Vado’s Top 5 Harlem MCs


XXL.com recently caught up with Vado to get his take on who are the best MCs from Harlem.

What’s poppin’, Slime? Vado, who recently signed with Interscope Records, is set to release his collabo album with mentor Cam’ron titled Gunz n’ Butta on April 12. The Uptown duo is also working on their forthcoming mixtape, Boss of all Bosses 3. Under Cam’s guidance, Vado is poised to add to Harlem’s storied legacy in hip-hop. XXL caught up with Vado to find out his favorite Harlem spitters. Huuh!

Continue reading for his breakdown of the best spitters from Harlem.



Big L
“For starters, I have to go with Big L because he was, in my eyes, the first one to get off on the hood. You know, he had a chance to take it far, but unfortunately, you know, rest in peace Big L. He’s my number one.”

Cam’ron
“Definitely, I’d have to go with Cam for what he did for Harlem. You know, he was the only artist that made it out of Harlem and took a whole lot of people after him, that made them successful. So, definitely, shout out to King Ja.”

Ma$e
“Ma$e put the scope on Harlem, you know? When he first came out with Puff and everything. He’s one of the best that really went international with it and just had Harlem like Beverly Hills, somewhere that they wanted to come to.”

Juelz Santana
“I would definitely have to say Juelz, definitely ‘cause, you know, what he brought to the game. He was young and he really took it further than a lot [of rappers]. He made it motivational for a lot of artists, young artists to try to walk his path with it. Shout out to Elz.”

Jae Millz
“Jae Millz, as far as what he brought to the game on the battling tip. He was the first artist to come out of Harlem on the battling tip and get a deal. There’s some history for y’all. Harlem!”

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