Krystele Guy -- aka Lady Bishop -- grew up in Trinidad W.I before she and her family eventually settled in Brooklyn, New York. Once there she didn’t have
an easy start, but her mother kept the family afloat. Academically Lady Bishop was always a good student who often found herself finishing fights picked
by others. Even at a young age her teachers knew her talent was writing and performing. Aside from being in every possible school play, she was often
caught writing poems. One day a school security guard reading what she called poems conceived them as songs, a way to keep her out of trouble, he
introduced her to a group of Hip-Hop rap freestylers and the rest is history.
Since then Lady Bishop has performed in various clubs, released 3 albums, countless amounts of singles, featured on hundreds of Mix-Tapes across
the world, featured with various artists and is known for hosting various music/fashion/upscale events. Lady Bishop was the first Female Rapper to Star
in the Castillo Theatre Off-Broadway Play Hip-Hop Cabaret in 2001 and nominated Best Female Rapper for the Underground Music Awards in
2006. She’s also been interviewed in various magazines like the national Source Magazines and interviewed by internet and top radio host on
mainstream radio stations (like N.Y.C Hot 97’s DJ Kay Slay). Lady Bishop has also been featured on some of Hop-Hop’s top websites (like AllHipHop.
com) and social networks.
When asked about Lady Bishop, most may say “I know her she’s a rapper from Brooklyn, NY”. What many may not know is Lady Bishop was awarded for
her Community Leadership along side Hip-Hop great DJ Red Alert, actor Malik Yoba and news anchor Diana Taylor. She takes pride in serving the
community and is also an advocate for pets. Lady Bishop has done community service from nursing homes to pre- schools. She enjoys the many speaking
engagements she's done at schools and prisons. Coming from the street life, she is living proof that following your dreams are worth it . Lady Bishop is an
advocate for animals and in the past 13yrs she has worked with various species. She’s was the National Spokesperson for the Urban Animal Alliance,
along with other artist, athletes, entertainers an ordinary citizen, working together to bring awareness to animal cruelty. Lady Bishop continues to spread
the word on Animal Welfare through Triple A for NYC Pets a Non-Profit Organization she founded in 2009.
Currently she is the President of Grynd Mobb Music Group. In February 2012 Lady Bishop released her much anticipated album "868" (Hip Hop
meets Dancehall). This album is Hip Hop at it's best, yet it includes some tracks with a reggae twist. "868" (Hip Hop meets Dancehall) follows her previous
album "M3" (Music Money & Me) re-released, June 2009 (available on iTunes) July 2012 Mix Tape "Ambition of a Rider" was released along with
"Street Life" Triple A Pets Music (available for free Download). Along with great Street music Lady Bishop continues to use her talent to produce "Triple
A Pets Music" which is music that helps spread the word on Animal Welfare . Until then, “The life you save may not be yours but It’s valuable” Adopt,
Spay, Neuter and keep supporting great music, where the cause isn’t just to entertain the hood it also educates the hood.
1. Who is this Lady Bishop?
Lady Bishop Is a hard working woman, who knows what she, wants and doesn’t mind grinding to get it. Some people would say I’m very cocky but I won’t use
the word VERY. I’ve work really hard to accomplish the things I have and it shows. Plus I’m not afraid to show who I am unlike others.
2. Where are you from? Where do you reside now?
I was born in Trinidad W.I, been a couple places and I now call Brooklyn, NY my home.
3. What was life like growing up where you’re from?
From the outside looking in it was great. But on the inside it was tough. When my family first came to Brooklyn my mother and her husband (do not call him my
step farther) part ways. Which made us hit rock bottom. Many days my mother walked hours to and from work because she wanted to provide us with
everything she could. I was always known as one of the freshest kids in school but little did they know my family was almost homeless. At that time my father
was still in Trinidad, so he couldn’t help like he did in my teenage years. Growing up I was always called the ugly kid, which is something I grew to believe to this
day. I was skinny with big feet, thick curly hair and wore glasses. Still I’m grateful because I’ve grown to be comfortable in who I am. I got into numerous trouble
as a teenager, throughout it all my parents stood by my side not giving up or turning their backs on me. Looking back at my self I was out of control. But I
wouldn’t change my past for the world. I’m grateful I that God gave me breathe to survive my destructive ways. This is why I have NEVER CHANGE tattooed on
my back. Then I didn’t like myself or would’ve believed I would’ve lived this long. Now I love my life and I’m eternally happy to have gone through the things that I
4. How did you earn the name Lady Bishop?
The name Bishop was given to me by my friends who always said that I can convince anyone to give or do anything, much like a bishop of a church. Then Juice
came out and of course I was a Pac fanatic and his character reflects how I can become if rubbed the wrong way, and it snowballed from there. I also dated a
guy who was also known as Bishop so I added Lady in front thinking it would make a difference but many still call me just Bishop.
5. When were you inspired to become a Hip-Hop artist and why do you peruse it as a career?
Honestly I originally turned to writing as a way to express myself to myself because I didn't open up to others. Since then I fell in love with Hip-Hop begun
recording and performing.
6. How would you classify your style of Hip-Hop?
7. What are some challenges you encounter as an emerging artist.
One being a woman alone is a challenge. There are those who believe that in order to get something you have to give something (sex) and this is something I
don’t go for. Other artist who recognizes I’m a force and they try to make me fall of track or distract me. There are even some artists who’ll write silly songs to
have subliminal words towards me in there songs so that they can cause beef. I guess this is their way of having there name mentioned in the same arena or
sentence as mines.
8. How do you overcome those challenges?
By being the nonchalant person I often am. I was told that “nobody likes a winner” and I believe that. Once I bring myself to their level I will no longer be a
winner and automatically will become a looser so I will never fall for silly beef. My music and swagger speaks for itself. As long as I keep satisfying my fans
and keep being Lady Bishop the haters who wish to be me or on my level will always hate.
9. What are some things you want to accomplish as you peruse your musical goals?
I have done Off-Broadway but I will love to be on the big screen or host really big musical and non-musical events. Also I’ll love to run my own company.
10. If given the opportunity to collaborate with an established entertainer which one would be and why?
I would be Dr. Dre because he is the one stop shop. His production is still on point and I like his west coast swag on tracks. I still listen to his albums because
11. Who were your musical influences and why?
Where do I start? I have many influences I listen to all types of music. 2 Pac, Channel Live, Nas, Rick Ross, Scarface, Buju Banton, Tamia Stephen, Bob Marley,
Simon and Garfunkel, Luther, R Kelly, Patti and I’ve grown to love T.I. Just to name a few. They are all people who always show who they are and have
12. Where will Lady Bishop be in the next five years?
I will be everywhere….
13. If you were not involved in music what would you be doing?
I would be doing what I do now. On top of my love for performing arts, I have an enormous passion for community outreach and animals. In 2001 was awarded
for my community outreach along side Malik Yoba and DJ Red Alert. I work with hundreds of Animals Shelters, Rescue groups an Individuals finding homes for
abandoned animals that are sick injured or otherwise face euthanasia. It fulfils me. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I will not commit myself to
something without a worthy cause. And I strongly believe in this is. This is why I created Triple A for NYC Pets
14. Is there anything else you would like to add or share with your fans?
I just want to thank my fans, family and all those who support me. Follow me like Twitter all the way to the top.
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