Introducing Bishop DaGreat
As a teenager, Cincinnati, OH native Dion “Bishop
DaGreat” Thornton would sometimes record interesting conversations he had with
friends on mini cassettes. This recording of everyday conversations developed into
Bishop writing poetry and spoken word pieces. Writing poems later evolved into
writing a book in 2004.
official introduction to the music scene began in 2001 when he met a local
group, “51 3rd” and began helping with his own style of aggressive promotion. A
lifelong relationship with the group’s in-house producer, Jey 9, was formed and
Bishop went on to market and sell beats for Jey 9 from 2002-2003, and in 2004
Bishop took on an artist development role to develop a hip-hop artist known as
Feva. As Bishop worked on promotional strategies, he had always been known to
attract people with just his words. With much encouragement and fundamental
guidance from Feva and childhood friend “THEO”, in 2008 Bishop wrote his first
verse. Shortly thereafter, Bishop and Feva formed a hip-hop duo by the name of FTDUBBB
(pronounced “F. T. DUB”), which soon became a trio with the addition of their
friend and fellow artist Gemini.
first public performance as a recording artist occurred on August 8, 2008
(8-8-08). From being Co-Ceo of the label and a part of a trio, he wanted to
take the group to new heights as well as highlight each artist in a solo
aspect. He saw untapped potential and wanted more for his team. Unfortunately
his views were not shared and in 2012 the group dissolved, leaving Bishop with
a choice to make...
has an unorthodox method of storytelling mixed with a unique delivery of
reflecting on occurrences in his life. Bishop makes sure he has a deep
connection to the songs he writes. He states that “the only way that I can make
music is if I feel the song; I can’t write to a track that I don’t feel in my
soul.” With songs like “To Da Core” and “I’m Just Saying”, Bishop is not afraid
to speak his mind.
entertaining life makes for entertaining songs; Bishop’s music pulls from his
real life experiences. He enjoys traveling and some of his out-of-town
experiences and fast-paced lifestyle have created plenty of provocative and
insightful subject matter for his music.
is a business-minded individual who understands the behind-the-scenes aspects
of music as well as the creative. With his passion for marketing, Bishop is no
stranger to branding himself through or expanding the DUBBB LIF3 brand. His
view of duality and the voices of good and evil play a role in his decision
making process as an artist and as a businessman. “Necessary evils are a good
thing... life is just the balance beam.”
Bishop Da Great is
comfortable in his skin; he is unapologetic and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
Regardless if it’s work behind the scenes or on the stage, Bishop will always
keep true to himself and never second-guesses the situation.
don’t question myself, but I challenge myself.”
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2009 - FTW Presents The Vault (Mixtape)
2010 - FTDUBBB Presents "1st 48:
Cincinnati" Hosted by DJ Logikal (Mixtape)
2011 - FTDUBBB Presents "The DUBBB
Cartel" Hosted by DJ Whitey (Album)
2012 - TIBW - Truth In Black & White - Bishop
2013 – I’m Just Sayin – Bishop (Single)