Tag Archives: Common Market

Song of the Day: RA Scion - Borrow

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Borrow” by RA ScionRead more...

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Live Around Town This Week

Did everyone survive Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping last week? We certainly hope so because there’s plenty to do this week as we head into even more holidays in the busy December holiday schedule. We appropriately kick off Cyber Monday at Chop Suey with a fantastic electronic duo you need to check out: Africa Hitech. OnRead more...

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Live Review: Victor Shade @ Bumbershoot 9/6

Monday 12.30pm Fisher Green Stage The first thing you notice about Victor Shade is that he is clearly all about the performance.

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KEXP Documentaries: “Hip-Hop - The New Seattle Sound” - Ra Scion (of Victor Shade and Common Market)

Ra Scion is the rapper/frontman/lyricist for Seattle hip-hop bands Common Market and Victor Shade. His raps are conscious, collegiate even, and are sometimes written in a kind of code, so the listener has to listen several times and pay close attention to get his meaning.  Originally from Kentucky, Ra got his first radio airplay inRead more...

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Hood to Hood West Seattle: Victor Shade

Ra Scion and his voluptuous beard have already made a name for himself rapping with Common Market, but he is not stopping there. Today he stopped by Easy Street Records in West Seattle to perform as his alter ego Victor Shade.

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GIVE for the holidays

KEXP is proud to partner with Seattle’s coffee roaster Caffé Vita and over 30 other local businesses for the GIVE music and video compilation to benefit Arts Corps and area food banks. Starting today, November 17th, 30 downloadable tracks are available from a wide variety of Seattle artists, all of whom have donated songs forRead more...

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: Common Market

photos by Dan Muller intro by James Truitt with Christy Thacker The last decade has seen Seattle rise as a Hip Hop hotbed, and a large part of that movement’s success is due to the talents and hard work of DJ Sabzi and MC RA Scion, who together form Common Market. Since coming together inRead more...

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Bumbershoot Preview: The Music Lounge presented by KEXP

by Chris Estey Maybe it’s how the bands bond intimately with who they know are big fans. (Last year, Two Gallants put on one of the best performances of the festival there.) Maybe it’s the excellent sound (hey, Kevin Suggs!) in the tucked-away special venue. Perhaps it’s the posh, comfortable seats in a cool settingRead more...

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Bumbershoot Preview: Common Market

by Chris Estey RA Scion loves God and reads Harper’s. He talks about his ambivalence of growing up poor in Kentucky with the deepest love and some seriously bold class analysis. Current TV has featured a day in the emcee’s life, and the seven part collaboration with his immensely creative (musical) partner in Common Market,Read more...

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