Vado

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Vado
Birth name Teeyon Winfree
Born (1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2008–present
Labels We the Best, Cash Money, Diplomat, DD172/BluRoc
Associated acts The Diplomats, Cam'ron, The U.N., DJ Khaled, Jae Millz

Teeyon Winfree, better known by his stage name Vado, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York City. He is best known for his affiliation with Cam'ron and Dipset.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Teeyon Winfree was born on March 13, 1985. He was raised in Harlem and grew up on 144th and Lenox and is of Jamaican, St. Vincent, and African American descent. Winfree first started writing at 16 and was influenced by Big L, Ma$e and Cam'ron. At the age of 19, Vado appeared on a public access television show named "Mad Ciphas." In 2008, he released tracks with childhood friend, Jae Millz. Winfree's original stage name was MOVADO but later was shortened to VADO. Vado is an acronym that stands for "Violence And Drugs Only." [1]

Career[edit]

In March 2009 a mutual friend linked Vado with New York rapper and Dipset member Cam'ron who invited Vado to come record music with him and after their first session Cam made Vado the new keystone artist of his crew U.N.[2] Vado officially released his long-awaited debut mixtape Slime Flu on October 12, 2010 under Diplomat Records/E1 Music.

Vado is featured on the DJ Khaled track "Future" with rappers Ace Hood, Wale, Meek Mill and Big Sean, produced by Boi-1da, from Khaled's fifth studio album We the Best Forever. In 2010, Vado's mentor and friend Cam'ron introduced him to Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash, and Cam'ron and Dame were in talks of The U.N. signing to the newly re-launched Roc-A-Fella. Vado signed with Dame's subsidiary record label of Roc-A-Fella under DD172 named BluRoc. The U.N. would also sign to BluRoc instead of Roc-A-Fella.

After signing he would release the critically acclaimed mixtape Slime Flu and the Bosses of all Bosses mixtape with Cam'ron.[3] He would then release the album Gunz n' Butta with Cam'ron in April 2011. It would chart on the Billboard 200 at #78. On November 25, 2011 he would release the second Slime Flu mixtape.[4] In 2012 after remaining quiet for a while Vado was granted a release from Interscope to return to the independents.[5] On January 22, 2013 Vado released his third installment of his Slime Flu mixtape series.[6] On January 30, 2013, Vado confirmed he signed with DJ Khaled's We the Best Music Group label.[7] Vado has appeared on different VH1 shows, like Love & Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew. After appearing on Lil Wayne's Dedication 5 and DJ Khaled's Suffering from Success, on December 13, 2013, Vado released a new single "Look Me In My Eyes" featuring Rick Ross and French Montana. He also announced that he would be releasing a new EP titled Sinatra.[8]

Discography[edit]

Collaborative albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions RIAA Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2010 Heat In Here Vol. 1 (with U.N.) 146 30 16
2011 Gunz n' Butta (with Cam'ron) 78 15 7 20,000+

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Boss of All Bosses[10]
(with Cam'ron)
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Slime Flu[11]
  • Released: October 12, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Boss of All Bosses 2[12]
(with Cam'ron)
  • Released: January 12, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Boss of All Bosses 2.5[13]
(with Cam'ron)
  • Released: May 12, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Boss of All Bosses 2.8[14]
(with Cam'ron)
  • Released: September 5, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Boss of All Bosses 3[15]
(with Cam'ron)
  • Released: December 15, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Slime Flu 2[4]
  • Released: November 25, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
UNLostFiles[16]
(with Cam'ron)
  • Released: May 11, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Slime Flu 3[17]
  • Released: January 22, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
V-Day[18]
  • Released: February 15, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Slime Flu 4[19]
  • Released: August 15, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Sinatra[20]
  • Released: February 10, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
2010 "Speaking in Tungs"
(featuring Cam'ron)
82 Slime Flu and Gunz n' Butta
2011 "Hey Muma"
(featuring Cam'ron)
84[21] Gunz n' Butta
2014 "My Bae"
(featuring Jeremih)
TBA

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
"Livin' Dreams"
(Akini Blake featuring Maino, Vado And Fred The Godson)
2012

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"That Work" 2010 DJ Suss One, Uncle Murda, Cassidy, Joell Ortiz, French Montana The Feature Presentation Album
"Mo Brooklyn, Mo Harlem, Mo Southside" 2011 Fabolous, Lloyd Banks The S.O.U.L. Tape
"We Run The Town" 2012 Lloyd Banks V.6: The Gift
"Shut The City Down" CashFlow The Enterprise
"Clap, Clap, Clap" (Remix) J-Star, Twista N/A
"Something Else" Fred The Godson, Face49 Gordo Frederico
"Excuse Me" DJ Kay Slay, Gunplay, Uncle Murda, Sauce Money The Return Of The Gatekeeper
"Make It Back" Bizzy Crook P.S. I'm Sorry 2
"Out Here" Smoke DZA, ASAP Twelvy K.O.N.Y.
"5:46 A.M." Al-Doe, Boldy James Nose Candy.
"Violent Music" DJ Kay Slay, Busta Rhymes, DJ Paul Grown Man Hip-Hop
"Count Your Blessings"[22] 2013 DJ Kay Slay, Torch, Uncle Murda Grown Man Hip Hop Part 2 (Sleepin' With The Enemy)
"I Gotta Eat" Jae Millz, Fred The Godson Dead Presidents 2
"I Came"[23] Funkmaster Flex, Reek da Villian Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
"The Sound Of NYC" DJ Kay Slay, Sheek Louch, Styles P The Last Champion
"New York City" Uncle Murda, Waka Flocka Flame N/A
"Levels" Lil Wayne Dedication 5
"Black Ghost"[24] DJ Khaled Suffering from Success
"Take That Off"[24] DJ Khaled, Jeremih
"Paint The Sky" Lloyd Banks F.N.O. (Failure's No Option)
"Home Invasion"[25] 2014 Ace Hood Starvation 3
"Fire"[26] DJ Kay Slay, Young Chris, Papoose, Nathaniel The Rise of a City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blanco, Alvin (October 2009), Show & Prove: Vado, XXL Magazine, p. 52 
  2. ^ Blanco, Alvin (October 2009), Show & Prove: Vado, XXL Magazine, p. 52 
  3. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2011-08-12). "Vado Discusses "Slime Flu 2," "Killa Season 2" & "Boss Of All Bosses 3". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Vado - Slime Flu 2 // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  5. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-01-08). "Vado Explains Why He Left Interscope Records". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  6. ^ Iandoli, Kathy (2013-01-14). "Mixtape Release Dates: Consequence, Big K.R.I.T., B-Real, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  7. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-01-30). "Vado Confirms Signing To DJ Khaled's We The Best Imprint". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  8. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2013/12/vado-rick-ross-french-montana-look-me-in-my-eyes
  9. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (2010-10-02). "Cam'ron & Vado's "Gunz N' Butta" Release Date Slips Away". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Cam'ron - Boss Of All Bosses: Gangsta Grillz Hosted by Dj Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Slime Flu by Vado". Itunes. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Cam'ron - Boss Of All Bosses 2 Hosted by Dj Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  13. ^ "Cam'ron & Vado - Boss Of All Bosses 2.5 Hosted by Dj Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  14. ^ "Cam'ron & Vado - Boss Of All Bosses 2.8: Road To 3.0 Hosted by Cam'ron // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Boss of All Bosses 3 by DJ Drama, Cam'ron & Vado". Itunes. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  16. ^ "Mixtape: Cam'ron & Vado "#UNLostFiles"". Complex. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  17. ^ "Vado - Slime Flu 3 // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  18. ^ "Vado - V-Day EP // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  19. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/watch-dj-khaled-promo-his-new-single-no-new-friends-with-a-movie
  20. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Vado-Sinatra-mixtape.578959.html
  21. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  22. ^ "DJ Kay Slay - Grown Man Hip Hop Part 2 (Sleepin' With The Enemy) // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  23. ^ "New Mixtape: Funkmaster Flex 'Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?'". Vibe. April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b Ryon, Sean (2013-10-06). "DJ Khaled "Suffering From Success" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklisting". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  25. ^ "Ace Hood - Starvation 3". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  26. ^ Big Homie (January 24, 2014). "New Mixtape: DJ Kay Slay The Rise Of The City". RapRadar. Retrieved January 24, 2014.