Vado, 'Slime Flu' (E1)

Slime Flu
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Label: E1

by Sean Fennessey

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.

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