Rookie Watch: Is Vado The Future Of New York Hip-Hop?

He might draw a striking resemblance to a young Shyne Po who signed to Bad Boy a decade ago, but Cam'Ron protegé Vado is officially the hottest new New York City rapper. The Harlem-bred Teeyon “Vado” Winfree has the city riding behind him from his memorable appearances on the DJ Drama-hosted Boss of All Bosses mixtape series, which he co-starred in alongside Killa Cam.

With a heavily '90s influenced rhyme style and vernacular that is as Harlem as Willie Burger and Rich Porter, Vado (‘Violence And Drugs Only’) is currently working on his first release with Cam, Gunz & Butta, due out next month on E1 Records. Killa was M.I.A., but we tracked down his cohort at his record label HQs and let the interrogations commence. —Mikey Fresh 



VIBE: There’s a lot of talk of you having the hottest verse on the “Salute (Remix)”; the first Dipset record since their reunion. Was that Cam’s idea for you jump on it?

Vado: It definitely wasn’t Cam’s idea. Somebody just put the bug in my ear saying I need to “Salute.” I’m new to the table and the Diplomats put out this hard record, so I just did a little freestyle to salute them and congratulate them. I’m just paying homage. He didn’t even know I did the record, I think he was in Miami when I put it out. But when he heard my verse, it was all love.

Have you officially recorded any new music with the Dips?

I haven’t done anything with them, but I’m sure I’ll end up on a track or two. They got like six or sever songs that I’ve heard them. It’s the takeover, Slime.

“Speakin' Tungs” is one of the hottest club records in New York right now. I heard the video shoot in South Beach got a little wild…

Yo, we was really partying, drunk as hell. But that’s just the beginning,“We All Up In Here” is the next one, we shot like 10 videos for the Internet.

You guys named The U.N.’s debut album “Gunz & Butta”—was that influenced by the economic policy “Guns and Butter”?

Well, you’re going to have to ask Flea about that. But it’s about getting money and doing whatever necessary to protect that. It doesn’t have to be guns though, it’s really your brain. Brains and business.

After putting out three mixtapes with Cam and Drama since last summer, what can we expect with this album?

There’s way more concepts on there, I’m a concept artist. I take time with my music and really think it out. I’m not just spitting bars, but I’m bringing you into my world. Cam brought me here and I’m going to show them. I’m trying to reach the kids that just don’t have shit. They out there hustling for someone else. I want to be in every kids’ iPod in Harlem.

Your chemistry with AraabMuzik is reminiscent of Dipset and The Heatmakerz in their heyday, how much input do you have during his beat-making process?

Me and Arab is like X and Swizz. He’ll come in the studio and just start punching on the machine, making beats in front of me. I’ll let him what I want to hear when I’m there.

Do you have a personal favorite from the album?

My favorite joint is “American Greed,” the first song on the album. Shout out to Lou Pearlman—God bless the dead—Kirk Wright and all the white collar criminals, corporate gangsters. I feel like a lot of rappers talk about the drug game but they never talk about the other side of it. Dudes with no guns in suits is making billions off this.

I’ve noticed your rhymes are heavy with white-collar crimes references, was that something you were really into?

Growing up in my teens I was hustling, so of course I was like looking up to the Rich and Po[s]. But in my early 20’s, I got involved in the white-collar game… credit cards, checks, instant credit, all that. I was heavy into it. It’s not really the drug game where I’m from, it’s that game. That’s the new hustle.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.


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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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Usher Releases "Peace Sign" Video Off Of 'A' Project

Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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