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Astonish From Now Until Forever

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: Molemen
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

Astonish, the newest member of Chicago’s Molemen crew, has confidence to spare on his reliable debut. The MC may be getting a bit ahead of himself by claiming to be the “rookie of the year” on this EP, but his self-assurance is often warranted. When not spitting unwavering braggadocio in his Opio-like flow (“The Interview,” “Microphone Check”), Astonish is convincingly able to tap into his everyday struggles with lines like “Still the type that got a job/But nothing to show for it” (from “Problems”). And the sample-heavy beats from his Molemen crewmates Panik and PNS, and others like Ozone routinely match the MC’s verbal potency.

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