Vado’s ‘Slime Flu’ to be Released on E1
Fans of Cam’ron protégé Vado have been eagerly anticipating the young Harlem rapper’s solo mixtape, Slime Flu for the last few months. However, at the last minute, plans for the project have taken an unexpected turn. Originally scheduled to drop online for free download, the disc will now be hitting store shelves early next month, courtesy of E1 Records. XXLMag.com recently chopped it up with the former Show & Prove candidate to find out about the change of heart.
According to Vado, the tape built a big enough demand that the labels started to make offers. “Everybody goin’ crazy for it,” he said. “I been always skeptical with the project ’cause I didn’t really know when I wanted to put it out… [Cam and I] was comin’ out with the Gangsta Grillz: Boss of all Bosses…so it just built a buzz and anticipation for it so [labels] started reachin’.”
Although fans will have to cough up some coins to purchase the project, Vado says he will be dropping enough free songs leading up to its release that people won’t feel short-changed. “I’m leakin’ an original song every week, every Monday,” he explained. “I’m damn near givin’ y’all a mixtape. By time the [CD] drop I’m givin’ y’all bout at least 10 unreleased songs.”
The street album—Vado says he doesn’t consider it his proper debut—will feature 16 original tracks, with cameos from mentor Cam’ron (included on two cuts), partner-in-rhyme Jae Millz and newcomer Meek Mill.
Slime Flu hits stores on October 12. —Jesse Gissen