Three years ago, Harlem rapper Vado was on fire after appearing on a collaborative mixtape with Cam’ron entitled Boss Of All Bosses, and his breakout solo project Slime Flu. It led to a deal with Interscope Records in 2011… but things have been stalled since, and he’s been quiet about the situation.
Now, in a recent interview with XXLMag.com, Vado explained that he wasn’t dropped, but instead requested a release.
“The Interscope deal, if you want me to be honest with you, I feel like I shouldn’t have even went all the way to the West Coast,” he said. “I feel I should’ve 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 don’t know what’s 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 goes on to explain that Interscope was “under construction” at the time he left, so he was released without any trouble.
“Never. I was never dropped. They gave me too much money. I walked off. They gave me the opportunity to leave, so I left,” he said. “They [weren’t] helping me in no shape or form. For example, with Chief Keef, they just threw his album out there without even building it or nothing. Interscope is the type where you just got to do it on your own. So, you know, like TDE is helping Kendrick, Game is doing everything on his own, from getting the features and beats and putting it out on his own, so it’s sort of like play at your own risk over there. So, I had to get back over here. I’m not over there on the West, I’m over here with people that’s seen me grow up at these labels. This is where I wanna be and they want me here.”
Vado is currently hard at work on his next mixtape, entitled Slime Flu 3. At press time, he didn’t give a time frame of release.