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Vado Talks Leaving Interscope, A$AP Rocky, and Slime Flu 3

And now you’re back with Slime Flu 3. Tell us about it.

Slime Flu 3 is straight hip-hop. It brings you to the ’90s but also gives you that 2K flavor and style. It’s all the way ’90s as far as lyrics and concepts. It’s real. I’m not even gonna lie, SF3 is a mixtape that I like. Meaning I gave what I wanted to give, I didn’t change up nothing, nobody told me, “Nah that’s not hot, do this.” It’s what I wanted to give. But, Slime Flu 1 was what I wanted to give too. Slime Flu 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 on SF2 was that.

Maybe that explains why it didn’t receive the same acclaim as the first Slime Flu.

It wasn’t my best. I didn’t get the props I got like on Slime Flu 1 so for 3, I just gave them what I wanted and what I liked and it’s take it or not.

What are some of your favorite cuts off the mixtape?

A song called “Killa” with me, Fred Da Godson and Jae Millz—that’s fire. The closer “When I Die.” I got a joint with Gunplay titled “55” which is [dope]. Of course “Awards,” “My Team Go,” “Bad Bitches.” My favorite out of all the ones I mentioned [would have to be] “Awards” with AraabMuzik on the beat, it’s hard to me. Everybody love when I’m with Araab and how we get down. The hook on that record meant a lot to me because that’s how it was, I felt it. It was [originally] a bar, but I was like, Nah I gotta make this the hook, they need to hear this.

You’ve got another Araab-produced record that could be a problem once it arrives, called “Sleep on Me.”

[Laughs] Yeah, that’s my joint. You know, me and Araab, it’s just non-stop. There was one time where the labels, when they found out that I was in the market, they were reaching out and was like, Yo please we’ll sign you tomorrow, just give us a bunch of songs with you and Araab. They didn’t want no other production, just Araab.

You need to make that happen—soon.

Yeah, believe that. But he’s been on the road since we got popping. He’s doing shows constantly.

Once Slime Flu 3 drops, where will you take it from there?

Just really showing the Most Hated movement—getting back to showing the movement. We’re soon gonna pull out a Most Hated album with just the team. It’s all just about going back to the movement. I’m so close to deals so really that’s going to allow me to break out and just tear shit up. This here is just to let people know I’m back and I’m coming hard, like I never left.

How about the U.N. movement? What’s your relationship with Cam?

Cam is a big homey to me. He put me on, he like the Godfather of Harlem. He’s the only one to keep it a hundred, he’s the only artist from Harlem that put other artists on and moved them up out the ‘hood.

He turned a lot people from having 212 area codes to 201s. To keep it a hundred, at the end of the day there’s never no problem with Cam. He put me on and gave me this opportunity. There’s no issue at all. But you know,at the end of the day, Jaffe is Jaffe. So, it all depends—you know, when you ask him that question, it all depends on how his day is going [Laughs]. But nah, there’s no problem. It was just time to go to the roof. He took me to the Promised Land, now its time for me to go beyond it. Outer space.

After the Interscope deal fell through, do you have reservations about signing to another major?

Nah. I feel like an artist like me, I don’t have to, but I should go major. I need a big stage. You not gonna put  Kobe Bryant in the NBDL [National Basketball Development League]? You know what I’m saying? I need a big stage, I’m coming for that spotlight. Before I even go indie, I got to do the big stage. Real talk, the sky is the limit.

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