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Let me start by saying that I will try to be unbiased with this review as possible, as I think it could be said that I have a bias towards any hip-hop that comes out of Seattle, especially from the likes of Blue Scholars, Common Market, Gabriel Teodros etc. Also, I couldn’t do a first listen review as I did with “Rising Down” because when “Black Patch War” came out on iTunes, I had to download that to the iphone right away. I listened to it about 5 times before I could sit in front of a real computer and write this. I will still do a track by track review. (This is NOT a new Common Market ALBUM but rather an EP (extended play) of their 1st album and preview of their 2nd. This is all new, unheard material.) 1) Black Patch War
Fitting that the title song would be the first song on the EP. There is nothing too intro-y to this song (dialogue, long instrumentation, etc.), but it definitely sets a tone, which is essential to any hip-hop release. I was not disappointed that RA Scion picked up right where he left off with his extremely powerful lyrics and intense but enthusiastic delivery as heard on “Common Market”, their self titled first album. The beat is quick and graced with a Kanye-esque vocal sample that serves more as part of the beat than as a contribution to the lyrical side of the song. My only complaint here is this sample dominates RA at some points but however is not a problem, as it can likely be attributed to a problem with the actual recording, making it a mechanical, non-artistic flaw. 2) Oldham Era
Sounds like more of a Blue Scholars beat, yes I know Sabzi does production for both, but this seems rather like something I would hear Geo on. Very creative wordplay with such lines as: “We’ve got to secede…you’ll never suceed” is what makes this track shine. The beat is the most playful of the album and helps RA to demonstrate his talents. I leave you with this line: “A colonel by default / I never fought for the Continental’s / though, my war for independence bore some resemblance / they try to make me do like them, move right then / attune my mentals / broke pencils, spoke through my pen.” 3) Watership Down
“Is that Chef from South Park singing the intro/chorus?” Was the first question I asked myself upon hearing this for the first time. The beat is a bit monotonous, however a good choice with the vocal sample. The monotony only allows the listener to focus on RA’s consistently brilliant word play. Regardless, the beat is strong. “Some soliders never enlist / but find themselves engaged in conflict / where its life’s stakes, regardless.” 4) Red Leaves
I expect this to become one of my top 5 most played songs in iTunes. I expect this to be one of my top 10 favorite songs of all time. I have played this song 23 times in less than 3 days. This song is an earful of pure beauty. Enough said. 5) His Eminence
This is my least favorite track on the EP. The electric guitar riff doesn’t appeal to me because it sounds a bit corny. The consistent lyrical theme ultimately weighs RA down, resulting the track becoming a bit of a bore. EVERY album has to have one so-so track and this one appears to be it. With so many strong songs on this EP, I would expect that this one gets taken out of my rotation very soon. 6) Trouble Is
This song has sort of a old fashioned, southern, down-home feeling too it, befitting the likes of Outkast, Bubba Sparxxx, or even T.I. That aside, this song, oddly, works! Its an interesting change of pace for M.C. and producer alike. If memory serves me correctly, I have heard this song performed in a Common Market live set a few times before. 7) Bonanza
This is what I would consider to be a typical Sabzi song, but by no means does this use of ‘typical’ have any negative connotation. The beat is intelligent, mood-setting, and beautiful. Piano is a cornerstone here, and my personal belief is that piano integrated into hip-hop is too underused, which makes songs like this a breath of fresh air. We hear the personal side of RA, though rather modest, showcases his lyrical strengths and abilities. His whole tone changes when his lyrics are personal. The vocal sample works well and really compliments the lyrical content of this song. It is unfathomable that a producer (Sabzi) can be so on point all of the time, I think he is actually incapable of making a weak track. Mr. Mohajerjasbi in my opinion is a combination of Kanye West creativity paired with the seemingly effortless abilities of Dr. Dre to create a timeless track. His beats have gotten better and better as time has passed. This dude has absolutely no creative ceiling whatsoever and only continues to raise the bar higher for himself. When it comes to RA Scion he continues to impress with his unique lyrical delivery and his ability to change styles effortlessly. He is the most thought provoking rapper I’ve ever heard. His multi-dimensional abilities pair up with those of Sabzilla to create tracks that convey their apparent musical chemistry. I don’t know who should be more thankful; RA for having such a great producer who can make beats that fit him so perfectly, or Sabzi who has an M.C. in RA who is able to bless each and every song with such thoughtful and dynamic wordplay while also showcasing his producer’s abilties. If all of the above is any indication of what we can expect from Common Market’s second album “Tobacco Road” we are undoubtedly in for an absolute treat.

I've been waiting for this

Now its stuck in my player until the full length release. Buy this album, you won't be disappointed!

Heaven Sent!!!!! So Much Growth from their first album all I can say about this EP. I seriously can't wait for next month's LP. The growth they have showed is HUGE. Don't get me wrong their old stuff was really good but this new stuff is awe inspiring. I haven't heard such wonderful sounds in awhile. If you let this by you are making a huge mistake. This is real Hip Hop. Hopefully, this catches on cause this is straight up....beautiful. Remember "One stone took down the giant"


Formed: 2005 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Entering the hip-hop arena in an almost-forgotten fashion, the MC-and-the-DJ tag team Common Market has been pegged as leaders of Seattle's new-school rap movement. MC RA Scion and DJ Sabzi have received rave reviews locally, landing in the Seattle Times' artists-to-watch list in 2006, appearing on the front cover of Sound Seattle magazine's September 2006 issue, and obtaining the personal endorsement of hip-hop pioneer KRS-One as an exceptional up-and-coming group. Sabzi, a classically trained pianist...
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