"Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010" Candidate: Vado
This summer is a lot different than the last for Harlem's Vado. During a [article id="1619849"]Mixtape Daily shoot[/article], our cameras caught up with him as he filmed a viral video for his Boss of All Bosses mixtape with mentor Cam'ron and DJ Drama. You had to walk several floors to the rooftop, where Killa and a circle of a few dozen of their friends were waiting. It was scorching hot and bottles of liquor and water were in heavy rotation.
Last week, though, Vado was still surrounded by bottles and a lot of his guys were there, but there were more chicks and, lo and behold, air conditioning. The caliber of production was on a much larger scale. Cam and Vado were filming the clip for their first single, [article id="1639192"]"Speakin' Tongues,"[/article] which is the lead cut from their group album, Gunz N' Butta (due August 31).
"It was a good look, because that was my first official video, and it was with the big homie Cam," Vado said.
"I don't know what nobody thought," Cam laughed last month in Atlanta when asked about the song. "It's me. This is what I do for a living. But shout to Vado. It's his record. He got the beat and all that. I was like, 'Nah, we gotta put that out immediately.' "
"The song is about partying, living the Harlem life. Ballin'. You already know," Vado added.
Vado's name being mentioned with the "Hottest Breakthrough" candidates comes off the strength of his MCing, as it should. Put aside all the extras -- backstory, swagger, affiliations -- the guy can rap. He has lyrics but gets his point across every time with gallons of energy.
And with the Killa Cam co-sign to add to his talent, Vado has become one of the top-tier blue-chippers.
Vado, who's been rapping for the past decade, finally got his shine when Cam -- who's from the same neighborhood -- introduced him on the mixtape circuit last year through tapes as a member of his new crew the U.N. The duo have kept their buzz bubbling with their Boss of All Bosses mixtapes.
Cam is taking his time before fully unleashing his protégé. Gunz N' Butta is the setup to Vado's solo album, Slime Flu, due before 2010 is done.
Vado and 19 other up-and-coming MCs are in the running to become MTV News' [article id="1642015"]"Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010"[/article] -- and the winner will be decided by you!
Cast your vote for the "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" right here. The top five will be revealed beginning on July 19, and the winner will be announced on the "Sucker Free Summit" July 25.