To Whom It May Concern is a very dope album and very personal. While it is Astonish’s fourth solo project, it feels like his first. It is obvious that he took time with this project — that it is important to him. The entire project has the vibe of what I think most artists want for their first album. The project feels like Astonish dedicated his life to those twelve tracks and he’s introducing himself to the world — although he’s an established eight year veteran.
Astonish packed To Whom It May Concern full of so much raw emotion and passion. I don’t usually compare hip-hop artists but listening to this project reminded me of listening to Blu & Exile’s Below The Heavens because of the soulful beats along with a perfect blend of melody and hardcore rapping.
The choice of “Get Away” as the first video off the To Whom It May Concern wasn’t surprising because the song was also featured on Astonish’s 2015 project, The Who Tape. Even though it wasn’t surprising, it was definitely the right choice.
“Get Away” is a dope track and I wouldn’t be surprised if it guided Astonish into the direction of where To Whom It May Concern went. Throughout the project he seems to be battling with several emotions and looking for an escape or for some help. All of those feelings are also conveyed on “Get Away”.
As dope as “Get Away” is as a standalone track, the video somehow made it better. The plot of the video has Astonish in a situation where he can get him and his girl into a better life but his paranoia gives him the idea to assure his girl of safety and happiness in the event that the opportunity he took comes back to bite him in the ass — which it does.
As grim as it sounds, I think death was an underlying concept throughout To Whom It May Concern. The title itself sounds like how someone would start their suicide note. Death makes a real appearance on the project as Astonish’s late friend — JDott Trife — is featured on the track, “Ride“. I think the end of the “Get Away” video furthermore confirms my thoughts as while Astonish’s girl in the video “got away” to live a happy life while Astonish also “got away” in a more permanent way.