Vado Explains Why He Left Interscope Records


Vado was on fire back in 2009 after dropping his collaborative mixtape Boss of All Bosses with Cam’Ron in 2009, following with his breakout solo project Slime Flu the following year.

But after signing a deal with Interscope Records in March 2011, Vado got quiet, with rumors floating that he had subsequently been dropped from the imprint. During an interview with, the Harlem, New York rapper said that he instead asked for his walking papers and felt that he didn’t make the right decision to go with the label.

“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, who is currently prepping his Slime Flu 3 project, said that Interscope was “under construction” and that the label let him go 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. 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.