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Bishop Lamont
Birth name Philip Man
Also known as Bishop
Born October 31, 1978 (1978-10-31) (age 31)
Origin Carson, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Aftermath/Interscope (2004-2010)
Associated acts Dr. Dre, Hayes, Slim da Mobster, 50 Cent, Eminem

Philip Martin (born October 31, 1978 in Inglewood, California[1]), better known by his stage name Bishop Lamont, is an American rapper from Carson, California, who was signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label.[2]



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

According to Martin, Dr. Dre said that along with Eminem, Martin is the only other rapper that made him uncomfortable. Dr. Dre said that this is due to his protégé's controversial and political lyrics.[5]

Martin is credited for his numerous soundtrack contributions. He has appeared in the soundtrack for the video game True Crime: Streets of LA. He can also be heard on three EA Sports video games. The tracks "The Best" and "We Got Next" are included in Madden 2007 and NBA Live 2006, respectively. Also, the track "I'm a Soldier" was included in NFL Street 2. In addition, 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 widely believed to be one of the more prominent rappers to be featured on Dr. Dre's highly anticipated album, Detox much like the role of Snoop Dogg on The Chronic and lablemate Hittman on Chronic 2001.[1] Dr. Dre himself confirmed that Martin is to be heavily featured on the album.[7] The Carson, California-based rapper is also working on his debut album, tentatively titled The Reformation which is due out in the third or fourth quarter of 2009.[8] Martin's mixtape/album N*gger Noize was released on March 2, 2007. It was mixed by DJ Skee and consists of all original content.[9][10] On Skee TV, Martin and DJ Skee described N*gger Noize as being a "street album".[11] Martin stated in an interview with that after The Reformation and Detox, he will be working on The Impossible Possible which will be entirely produced by Dr. Dre and Scott Storch. The album will be released in 2011.[12]

It has also been reported that Martin is in the studio working for The Reformation with Chris Martin from Coldplay. Planned sessions with Eminem and 50 Cent are in order. Production credits will include Battlecat, DJ Premier, Scott Storch, The RZA, Damizza, Pete Rock, and others.[13] In a December 2006 interview with Dubcnn, Martin said that The Reformation is 60% completed. He also stated that his album is to be released before Detox.[10] According to Martin, the album will be about "rebellion, revolution, the positive and negative things in life and organized chaos".[1]

In addition, he also announced he will be releasing Caltroit 2: Metropolis which contains all the extra music that wasn't included in the first release of the Caltroit mixtape. He also said will feature Slum Village, Royce Da 5'9, Talib Kweli and others.[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 November 2008, Bishop Interviewed with and discussed his beef with The Game which seems to have started as far back as Game's track "100 Bars (The Funeral)"[15]

In January 2010 Bishop confirmed his amicable split from Aftermath/Interscope after five years on the label. Lamont, who allegedly walks away with over 700 songs he recorded there, said he still has a relationship with Dr. Dre, "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 when all these people are waiting."[16]

Release From Aftermath Rumor

On April 4, 2009 DJ Vlad released a video claiming Bishop Lamont had been released from Aftermath Entertainment. In the video, it was stated that a dispute between Dr. Dre and Bishop Lamont forced Dr. Dre to drop Bishop from Aftermath, which would have been very disappointing for Martin seeing that Aftermath Entertainment is very popular and successful record label, which would boost his career. The video went on to say Bishop is still signed to the parent company, Interscope Records, and was possibly signing with 50 Cent's label G-Unit Records.[17]

However, later that day Bishop Lamont promptly released a video refuting his alleged release from Aftermath Entertainment and condemning DJ Vlad. Bishop also stated the beef between him and The Game is over. But The Game released a song called Red Rockin' featuring Germ Ghee dissing him.[18] An interview displayed on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Music website states that these are rumors and he remains an Aftermath artist. It has been officially confirmed.

However, while the split wasn't official at the time DJ Vlad was correct as on January 9th, 2010 Bishop announced on Shade 45 that he was officially released from Aftermath taking with him 700 of his masters.


  • Who I Gotta Kill to Get a Record Deal, Vol. 1 (2001)
  • Welcome 2 L.A. (2005)
  • On My Way to Own tha Biz (2005)
  • Nigger Noize 2007)
  • Pope Mobile(2007)
  • The Confessional (2008)
  • Team America Fuck Yeah: Special Forces (With Indef) (2009)


  1. ^ a b c Interview with Bishop Lamont January 2006. AftermathMusic (January 13, 2006). Accessed August 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Aftermath Entertainment Artists. AftermathMusic. Accessed August 10, 2007.
  3. ^ Paine (February 7, 2007). Bishop Lamont: The Platinum Backpacker. AllHipHop. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  4. ^ Jason (February 21, 2007). Dr. Dre Speaks, "Detox Will Definitely Be Out This Year". Rap Basement. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Andres Tardio (February 27, 2007). Bishop Lamont More Controversial Than Eminem?. HipHopDX. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Nima (October 2004). Bishop Lamont Interview. Dubcnn. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  7. ^ Shaheem Reid (February 26, 2007). Mixtape Monday. MTV. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  8. ^ Bishop Lamont Interview. AftermathMusic (July 17, 2007). Accessed August 12, 2007.
  9. ^ Bishop Lamont & DJ Skee - N*gga Noize. Dubcnn. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  10. ^ a b 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. TBOHipHop (January 15, 2007). Accessed August 12, 2007.
  13. ^ Bishop Lamont. Bishop Lamont (August 12, 2007). Accessed August 12, 2007.
  14. ^ Bishop Lamont Interview. (November 28, 2007). Accessed November 30, 2007.
  15. ^ Bishop Lamont Interview. (November 4, 2008). Accessed November 10, 2008.
  16. ^ Cornish, Melanie (2010-01-010). "Bishop Lamont A Free Agent, Leaves Aftermath Records".  
  17. ^ "Breaking News: Dr. Dre Releases Bishop Lamont From Aftermath". April 4, 2009
  18. ^ [1]

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