Admit it. Just like the first time you heard of Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, you figured Teeyon “Vado” Winfree was nothing more than Cam’ron’s latest weed carrier. Dip SetAny rapper that got to co-star with Cam’ron on the well-received DJ Drama Boss Of All Bosses mixtape trilogy just ’cause Killa co-signed couldn’t possibly be nice, right? But after dropping stellar verses on “Ric Flair” and “Speakin’ Tongues,” and showcasing his hilarious slang (to wit: “Slime,” “Flea,” and “Moth”), it’s clear that the Uptown kid is one of New York’s brightest new stars. So much so that many, including childhood friend Jae Millz, felt he should have been included on XXL’s freshman cover. And for those wondering if he could stand on his own, last month Vado (which is actually an acronym for “violence and drugs only”) dropped a video for his Big L-inspired “Large In The Streets”—a song whose third verse parallel’s the late legend’s classic “Ebonics.” Busy working on his solo debut, Slime Flu, as well as the upcoming U.N. album, Gunz N’ Butta, Vado checked in with Complex to discuss how he met Cam, what “Large In The Streets” meant for his career, and his role in the upcoming Diplomats reunion.

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