Venomous Villain [VV:2]

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Raw beats, sick rhymes, nothing obvious or tired.
  2. There’s a remarkable continuity from track to track, and its obvious those contributing to Venomous Villain are long-time fans of Dumile’s work.
  3. While it is simply impossible to duplicate the raw power and energy of [Vaudeville Villian], the newly resurrected Viktor proffers a tolerable continuation of his street hustle and ice-cold thuggery.
  4. "Venomous Villain" is more of an Insomniac promo CD than a credible sequel to Doom's dastardly "Vaudeville Villain" release two years ago. Even so, Doom stylistically slays every opportunity he's given at the mic.
  5. There’s plenty of virtually virtuoso moments to make it worthwhile, and Doom just isn’t one to suck no matter how prolific he gets, but this sequel can’t help but disappoint after Vaudeville Villain.
  6. The tracks highlighting Vik are showstoppers as usual, and his dominate wordplay only reiterates why others should drop the mic when any of DOOM’s personas enter the booth.
  7. Too much roam and wander for some, but Doom-heads looking for the perfect downer couldn't ask for much more.
  8. Urb
    70
    He sounds darker and more menacing than ever. [Oct 2004, p.105]
  9. The disc feels more like an Insomniac Records sampler featuring Viktor Vaughn than a proper Vaughn release.
  10. VV:2 does have a bit of a for-hire feel.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. vikvondoom
    Aug 15, 2004
    5
    i've been a fan of the guy since Zev Love X days, and this is the first record of his with new material that feels like it was rushed i've been a fan of the guy since Zev Love X days, and this is the first record of his with new material that feels like it was rushed out for cash. In fact he admits as much in the first line of the song, "dub it off ya man, don't spend that 10 bucks, i did it for the advance, the back end sucks" Full Review »
  2. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    this was a pretty awesome album by doom. the track with Kool Keith was pretty awesome. same with the track with poison pen. dope productionthis was a pretty awesome album by doom. the track with Kool Keith was pretty awesome. same with the track with poison pen. dope production and excellent lyricism is top notch as well. this is another classic by MF Doom. Full Review »
  3. montanas
    May 24, 2005
    10
    amazing!!