Vado, ‘Slime Flu’ (E1)
Vado is a disciple of fellow Harlemite and eloquent asshole Cam’ron. But unlike his mentor, Vado lacks silk or slyness. He’s all about brusqueness, from his halting “Huuunh” ad-libs to his churlish, aggressive voice — an exclamation point to Cam’s sneaky ellipses. But Slime Flu has its charms, acting as an energetic reminder of insider-y, turn-of-the-century New York hip-hop long gone: sample-laden, ignorant, and wealth-obsessed. “My pockets so big / Parade, I’m on the float, throwing knots to most kids,” he raps on “Bullets & Gun Smoke.” How magnanimous.