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Event Archive - Massline Media's Common Market Confirmed for the First Time in Victoria BC!: Common Market, Pocket Kings, CFC, DJ SPEEDY SHOES

Fri. October 10th 2008 Lucky Bar (No Minors)
10:30pm - 2am doors at 10pm
$12.50 adv
Massline Media's COMMON MARKET are one of the best kept secrets in the Northwest... They are without a doubt one of the most conscious and entertaining underground hip hop groups to hit the Island in some time. They came together in 2005 (Sabzi and RA Scion) from similar backgrounds in their spiritual approach to their music. Sabzi is one-half of the groundbreaking Blue Scholars (who are opening for Hieroglyhpics later this month) and Scion was a well-travelled solo emcee.

After collaborating on a couple tracks on RA Scion’s 2004 solo project, Live and Learn, the duo began work in the sweltering heat of an attic-based studio for what would eventually become the 14-track self-titled Common Market LP, released in October 2005. An advance copy caught the ear of KRS-One, who praised the album and RA Scion for “spitting in the Tradition of the conscious Hiphop movement.” The Blastmaster then flew up to rock Common Market’s album release party in Seattle, then taking the duo on the road with him on the Temple of Hip-hop tour.

In the brief time since Common Market dropped their extraordinary debut album, the duo has gathered praise as Seattle Weekly’s 2006 Best New Artist and performing slots on grand stages such as Sasquatch Festival and The Capitol Hill Block Party. They have shared the stage with the likes of KRS-One, Zion I, Ghostface Killah and The Coup. The album’s regional success, along with the rising tidal wave of Northwest hip-hop, has poised the group for a serious push into the national scene, as the Common Market LP has been mixed and mastered by legendary Seattle music engineer Martin Feveyear and repackaged with new album cover art. Common Market will be the first official new release of Mass Line, a co-op indie record label run by Common Market, Blue Scholars and Gabriel Teodros.

Opening for Common Market will be Victoria's own THE POCKET KINGS that have also progressed in the short time they've been together. With the addition of celebrated Island DJ Speedyshoes and a bunch of new songs to perform this is set to be one of the most exciting hip hop groups for fall!

Tickets available very shortly at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records, Complex. Early bird tickets available now on

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Common Market (Hip Hop/Jazz/Soul/Funk)

Before coming together to form Common Market in 2005, Sabzi and RA Scion both staked a name for themselves in the Seattle hip-hop scene – the former as an up and coming producer and one-half of the groundbreaking duo Blue Scholars, the latter as a humble, well-traveled solo emcee. Their paths crossed through the Baha’i faith and their political... more info

Pocket Kings (Hip Hop)

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