Vado speaks on walking away from Interscope, his "Slime Flu" mixtape series, emerging Harlem rappers, his relationship with Cam'ron & more.
While talking to XXL, Vado discussed his relationship with the man who basically got him on his grind, Cam'ron, as well as leaving Interscope, and more.
Firstly, VadoÂ explained what happened to his Interscope deal, and why he walked (contrary to popular belief that he was dropped).Â "The Interscope deal, if you want me to be honest with you, I feel like I shouldnât have even went all the way to the West Coast. I feel I shouldâve stayed grounded with the New York labels. They understand and know me so they know how to handle me, they know what to do. You go all the way over there; they donât know whatâs going on. So now, I gotta fix everything up and I gotta work with their music. It was just a whole big difference to the point that I had to ask for my walking papers."
Vado also spoke on the Harlem rap scene, and how after his emergence rappers like A$AP Rocky came out and got huge. Vado gives them props, "IÂ respect A$AP honestly because, he came under us, and when I say âunder us,â I mean Most Hated, heâs from Harlem. A$AP Ferg, heâs from Harlem. So they seen how we came up, the same way we seen Children of the Corn came upâwhen they were just doing talent shows and just doing stuff in Harlem, but we knew about them so they knew about us as far as me, Jae Millz, Charlie Clips and etc. When I finally got on, Iâm sure it was definitely a motivation but they always was doing what they had to do."
Finally Vado promises real hip-hop on Slime Flu 3, if not already obvious from his araabMUZIK-produced cut "The Awards."Â He also explains how Slime Flu 2 was mostly songs marketed for Interscope, and hence why they were perhaps not so well-received. "Slime Flu 3Â is straight hip-hop. It brings you to the â90s but also gives you that 2K flavor and style. Itâs all the way â90s as far as lyrics and concepts. Itâs real. Iâm not even gonna lie,Â SF3Â is a mixtape that I like. Meaning I gave what I wanted to give, I didnât change up nothing, nobody told me, âNah thatâs not hot, do this.â Itâs what I wanted to give. But,Â Slime Flu 1Â was what I wanted to give too.Â Slime FluÂ 2 was more of a lot of songs I was recording in L.A. trying to build the right songs for Interscope so that they could push it. So a lot of the music onÂ SF2Â was that."
Vado continues to discuss his big homieÂ Cam'ron, and their relationship, as well as the possibility of signing to another major label after the Interscope incident.