Venomous2000 has a brand new album in 2012 called Still Connected, which teams him up with produycer Kingshon to create a project that, as he says in the opening track, is a mission to help in the mission to save hip-hop, and the kind of music offered here will definitely be an inspiration for those who wish to fight the dope fight.
For those who want to hear a hip-hop album with top notch production, check out what Kingshon does here with the range of sample he chooses and what he does with them. You’ll hear a number of familiar sounds, but what I like is that with the tools of the trade and the ingredients to create, he adds something of himself into each of these tracks. It’s not lazy production, far from it, and I found myself concentrating on his tracks on the same level as the production greats.
As for Venomous2000, he has a charisma that doesn’t sound fake or forced, it sounds quite natural and it’ll make you want to hear each of the 16 songs featured on Still Connected. Maybe that comes from being East Coast and representing New Jersey, or simply choosing to keep to the (sometimes) unspoken honor system that genuinely becomes a state of mind and how you do things. How does he do things? Listen to “God’s Prison”, “Searching”, “Step 1, Rock 2”, and “Stress Relief”, which aren’t only songs but may come off to some as important and encouraging listens, teaching listeners that they’re not alone and dealing with the various things in our lives that tend to grind us down.
Smart/intelligent, exceptional, and maybe for some, life-affirming. Naysayers might read that and go “wow, that’s the recipe for corny” but I would say listen to it first before you throw out verbal vegetables. This is a powerful and positive hip-hop album that you will want to recommend to a lot of people, and you’re not going to be ashamed to say you’re a fan.