Mavado born David Constantine Brooks is a Jamaican dancehall singer. He was born on the 30th of November, 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica.
He is a reggae dancehall singer who often crosses over into the world of hip-hop and he has has worked with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and DJ Khalid. In 2008 Mavado was given the UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.
In April 2010, Mavado starred in a music video as a gangster in Drake’s song Find Your Love for Drake’s album Thank Me Later.
He is a power house when it comes to reggae dancehall music in the world and he is signed to “We the Best Music Group” owned by DJ Khalid.
Let’s look at his biography below.
Mavado Real Name
He was born David Constantine Brooks but he known on the music scene as Mavado.
He was born on the 30th of November, 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is currently 40 years old.
He hails from Kingston, Jamaica’s Cassava Piece community, one of Kingston, Jamaica’s more dangerous ghettos.
Mavado Personal Life
Mavado got married to Monique McKenzie in a secret wedding in 2012 in USA. They have two children, Vuitton and Daisy.
Mavado has three other children from two different relationships, Danielle and Dante, and Gavyn.
In the year 2016, he was detained by Jamaican police. While in police custody, the singer claims he was thrown through a glass window, slicing three fingers in the process, which were reattached at a local hospital.
Police claimed Mavado escaped from custody while at the hospital. He was later arrested and charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm in relation to an event occurring 27 July 2007. He was later freed of all charges. Subsequently, he was refused entry into the United States.
Mavado did not sign the Reggae Compassionate Act and has been criticised for anti-gay lyrics (in such songs as ”Batty Bwoy Termination” where the lyrics say “Battyboy must die, Lesbian must die, Sodomite must die”), as well as alleged promotion of gun violence. The issue caused him to be banned at times from several Caribbean countries.
In May 2012 he was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and malicious destruction of property after a driving incident, and was fined a total of $100,000. An appeal against the sentence was unsuccessful.
He cites the music of Bounty Killer as an early influence. Bounty took him under his wing to show him the ropes of the music industry and introduced him to his manager, Julian Jones-Griffith.
He decided to name himself “Mavado” after the Swiss watch company Movado, with his manager altering the spelling.
In 2005, Mavado had his breakthrough with his first single, “Real McKoy”. He further established himself with the follow-up record “Weh Dem a Do”, on the Red Bull & Guinness riddim, that had the distinction of hitting Billboard.
After a string of hits in 2005 and 2006, Mavado released the album “Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks” on the 10th of July 2007 on VP Records. The single “Dying” from the album was featured heavily on New York’s WQHT (Hot 97) R&B/hip-hop radio station.
In March 2008, Mavado was featured performing a rendition of his song “Real McKoy” for Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer #4 “Everyone’s a Rat”. “Real McKoy”, along with “Last Night” (both from the album Gangsta for Life), were also featured in the game on the radio station “Massive B Radio”.
Mavado was also featured on the G-Unit track ‘Let It Go’ along with Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks for the album: T.O.S: Terminate on Sight in 2008. He was the only non-G-Unit feature on the album.
He has also collaborated with Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Ludacris, Birdman, Fabolous, Ace Hood, Akon, 50 Cent’s G-Unit, Snoop Dogg and JAY Z.
Mavado formed his own label, Mansion Records, in 2011, which debuted with the single “Delilah”. He has cited 2Pac as a childhood idol, comparing the late rapper’s life to his own.
Mavado Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
His official Instagram username is @mavadogully. He is known on Twitter as @Mavado_Gully. His Facebook page account is Mavado Gully.
Mavado Latest Songs
Mavado has quite a number of hit tunes to his credit. Among them is the banger Artillery, Life, Keep Going Up, Holy Mountain, among many others. You can download and listen to Mavado’s music here.