Dipset affiliate Vado has stepped up to address rumors claiming he got dropped from Interscope Records and explained where he has been over these past 12 months.
Despite signing back in 2011, Vado said he regretted putting his career in the West Coast-based 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. 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. … Yeah. They were really under construction over there anyway so, they were like, Aight well here you go; you’re welcome to leave. I’d rather leave on that note than getting dropped or something.” (XXL Mag)
He also denied getting the pink slip from Interscope Records despite a short-lived run.
“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. [Was it a learning experience?] Yeah, most definitely. As far as for the haters, good talents like me can’t be off the market for too long. You’ll hear eventually, trust me.” (XXL Mag)
Back in April 2011, Vado boasted about joining Jimmy Iovine‘s renowned company.
“I feel like Kobe [Bryant] when he first went to the Lakers,” Vado told radio host Jenny Boom Boom. “You know he had the talent, you know he been good since he got to that level but now it’s time to see what he can do on the mainstream. You know? … Everybody is going to be satisfied. Trust me. It’s going to be music for everyone. [What do I not want to do with my Interscope debut?] Not be [myself]. Anything you do, be yourself at it.” (Jenny Boom Boom TV)
A month prior, Dipset leader Cam’ron formally announced the Interscope deal.
On Monday (March 28), Cam’ron announced that his protégé, fellow Harlem rapper Vado, has inked a recording contract with Interscope Records. “He just signed a deal with Interscope,” the rapper told Angie Martinez on her Hot 97 radio show. “Shout to Jimmy Iovine, DJ [DJ Mormile, senior VP of A&R at Interscope], what up, yo?! Big shout to DJ and Jimmy Iovine over there at Interscope. We appreciate that.” (MTV)
Check out a recent Vado interview: