ALBUM REVIEW

Common Market

Tobacco Road

Released September 2008

Every morning while making coffee, I stand and stare at a poster of pho ingredients that hangs in my kitchen, designed by Sabzi. It was promotion for his noodle-soup-positive single, “We Heart Pho.” I met RA Scion while doing illustrations in Alaska. Yet, it was only recently that I discovered this gem of an album that brings their talents together. Common Market‘s 2008 album, Tobacco Road is head-bobbing fun, mixing magisterial spitting, melodic instrumentation and an overarching concept about the working class. The headier first half gives way to playfully casual second and features a singalong diss track, “Nothin’ At All.” The best diss tracks are the ones you want to sing along to.

Are you a fan of this record? What do you love about Common Market: Tobacco Road?

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