but I did like the JJ Doom project a lot from 2 years ago. I would not be surprised if he will return within reasonable timeframe with an effort that will change the game, once again.

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