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02-07-2007, 07:32 PM

On one hand you can count D.O.C., Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Eminem. On the other, you can list Lady of Rage, Hittman, and Joe Beast. Throughout his decades-long run of music mastery, Dr. Dre has pulled a lot of new artists to work with him. Some have become overnight superstars, while others waited until they faded from sight. Dreís latest discovery has been Carson, Californiaís Bishop Lamont. As critics make comparisons to both sides of the scale, rest assured that Bishop Lamont is nothing like youíve ever heard before.

Working with the one producer that only Hip-Hopís highest class can touch, Bishop Lamont, the self-proclaimed ďPlatinum BackpackerĒ canít speak enough about the little guys. Whether itís early Ď90s producers like Lord Finesse, Evil Dee, and Pete Rock, or heís championing Dilated Peoples, Madlib, and Self-Scientific, this is what happens when a man of the people gets the deal of his dreams. While some write off Bishop as The Game 2.0, AllHipHop.com shows you why the Bishop isnít in the pulpit in a ďChurch For Thugs.Ē As Reformation gets its finishing touches, get to know the most patient man in Hip-Hop, the music that saved his life, and why Bishop Lamont, the one guy who doesnít have to, might be throwing Nasí Hip-Hop a life-preserver big enough for 15 years of Hard to Earn historyÖ

AllHipHop.com: Youíre the first person with a mainstream profile to mention people like Oh No, Roc C, and others. To what extent would you say youíre like them Ė a man of the people, or an underground artist?

Bishop Lamont: Thatís what I started with. Itís just that since I signed to Dr. Dre, people started treating me like Iím someone else; Iím the same person. My backpack is just dipped in platinum now. Iíve always been a street n***a that was a Hip-Hop n***a. I was at Good Life, at Project Blowed, at the Unity concerts, The Wake-Up Shows, Friday Night Flavors with Mr. Choc. People just donít know how to connect with you. ďHow you gonna know about Dilated Peoples, Slum Village, and Ras Kass?Ē Come on, dude. Thatís their perception. I took the backpack moniker as a proud thing, as a badge.

AllHipHop.com: Weíve seen that before with people like Xzibit. Being on Interscope, with Dre, do you feel pressure to grow into that platinum, and not enough of that backpack?

Bishop Lamont: No, itís no pressure on me. Itís not even a thought in my mind. Iím gonna put all the motherf**kers I want on my album, but thereís just so many people I want to work with from the underground scene that I want to work Ė thatís my pressure. Right now, I already got Lord Finesse, [DJ Premier], Pete Rock, J Dilla, Madlib, at the same, I still got my Dre records Ė heís doing five or six for the album Ė I got my Scott Storch records, I still gotta get [DJ] Quik on there, Evil Dee on there, I got Just Blaze blessiní me, I got Bink! blessiní me, I got Buckwild, Salaam Remi. Thatís the only stretch, tryiní to put it together; I got a gang of crazy 9th Wonder records. How can I balance it and make sure all these mothaf**kas is represented on the record? If I canít do it on this album, I gotta do it on the second album. Iím trying to hit it so hard and put the underground scene back on the map, and bring it above ground. The only thing there is Ė is good and bad music.

AllHipHop.com: As you list those people that you mention, at no point in Hip-Hop have we seen that. The closest thing might be Jay-Zís Black Album or Biggieís Ready to Die as far as covering all the bases. Thatís groundbreaking.

Bishop Lamont: Production is important. Mothaf**kas expect you to be like, ďI just want Pharrell to do all my records, and Scott Storch.Ē They forget Scott Storch started with The Roots on the Organix album, they forget that Scott understands Hip-Hop, the Run-DMCs, the Cella Dwellas, the Boogiemonsters, the StetsasonicsÖitís imperative that we bring that back and still be successful; it can be done. People donít expect me to hang out with Slum Village; thatís my f**kiní family. Elzhi is one of the dopest n***as to me, ever. [Slum Village producer] Black Milk and I are doing an album together called Caltroit, bringing Cali and Detroit together. Talib [Kweli] is one of my favorite MCs, Madlib and Dilla, when they did [Jaylib] together, just dope s**t. All the people that are d**k-riders with trends, theyíll wanna go get these [albums].

AllHipHop.com: We saw Glasses Malone appear on Roc Cís album All Questions Answered album. Do you think youíre in a situation where you can work with these guys just as easily as they can work with you? Will the paperwork get in the way?

Bishop Lamont: Thatís just a handshake. It ainít nothiní to me. It ainít about makiní money, itís about makiní a movement stronger and recogniziní dope n***as. I did a mixtape record with Little Brother, as well as doiní something with Kardinal Offishall. Itís not about paperwork. Look at the n***as who is moviní together, that brings up everybodyís value simultaneously.

AllHipHop.com: You mentioned Cella Dwellas. Nobody brings that up anymore. How many records or CDs do you own these days?

Bishop Lamont: I got too many. Thatís probably why I put such a dent in my advance [budget], Ďcause Iím always rebuying old CDs. I got my tapes, but you [play them until the words are inaudible]. I would say over 20,000 CDs just to be safe. I still got these motherf**kiní things on vinyl and cassette [too]. I grew up on Cella Dwellas, Lords of the Underground. Das EFX, Keith Murray Ė thatís the s**t thatís important to me. They kept me out of trouble. I was at home listeniní to they records instead of in the street selliní drugs and shootiní n***as. Theyíre the reason I was in high school telliní teachers, ďF**k you, Iímma be rich.Ē I didnít know how, but [they helped me]. Itís my responsibility to recognize a Keith Murray, an Erick Sermon, a Redman from Muddy Waters or What? Thee Album, because I can remember where I was when I first heard that album. That s**t is exciting to me Ďcause thatís when it used to be fun to me Ė when I first heard [Olí Dirty Bastardís] ďBrooklyn ZooĒ or [Wu-Tang Clanís] ďDa Mysteries of ChessboxiníĒ or when I first heard Biggie on the Supercat remix, or ďBuncha N***asĒ on Heavy Dís Blue Funk album. Thatís what I have to vocalize about, Ďcause all these kids think ďold schoolĒ is 106 & Park playiní ďToss it UpĒ by 2Pac. No n***a, thatís í96! To me, thatís not that long ago.

AllHipHop.com: You said Hip-Hop kept you out of the streets. Mitchy Slick pointed out to me this year that no West Coast superstar has ever been able to exist, without ties to the street. That said, how do you feel?

Bishop Lamont: We haviní this interview, so obviously, somethingís workiní right. Dre wanted to sign me. We doing Detox, itís there. Itís just about n***as being themselves. N***as is so concerned with beiní gangstas. Iím always [asking], ďWhoís really a man?Ē That s**t is not nothiní to me. Itís about me spittiní this pimpiní, and puttiní some s**t down for Hip-Hop. ďIím a gangsta, Iím real, f**k with me!Ē I respect the n***as in the streets, be they killas, dope-dealers, Muslims, scholars, squares Ė I have peopleís respect. Canít nothiní but a man and a real mothaf**ka get that. Thatís where I leave it. Dr. Dre is my best friend, Busta Rhymes is my best friend, Dame Dash is my business consultant, I have Jay-Zís respect, what the f**k do I got to say?

AllHipHop.com: People act like youíre still unheard. You were all over Warren Gís last album In the Mid-Nite Hour. To what extent, although people focus on Dre, would you say Warren put you on?

Bishop Lamont: Warren G has been instrumental in everything that weíre talkiní about thus far. Remember, if it wasnít for Warren G, there never would have been a Snoop Dogg, a Nate Dogg, a Dogg Pound. He brought that Snoop Dogg demo to Dr. Dre. So indirectly, directly, not only did he create Death Row, but he also saved Def Jam. N***as never give Warren his props! Warren saved me. Warren put me in the game. Itís important that thatís stressed, but people are only concerned with what Dr. Dreís doing and what Iím doing with Dr. Dre, when Iíve had four or five records on the radio, when Iíve been doing s**t with Warren G, when Iíve been on video games, when Iíve been doing mixtapes. I understand thatís the perception of how the industry works. If Dr. Dre says youíre hot, or Jay-Z says youíre hot, then youíre hot. How long has Self Scientific been fresh? How long has DJ Muggs and the Soul Assassins movement been fresh? How long has Dilated Peoples been fresh? Jurassic 5? Slum Village? Little Brother? That s**t frustrates me.

AllHipHop.com: On a typical day for you, how many chumps ask you about Detox?

Bishop Lamont: Oh my God! Imagine being at the f**kiní gym, tryiní to do pull-ups and motherf**kas is askiní you about Dr. Dre, Detox, and ďCan you listen to my demo?Ē Go to Red Lobster, [same thing]. Itís a double-edged sword. I appreciate the blessing, but at the same time, my office hours are from nine-to-five. [Laughs]. Itís Burger King. I mop the floors, I fry the fries, I do the drive-thru, but I canít ever take my uniform off. When I get home, motherf**kas is askiní me for a milkshake and a Whopper.

AllHipHop.com: But how often do you have to pull back and remember yourself doing that with Dre?

Bishop Lamont: Let me explain something. I was on the set of [The Gameís] ďDreamsĒ and Delaney [of Czar Entertainment] passed [my demo] to Dre, Ďcause he asked for one. I never bother artists for s**t like that, Ďcause I know what n***as go through. I try to listen to demos as much as I can. But itís also a thing of personal space. People gotta under, just Ďcause Iím signed to Dr. Dre donít mean Iím rich already. I have to pave my way. I got a crew of people Iíve been down with for years Iím tryiní to help. Itís a long-ass line.

AllHipHop.com: You mentioned The Game. After he took some pot-shots at you, have you spoken?

Bishop Lamont: We still havenít had a chance to talk. I got love for Game. He just was in a situation where thought, ďOh, Iíma lash out at Aftermath, and Iíma diss Bishop.Ē He never knew me well enough to speak on me. I heard him when he went on radio and apologized to me on KDAY and Power. Still, as men, we have to sit down and talk Ďcause thereís a bigger situation to repair, and thatís him and his brother Big Fase 100. Itís about brothers, family, itís not about f**kiní rap.

AllHipHop.com: Okay, so whatís the timetable for Reformation?

Bishop Lamont: Man, itís up to Dre. Iím finishing up my record. Heís about to do four, five, or six for it. Weíre doing Detox. So really, at the end of the day, honestly, itís on Dre. Iím not in no rush to not have no privacy.

AllHipHop.com: Youíre excited though, talking about itÖ I know you wanna move on to the promotion and the next project tooÖ

Bishop Lamont: I already see it happeniní, just by us haviní this conversation, and knowiní people wanna talk to my monkey-ass. When itís somethiní this big, thatís been in my heart since I was a kid, Iím on Godís schedule. God is gonna interpret Dreís schedule for it. Learn to hurry up and wait. Donít force the universe. The universe is gonna align for you.