Bishop TGM Brigante
Bishop “The Gambling Man” Brigante has been earning his stripes as a fierce emcee in Canada and is poised to explode on the American Hip Hop Scene.
Raised in Scarborough (just outside Toronto) during the mid 1990’s, Bishop broke out in 1998 on DJ X's seminal Toronto CKLN radio show, the Power Move. Unleashing his freestyle skills on the show's weekly phone-in competition, Eat The Beat, he proved to be more then just a one-night stand. Week after week he defeated caller after caller and held the crown for the entire summer in a competition that boasts the nation's highest percentage per capita of cutthroat emcees.
After defending his title at live battles throughout Toronto, Bishop then went into the studio to record "Kipling 2 Kennedy" and "Strange To The Eye" which appeared on the 1999 underground hip hop compilation “Rap Essentials”. The tracks caught the ear of fellow Canadian, hip hop mainstay Choclair, who recruited Bishop for a series of guest appearances on his “Memoirs of Blake Savage” album, including the collabo "When I'm High".
Bishop continued to step up his game with a series of prolific releases that began with the 2003 single "That's The Way" produced by Scam of Time Bandits Music. Veteran rappers Sticky Fingaz and MC Lyte signed on for the remix of "That's The Way," one of four Bishop tracks on the “Awesome Collective” compilation CD distributed by EMI Canada.
2004 brought Bishop to audiences across the Nation opening for the likes of Busta Rhymes, G Unit and Young Buck. It also is the year Bishop released "About 2 Change” his premier single release which launched Bishop’s video career beyond emcee battles. “About 2 Change” received heavy rotation on Canada’s Much Music and MTV. The video also won him the Urban World Film Festival award, for “Best Video of the Year” in New York City.
With a thug-next-door charisma that translates on and off the mic, Bishop was quickly recruited from the stage to the screen. To date, he's appeared on several Canadian series. This includes a cameo role in the CBC urban drama series Drop The Beat, a lead role in the UPN hip hop industry series Platinum, and a starring role in the critically-acclaimed feature film NARC, along side Ray Liotta and Jason Patric.
Bishop grabbed his place in Canadian hip hop history when he took New York City to the mat as the first Canadian emcee to battle on “Freestyle Fridays”, BET's weekly showdown on 106 & Park. Winning the clash three weeks in a row, he returned home a national hero and dropped “The Best of Bishop Freestyles”, a mixed CD showcasing previously unreleased tracks and Freestyles. The CD boasts over 5,000 in sales to date.
With the moniker “The Gambling Man” and lyrics that reflect high roller risk taking and living large, the music of Bishop sparked the interest of fellow “Gambling Man” and Founder of Bodog Entertainment, Calvin Ayre. With the launch of the Bodog Music label worldwide, Calvin invited Bishop to join the roster. Creating Bodog’s first Hip Hop anthem, Bishop wrote the title track theme song “Wild Card” being used for “Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker” A TV series on Fox Sportsnet.
Bishop is currently in the studio creating more rhymes for his anticipated Bodog Music album debut "The Value Of A Hustle".
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