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 the 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 , an acronym that stands for "Violence And Drugs Only.
I was destined to come / Predicted, blame God, he blew breath in my lungs – Hate Me Now