So during the DMV’s Snowpocalypse 2010, I was able to catch up on a lot of stuff. I actually cleaned up which was a task in and of itself. I caught up on some movies and some TV. And while watching CurrenTV I stumbled upon a show on music from the Pacific Northwest. Most of the bands were a little weird even for my taste, but I did however discover the hip-hop genius duo out of Seattle known as: Common Market.
Common Market is your typical 1 rapper (Ryan “RA Scion” Abeo) and 1 producer/DJ (Alexei Saba “Sabzi” Mohajerjasbi), but with atypical results. No newbies in the game, the pair has been making music together since 2005, and it’s clear they’ve reached a comfortable stride together; it just sounds right. So good in fact that KRS-One invited the on tour with him after hearing an advanced copy of their first album also called “Common Market”. Since then, they’ve released 3 more projects together, including the critically acclaimed “Tobacco Road”.
If anyone is longing to hear music that is both genuine and relevant; smart and funny, then you will be able to appreciate Common Market. While it was snowing I kept watching the video for their track “Tobacco and Snow Covered Roads”, in which RA Scion spit about typical plights of a rapper, shows getting cancelled, other rappers stealing beats, beef, all while he just really wants to dig out of the snow to get a pack of cigarettes. You’ll love “Trouble Is” which tells the story of a farmer, who is rejected by the community where he settles. I can only assume it’s a metaphor for gain acceptance in the hip-hop community. You know typical CrabzInABarrel behavior.
And if dude couldn’t keep it anymore real…wanna know what RA Scion’s day job is? He’s a maintenance man/janitor for a property management company and isn’t ashamed about it! Now that’s keeping it real.
While they have received little exposure outside of the Pacific Northwest, they’re definitely deserving of a second look. I think you’ll find that these Seattle boys hold up to the scrutiny of high standards of the East Coast hip-hop heads and their discerning ears.
Check out their website: www.commonmarketmusic.com
Visit their MySpace: MySpace.com/CommonMarket