About The Album
One of the Oldest Markets in the World now becomes Hip Hop's latest Inspiration.
Von Vargas is the first to title an album after Baltimore's historic downtown market. World Famous Lexington Market. Von's Album World Famous Lexington Market takes an affectionate, but never saccharine look at Vargas' hometown, with tracks like "Maryland Crab" and "Hippodrome", says A Shipley of 'City Paper's Rap Sheet'.
When asked "Why the title?" Von answers, "Lexington Market is one of the longest running markets in the world, and that;s huge to me; to live here and have this place right at our disposal...I think that's insane!" He also states, "people normally go to the market to get their food substance, and since my music is substance too I believe the title fits World Famous Lexington Market."
Von Vargas addresses drug trafficking on the "One Last Trip" track, which is an in depth composition of a young lady describing her last trip before getting caught. The album consist of production from Banga Bill, Skillz, and Von Vargas, as well as features from The Boy Blesst, Ronika, J. Johnson, and Preme. World Famous Lexington Market can be streamed in it's entirety @ https://lexingtonmarket.bandcamp.com/
1 Top to Bottom
2 Maryland Crabs
3 Shalom ft. Supreme Glory
4 So Cold ft. Ronika
5 One Last Trip (Interlude) ft. Trina
6 That Good Good
7 Rise ft. The Boy Blesst
8 Break Bread ft. J. Johnson
9 No Intro ft. Jimmy Swaggar
10 Lil Slick'em
11 Down In Maryland ft. Chinko and Riff Raff
Commentary from Von Vargas on World Famous Lexington Market:
When I was a child I would always be so excited to go to Lexington Market. I know I'm not the only one...especially when u lived blocks up the street from it. Lexington Market is one of the oldest standing markets in the world! This was my way to be proud of my heritage in my hometown.
Shalom is a crazy one featuring Preme... this one started it all off! One of my favorite lines is "give em milk like I'm Chick Fila's poster Cow"
Maryland Crabs is a song that's very truthful and honest about Maryland...Maryland Crabs are just not in Md. they are everywhere around the world! Tell me that you ain't never want what another have.!!!!
Break Bread is a joint featuring J. Johnson...it's one of those funk soul songs spitters will love and ladies will love it too.
So Cold is one of my favs featuring Ronika...it's turns the whole vibe of the album to something special, and just a lil emotional.
Rise prod by Skillz is a collab featuring Blesst...its an song about empowerment and conquering regardless of the obstacles etc. Any one can take it and make it their own anthem.
"Hippodrome" prod. by Banga Bill is another favorite. The Hippodrome years ago was a movie theater where for the first time I saw the movie Purple Rain. A classic movie if u love music.
released October 26, 2012
Copyright 2012 Major Influence
Executive Producer: Von Vargas (L. Smith) www.vonvargasmusic.com
Album Producers: Von Vargas, Skillz, Banga Bill,
Project Manager: Hennither Bianca Cole
Graphic Design: Shuna Smith (www.creativedevelopmentstudios.com)
Ronika appears courtesy of Major Influence
The Boy Blesst appears courtesy of Reign Music
Supreme Glory appears courtesy of Marathon
J. Johnson appears courtesy of Salvation Army Music Group