“In the school of hard knocks, I am a true scholar/Music equipped for all whips, Bentleys to Impala/Ill Adrenaline medicine man, back again/I’ll bring the Bricks to your city,” Beneficence spits on “EZ As 1-2,” the blistering first cut off his critically acclaimed LP Basement Chemistry. From the jump, Beneficence goes heavy on the gas as only a Jersey driver can and doesn’t let up, delivering a smooth, reflective, and most definitely lyrical album that stands as one of the best to drop in 2016.
And as oly a true scholar could do, Beneficence has been paying his dues for twenty-plus years in the game. From battling Pacewon in college tno rocking shows in the Tri-State area, Beneficence earned respect and built his name the right way. There are no shortcuts or gimmicks, and that’s what makes his music truly stand out. Running his own label, Ill Adrenaline, only helps, as he’s in control of his own sound and image as few artists are or would ever want to be. Surrounded by a team of talented artists, including producer Confidence, Beneficence offers what might be his best release yet, a hard feat for a vet. In this exclusive interview, Beneficence talks about his creative process, the crafting of Basement Chemistry, the Jersey scene, and much more.