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Hip Hop Artist Bishop Brigante Transitions Talent to Become Breakout Actor

By Jasmyn Pozzo
Posted Apr 19, 2013 in Entertainment
He's risen to the top of the Canadian hip hop scene, and Bishop Brigante is now set to conquer another aspect of the industry: acting. Bishop is following in the footsteps of many talented Canadian musicians before him, who pursued their passion for acting and proved their talent translates to the realm of film and TV. The acclaimed rapper-turned-actor is a multi-talented performer who has a number of buzz-worthy projects on the horizon. He has gone from working with Snoop Dogg to Ray Liotta, without missing a beat.
"Everything I have experienced and the type of knowledge that I've gained from my music career, have been like a silent partner for me when I walk into an audition or when I walk on set," says Brigante, who has been able to translate many of the skills required in the music industry to navigating the realm of acting.
Scarborough born and raise, Bishop has always had a natural ease with rhymes. After years of making a name for himself within music circles and battle circuits (he was the first Canadian to be featured on BET’s Freestyle Friday), he was signed to the Bodog Music label in 2008. Here he released his hit single “It’s Fo Twenty”, featuring Nate Dogg, to audience acclaim. His musical repertoire includes the MuchMusic video chart toppers: “6 Up”, “That’s the Way” and “About 2 Change”. Bishop has become a nationally recognized recording artist, electrifying crowds across the country on a number of national tours. His appeal spread across North America, with Bishop jumping on tours with the likes of 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. He has collaborated with the best in the industry, including Drake, Snoop Dogg, Sticky Fingaz and MC Lyte.
It wasn’t until a cold call from director Joe Carnahan (Smoking Aces, The Grey) to cast Bishop in the feature film “Narc” (where he worked with Ray Liotta and Jason Patric), that he realized his passion for an entirely new aspect of the performing arts. Although Bishop didn’t have any experience acting, while filming his role he discovered many parallels between music and film. The more time he had on-set, the more he knew that this was his new calling to explore.
Since then, he has booked roles on the UPN series “Platinum”, “Against the Wall”, “Cracked”, “Chupacabra vs. the Alamo”, as well as recently wrapping a lead role in the feature thriller “Evil Feed”, currently in post-production. His natural talent, combined with his experience in entertainment, is helping Bishop to quickly prove his transition from hip-hop artist to actor is successful, as he earns respect from the acting world with each new role.

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