Forever Undefined, Astonish, Sisi Dior, Trell Love | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Nearly a decade ago Chicago underground hip-hop crew Molemen released an EP called From Now Until Forever, their label’s first release from north-side MC Andre Johnson (aka Astonish). Johnson subsequently ingrained himself in the local scene, which is obvious from the list of collaborators he pulled in for his recent full-length To Whom It May Concern (PVTSTCK), among them rapper-producer and Treated Crew leader Mano (fka Million Dollar Mano), piercing MC Chris Crack, and late rapper JDott Trife. Johnson doesn’t quite fit into a distinct subscene or sound, which is as much a curse as it is a blessing as Chicago hip-hop has gained an international reputation for dominant personalities and trends—even the “hipster rap” era circa 2008, which weighed heavy on the scene, didn’t affect Johnson as he linked up with Molemen. He performs with unperturbed cool throughout To Whom It May Concern, taking to the simmering, soul-inspired instrumentals like a greaser gliding atop the hood of a freshly waxed 1950s red Ford Mercury.

Leor Galil

Price: $10

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