18 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

A two-man Seattle crew, Common Market are RA Scion on the mic and Sabzi (best known for his work with Blue Scholars) on production. Clearly influenced by "conscious rap" greats like Black Star, as well as fellow Pacific Northwest cats Lightheaded, they serve up refreshingly positive hip-hop, overflowing with intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics and set to consistently funky, sample-saturated production, heavy on the boom-bap and jazzed-out loops. They released two EPs and two full-lengths (plus one digi-only project) between 2005 and 2009, earning a loyal and passionate fanbase with their down-to-earth steez and always-on-point tracks. There are a few guest spots here (from Chev, Geologic, and Funklove), but for the most part it's just Scion and Sabzi; they sound like they were born to work together. Don't miss the vibraphone-propelled "Slow Cure," the guitar-laced "House," and the neckbending sing-along "Nothin' at All."

EDITORS’ NOTES

A two-man Seattle crew, Common Market are RA Scion on the mic and Sabzi (best known for his work with Blue Scholars) on production. Clearly influenced by "conscious rap" greats like Black Star, as well as fellow Pacific Northwest cats Lightheaded, they serve up refreshingly positive hip-hop, overflowing with intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics and set to consistently funky, sample-saturated production, heavy on the boom-bap and jazzed-out loops. They released two EPs and two full-lengths (plus one digi-only project) between 2005 and 2009, earning a loyal and passionate fanbase with their down-to-earth steez and always-on-point tracks. There are a few guest spots here (from Chev, Geologic, and Funklove), but for the most part it's just Scion and Sabzi; they sound like they were born to work together. Don't miss the vibraphone-propelled "Slow Cure," the guitar-laced "House," and the neckbending sing-along "Nothin' at All."

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About Common Market

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 and member of Seattle rap group Blue Scholars, and RA Scion came to meet each other in 2004 because of their identical ambitions to make Seattle a hotbed for hip-hop and their similar beliefs as worshipers of the Baha'i Faith. After Sabzi lent production help to RA Scion's solo album, Live and Learn, the two formed Common Market in 2005. Their self-titled debut album was first released in 2005 but then released nationally in early 2006. ~ Cyril Cordor

ORIGIN
Seattle, WA
FORMED
2005

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