Common Market a Seattle-based hip-hop duo consisting of rapper RA Scion (pictured above sort of) and producer/DJ Sabzi (also DJ/producer for another Seattle group the Blue Scholars). Common Markets' 2005 release favors alternative rap with a conscious outlook.
Scion rhymes are both spiritual and sociopolitical. The conscious vibe is present throughout the album, which is devoid of the thug and gangster talk that permeated so much of hip-hop in 2005. Common Market isn't breaking any new ground with this album, but outside of that fact their release is a solid addition to any record collection.
From Common Market's myspace:
In what started as a small collaboration EP project, Sabzi and RA created the group Common Market. RA found that Sabzi's production was able to perfectly match his love for the 90s era of Hiphop, a time when the BOOM BAP and conscious content was a big part of the scene. Common Market's self titled album was released in October 2004, even being blessed with an endorsement from Hiphop ICON, KRS-One. Chris Parker even traveled to Seattle, performed at their CD release party, and then went on a Northwest Tour with them to celebrate their release.Mp3: Common Market - "Connect for"
Mp3: Common Market - "Love One"
Buy Common Market's disc here.