If you’re not familiar with Venna, you really should be. The producer-saxophonist has already created music with many of your favorite artists, including 6LACK, Wizkid, Snoh Aalegra, Stormzy, J Hus, and Burna Boy — quite frankly, he might be the dopest musician this side of Terrace Martin.
One particular standout from Venna’s collaborative discography is “Standout,” a link up with Knucks that can be found on the latter’s 2020 album London Class. This week, the talented duo return to the fold with a new single titled “Standard,” a mix of the jazz-y, rewind worthy hip hop that made the aforementioned cut such an instant classic — especially with boastful, confident bars like this:
“Life’s been treatin’ me nice, got a peppermint leaf in my tea with the ice, it’s like I need me some legal advice, ‘cause I came in the game like a thief in the night, if you’re tryna get a feature of mine, better get that shit now at a reasonable time...”
“Standard” also sees an accompanying visual courtesy of director Adama Jalloh that matches the song’s vibe to a T, as Venna and Knucks can be spotted relaxing in a park. The rest of the clip is filled with shots of beautiful black people taking photos, playing soccer, and more — it all ends with Venna chilling on the back of a convertible with his instrument by his side.
“I was flicking through samples and Knucks heard one that resonated with him. We chopped the sample a bit then Knucks started some drums. I knew I wanted to get additional instrumentation ... just to bring more life to the record and make it more of a masterpiece.”
Press play on “Standard” below.