One of the main elements of hip-hop culture has always been the artistry in music. More specifically, hip-hop music usually thrives on a song’s ability to reflect intimate stories painted by talented lyricists, which of course is complemented with brilliant sound production. West coast hip-hop veteran, Bishop Lamont is popularly known as legendary producer Dr. Dre’s former protégé, whom Lamont has had the privilege of creating music side-by-side with. Lamont has continuously fought against all odds to keep the genuine hip-hop culture alive through his music and continues to succeed by winning the hearts of many adoring fans.
The Reformation embodies everything Lamont has worked towards in an attempt to establish a lasting impression in the hip-hop culture. In fact, the first music video to kick off The Reformation is “Back Up Off Me” featuring Xzibit, produced by King Karnov and co-produced by Chris Noxx & Focus. Watch the video below.His long awaited debut is finally here and available for purchase on itunes. An exclusive vinyl edition, 6 panel cd digipak and other custom merchandise are also available right now on www.bishoplamont.com!
It’s not a unicorn, it’s not a chupacabra, it’s not big foot, IT’S FOR REAL!!! Rejoice real HIP HOP is back! So all my true HIP HOP heads and die hard fans, GO GET THAT SHIT!!! SALUTE! – Bishop Lamont
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To supplement the new release, the Artist Spotlight Channel on Traklife Radio gives listeners the opportunity to take an exclusive listen at a special curated list of Lamont’s songs, past and present.
How does it feel to make the front page on iTunes?
AMAZING is all I can say!!!! And thank you to everyone over at Beats1, AppleMusic, and Platoon that made it all happen!
You just released your album in physical form as well as digital. What are your thoughts on tangible copies of music becoming more rare, or eventually obsolete?
Physical music will never become obsolete. I imagine in the distant future that there will still be Vinyl collectors, CDs, even Cassettes still!😂 There’s just a whole other level of connection between music heads and the tangible forms thru which we experience it. Long as touch is one of our senses, as humans we will yearn to have physical forms for music.
What is your favorite thing about being an artist, and what is your least favorite?
My favorite thing is being able to impact the world with my words, ideas, and music. It can really change lives, save lives, and inspire and this process can occur simultaneously all over the world infinitely and I may never know unless the fans or that person reaches out and says so. I make my music to heal now more than anything else, it’s audio therapy. The part I don’t like of being an artist is the corrupt and destructive music biz model. It’s not in place to preserve or empower the artist. I will leave it there for now. Peep out my YouTube channel show that’s going to start soon discussing my experiences, ideas, and advice for new artist. Gonna be fun, insightful, also very ignorant!!!😂😂😂
Your fans really came thru to support The Reformation before and after its release. What are your most memorable (best and worst) fan moments?
All I have is good memories of my fans!!! No bad ones, cause my fans don’t come at me sideways and my fans are real people!!! No fuck boys or fuck girls can play my music!!!
You have had a long career in music and have worked with many talented artists and producers. Do you have any favorite collaborations?
Too many to consider, I’ll say having my Daughter Kennedy on a song called “Here we go again” off my new album is my most favorite tho!
If you can change one event in hip-hop history, what would it be and why?
Sounds crazy, but Big L would still be here, Pac, Biggie, Jam master Jay, Big pun, Dilla, Baatin, Proof, Nate Dogg. I know u said one, but I had to say all of them anyway! Trust it would be longer!😂😂😂
If you can give one piece of advice to an aspiring rapper, what would it be?
Follow your heart! Trust your gut. For more info, peep out my YouTube show!!! Coming soon!!!!😀
What will be Bishop Lamont’s legacy?
Wow!!! Toughest question!!! Which I can only answer by saying, stay tuned……
To further our Artist Spotlight Feature, you can catch Bishop Lamont in person on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 for a special Meet And Greet from 6 – 10 pm pst at the Brewyard in Glendale. We’re also coming together to make a difference in our community by hosting a Toy Drive! More details are on the Traklife’s Facebook Event.
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