Bishop Lamont

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Bishop Lamont
Birth namePhilip Brandon Martin[1]
Also known asBishop
Born (1978-10-31) October 31, 1978 (age 43)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2000–present

Philip Brandon Martin (born October 31, 1978), better known as Bishop Lamont, is an American rapper from Carson, California. He was signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label and released one project under the label, eventually leaving in 2010.[2]


Born in Inglewood, California,[3] Martin started rapping at age 13. Dr. Dre met Martin while filming The Game's music video for "Dreams".[4] After giving him praise on an L.A. radio station,[5] Dr. Dre signed Martin in 2005. Martin was featured in The Source's Unsigned Hype section, but he had already signed to Aftermath by the time the issue hit stands.

Martin appeared in the soundtrack for the video game True Crime: Streets of LA, performing "True Crime" and "Let's Get It Poppin". He can be heard on three EA Sports video games. Tracks "The Best" and "We Got Next" are included in Madden 2007 and NBA Live 06 respectively. "I'm a Soldier" was included in NFL Street 2. Martin has the title track "Welcome to Havoc", featured in Havoc, a film starring Anne Hathaway.

Together with his War Doggz crew, Martin owns a record label called Diocese Records.[6]

Martin is featured on Dr. Dre's album, Detox.[3][7] According to Martin, Dr. Dre stated that along with Eminem, Martin is the only other rapper that made him uncomfortable, due to his protégé's controversial and political lyrics.[8] Martin's mixtape N*gger Noize was released on March 2, 2007, mixed by DJ Skee.[9][10] On SkeeTV, Martin and DJ Skee described N*gger Noize as being a "street album".[11] Martin stated that after The Reformation and Detox, he will be working on The Impossible Possible, entirely produced by Dr. Dre and Scott Storch. The album was to be released in 2011.[needs update][12]

In 2005, Bishop Lamont was credited to seven songs on Warren G's studio album In the Mid-Nite Hour. Production credits include Battlecat, DJ Premier, The RZA, and Pete Rock.[13] According to Martin, the album is about "rebellion, revolution, the positive and negative things in life and organized chaos".[3] He also released Caltroit 2: Metropolis, containing music not included in the first release of the Caltroit mixtape.[14] In 2008, Martin appeared in Busta Rhymes' music video for "We Made It", and Kardinal Offishall's music video for "Set It Off". In 2009, Bishop was featured on Rob Dyrdek's track "Lights Out: Dirty Girl Part 2."

In January 2010, Bishop confirmed his amicable split from Aftermath/Interscope after five years on the label. Lamont, who walked away with over 700 songs he recorded there, said he still has a relationship with Dr. Dre. He said: "Dre is still my big bro, but after five years of just sitting there, it is kind of unfair to the fans and my family and myself that the release date has changed."[15]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Caltroit (with Black Milk) (2007)
  • The Shawshank Redemption/Angola 3 (2010)
  • The Reformation G.D.N.I.A.F.T (2016)
  • Just Don't Die (2022)
  • Mad/Bishop (TBD)[citation needed]

Mixtapes / Street Albums[edit]

  • Who I Gotta Kill to Get a Record Deal, Vol. 1 (2004)
  • Welcome 2 L.A. (2006)
  • Nigger Noize (with DJ Skee) (2007)
  • Pope Mobile (2007)
  • The Confessional (2008)
  • Team America Fuck Yeah: Special Forces (With Indef) (2009)
  • The Layover (2012)
  • The (P)reformation (2013)


  1. ^ "ACE Repertory".
  2. ^ Aftermath Entertainment Artists Archived May 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. AftermathMusic. Accessed August 10, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Interview with Bishop Lamont January 2006 Archived May 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. AftermathMusic (January 13, 2006). Accessed August 10, 2007.
  4. ^ Paine (February 7, 2007). Bishop Lamont: The Platinum Backpacker Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. AllHipHop. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Jason (February 21, 2007). Dr. Dre Speaks, "Detox Will Definitely Be Out This Year". Rap Basement. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Nima (October 2004). Bishop Lamont Interview. Dubcnn. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  7. ^ Shaheem Reid (February 26, 2007). Mixtape Monday Archived April 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. MTV. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  8. ^ Andres Tardio (February 27, 2007). Bishop Lamont More Controversial Than Eminem?. HipHopDX. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  9. ^ Bishop Lamont & DJ Skee - N*gga Noize. Dubcnn. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  10. ^ Nima (December 2006). Bishop Lamont Interview. Dubcnn. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  11. ^ javidtwins2 (March 3, 2007).SkeeTV and Bishop Lamont. YouTube. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Release Dates Archived May 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. TBOHipHop (January 15, 2007). Accessed August 12, 2007.
  13. ^ Bishop Lamont Archived June 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Bishop Lamont (August 12, 2007). Accessed August 12, 2007.
  14. ^ Bishop Lamont Interview. (November 28, 2007). Accessed November 30, 2007.
  15. ^ Cornish, Melanie (January 10, 2010). "Bishop Lamont A Free Agent, Leaves Aftermath Records".

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