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Common Market

By Urbansocialight

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.

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Will this track be the Death of Autotune?

Song Review by ReneeWoods, Sparkey, & UrbanSocialight
D.O.A. Gets 4 Crabz
Jay-Z's D.O.A. Gets 4 Crabz
” You rappers singing too much get back to rap you T-paining too much.” Jay-Z is funny for real.  For the record, I’m not particularly a Jay-Z fan but this song ” Death of Autotune” might make me one. I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired of the T-Jeremih-Wayne-Pains all day everyday on the radio. I don’t know who the fuck is who anymore. A song comes on and honestly it could be my next door neighbor. I mean I know at least half the people on my block got a studio in their basement so at this point anyone can be a rapper or singer. Anyway here is the link to Jay-Z’s  single” Death of Autotune” : Download the track here.