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Mixtape review: Vado releases new 'Sinatra' EP

'Sinatra' artwork
'Sinatra' artwork
'Sinatra' art via DatPiff

Vado, Album Review, Mixtape


Uptown/Harlem rapper Vado elicits assistance from some familiar faces. Bronx rapper French Montana, Rick Ross and Ace Hood all jump on his newest project, 'Sinatra,' available for free on DatPiff.

Make no question about it, Harlem rapper Vado has in many ways undergone his fair share of trials and tribulations which, unsurprisingly, an artist often experiences especially within an inconsistent and erratic industry. Several years removed since riding shotgun under the tutelage of the fashion-forward Cameron Giles, also known to the world as Cam’ron, the budding emcee swiped a page from the book of Miami Heat forward LeBron James and took his talents to South Beach. Here, he united with the innovative mind of the one-and-only DJ Khaled.

Nonetheless, Vado has always had the ability of slithering his way into our iPods and airwaves every blue-moon occasion, finding some possible way to shell out multiple dosages of his Slime Flu series. So, now with the animated DJ Khaled assuming commander-and-chief duties for the young star, the We the Best’s newest recruit is ready to show and prove on not only his blossoming potential, but to also demonstrate he’s well capable of taking on any of his competitors with his criminally underrated flows.

He’s surely got a lot to prove, more specifically to his naysayers, who all left him for dead – and as if forums weren’t already a nuisance – worthy critics laid down the ax on his career, too. Now, this week he resurfaces with a bundle of new visuals and tracks in the form of his aptly titled project, Sinatra, which clocks in at about 8 cuts deep.

And evidently, he’s apparently not here for the fun and games, as he channels his inner blue-eye swag. Similar to his previous project releases, the braggadocious rapper is back in A-game form, as he liberates a slew of venomous-laced lyrics filled with slick lines pertaining to his debonair sense of fashion, his fulfilling beddings of exquisite women and crime-lord lifestyle. Playing devil’s advocate, the Uptown bred rapper attacks the reworked B Wirks production on the rattling ‘Pimpin,’ (a rehashed version of JAY Z and UGK’s ‘Big Pimpin’) a number jam-packed with precise and detailed flows of his lavish way of life and, of course, his lack of remorse for the opposite sex.

It would appear it’s a compassionless trait his mentor Cam’ron passed on so effortlessly (or in this instance JAY Z) – a characteristic his Harlem predecessors and current peers – floss with ease on wax. Vado aggressively kicks off the track, spitting “you know I thug them, f**k ‘em/ love them…leave ‘em/ cuz I don’t f**king need them/ bug ‘em, cuff them/ never need them/ whatever you can keep them.” An adamant motto an unforgiving pimp must live by.

From there, he enlists the help of Broward County representative and his We The Best label-mate Ace Hood on the rapidly sped up instrumental found on “2 Fingers,” a horn driven cut led by the soulful chops of singer-songwriter Kevin Cossom, as the trio toast a glass to their haters with two simple gestures: a middle finger and a deuces sign for good measure. How fitting, right? He’s obviously not done with his boastful jargon, and for his next immodest act of arrogant verbiage, he recruits the swagger champs of the Bronx and Miami areas, French Montana and Rick Ross, respectively. Not only is the clan’s boisterous lyrical prowess on full display, but the rowdy threesome get a once in a lifetime opportunity to turn all the way up on the piano-key [laden] production of the forgotten Scott Storch, who is prepping for a monstrous musical comeback this year.

He finds solace on the sample-heavy songs ‘Intro,’ and ‘I Need.’ The latter is a poignant gem (produced by Dipset's frequent collaborators Heatmakerz) that serves as a heartfelt dedication to his day-one family, an ode to those supportive folks who stuck by his side through all his adversities and accomplishments.

In what we’re able to take away from ‘Sinatra’ is one thing, Vado hasn’t lost a step one bit despite his pitfalls, as this is an indication of what he has been cooking up in the lab, and his fans should be definitely prepared for the mouthwatering full-course meal: an official debut LP. It’s what the thirsty masses want, too.

For the latest look at his clip, 'Look Into My Eyes,' head over here to check it out right now.