Common Market is debuting their "Black Patch War" EP with a bang, I tell ya.

They're playing an EP release show tonight at the Vera Project at Seattle Center and two shows tomorrow at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma.

This morning, I went to Cafe Verite (aka Cupcake Royale) in Ballard bright and early at 7 a.m. to catch an on-air interview and performance for KEXP. Wow. Damn near 200 people showed up AT 7 A.M to watch. That's crazy. That's hype.

In The Stranger review that published yesterday, Charles Mudede gave the EP four out of four stars and wrote:

"The rapper, RA Scion, and the producer, Sabzi, have created a work that's brought them closer to the region of hiphop greatness. This is no exaggeration. Black Patch War is a big step up for the duo. It contains some of Sabzi's best material, and though RA Scion's words are sometimes lost in the warm and sad sea of music, the force of his concerns is always felt. The global justice movement, fair trade, criticisms of American violence, the state of local hiphop, the state of the 21st-century rapper—all of the issues that were in the first Common Market record are further developed and refined."

Even more exciting, this EP is just a preview for the full-length "Tobacco Road" album dropping later this year.

"Now go play monopoly with vigilantes and bandits."