Daring to reach for his dreams

Leungo Mokgwathi

BishopBw collaborates with Rick Ross

Bishop BW, a 23-year-old young Motswana hip-hop artist dared to dream big and now his dreams are becoming a reality faster than even he could have imagined.

From the dusty streets of Shakawe, BishopBW, born Omogolo Pikinini and now residing in South Bethlehem, Philadelphia, USA,the rapper has achieved an enviable feat by landing a collaboration with one of the American music giants, Rick Ross.

Proud to be the only Botswana to have had such a high profile collaboration and brimming with excitement, the young rapper said, “I have been in the industry for a little over two years now. I have however been rapping for a while , although I was doing it just for fun.”

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The song Bishop did with Rick Ross is titled, ‘How I did it’ and answers questions the rapper had or anticipated following such a big collaboration.

“I imagined everyone would be asking how I did it, so the song kind of answers that. But it also generally talks about how I achieved certain things and through it I try to inspire my peers and fans to reach for their dreams.”

” The collaboration came via a connection and relationship I have with a team of producers and artists founded by Gabe Schillinger of Legion Beats and Adrian Boeckeler of Anno Domini.”

Bishop BW says these individuals are famous for helping many talented independent artists (himself included) to score collaborations with a lot of big time artists without breaking the bank.

On how it feels collaborating with such a big artist, Bishop BW said, “It feels surreal and if you told me 2 years ago when I started that I’m gonna have my name next to Rick Ross I wouldn’t believe you. It’s a dream I’ve always had and I knew I’d achieve it one day but I didn’t think it would happen this early in my career. I grew up listening to ‘Rozay’ and it’s guys like him that made the young Omogolo fall in love with hip hop and music.”

He says the collaboration is a milestone that speaks to what we are capable of as Batswana.” I hope it inspires many folks back home to see a young Motswana who came from some of the lowest walks of life reach for the skies.”

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In closing, Bishop BW says he is currently learning as much as he can about the American Hip Hop industry with the intent of using the knowledge to contribute to the growth of our local industry.

The song is available on all streaming platforms and will officially be launched at the end of January.

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