|Birth name||David Constantine Brooks|
30 November 1981 |
|Labels||We the Best Music Group, Cash Money Records|
|Associated acts||Alliance, Gully Squad, Bounty Killer, DJ Khaled, French Montana, Vybz Kartel|
David Constantine Brooks was raised in an area known as "Cuban", a micro ghetto within the heart of Kingston, Jamaica's Cassava Piece community. His grandmother gave him his first musical experience at a young age, bringing him to church to sing. He also cites the music of Bounty Killer as an early influence.
The boyhood idol became his mentor when at the age of 15, Bounty took him under his wing to show him the ropes of the music industry and introduced him to his manager, dancehall music business legend Julian Jones-Griffith, who would go on to manage Mavado's illustrious career. He decided to name himself "Mavado" after the Swiss watch company Movado, with his manager altering the spelling.
His debut single, "Real McKoy" on the Anger Management riddim in 2004, provided him instant success. 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 10 July 2007 on VP Records. "Weh Dem A Do" and "Dying", two singles from the album, were featured heavily on R&B/hip-hop radio in the US and around the world.
That same year brought Mavado off-stage controversy, as he was unlawfully 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 sewn up at a local hospital. Police claimed Mavado escaped from custody, even though they let him walk out of the police station and go to the hospital with his manager.  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.
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".
In 2008 Mavado was given the prestigious UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.
He has also collaborated with many of the world's top urban acts including Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Ludacris, Birdman, Fabolous, Ace Hood, Akon, Snoop Dogg and is the only Jamaican act to have worked with Jay Z. Jay Z remixed Mavado's smash hit On The Rock, that went on to also see Billboard success.
Mavado formed his own label, Mansion Records, in 2011, which debuted with the single "Delilah" that was given mainstream US radio rotation. Along with Bounty Killer, he has cited 2Pac as a childhood idol, comparing the late rapper's life to his own.
On 1 September 2011, Mavado appeared on the Angie Martinez show on New York's Hot 97 radio station to announce that he had signed a deal with DJ Khaled's record label We the Best Music Group. Mavado released two singles "Emergency" featuring Ace Hood, and "Survivor" featuring Akon on We the Best Music Group. Mavado has confirmed the first song on his next album. It is called "Rise" Featuring DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Akon.
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.
As lead artist
- "Take It" ft Karian Sang (2012)
- "Give It All To Me" ft Nicki Minaj (2013)
As featured artist
(Lil' Kim featuring Wyclef Jean and Mavado)
|2012||"One by One"
(Laza Morgan featuring Mavado)
(Snoop Lion featuring Popcaan and Mavado)
- Other guest appearances
- 2008: "We're On Fire" on Foxy Brown album Brooklyn's Don Diva
- 2009: "Sunrise" on Vybz Kartel album Most Wanted
- 2012: "Who Wan Test" on Nino Brown album We Don't See'em 3
- 2012: "Suicidal Thoughts" on DJ Khaled's Kiss The Ring
- 2013: "Fuck What Happens Tonight" by French Montana featuring DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg and Scarface on Excuse My French
- 2013: "Ghetto Prayer" by French Montana
- 2013: "On Top Of My Game" by Papoose (rapper)
- 2014: "Buss Guns" by Ace Hood on Starvation 3
- 2014: "Mafia Music III" by Rick Ross on Mastermind
- Mavado biography. Reggae Sumfest. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
- Mavado: Life After Death. Billboard. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
- Cooke, Mel. Mavado: dancehall lovers/haters' fantasy. Jamaica Gleaner. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
- Cole, Debra. Mavado - "Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks". YardFlex. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
- Cops seek Mavado, Kartel. Jamaica Star. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
- Brooks, Sadeke (17 May 2011). "Mavado forms own label - Set to release new single soon". Jamaica Star. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- Sparks, Marvin (13 April 2011). "Chipmunk feat. Mavado – "Every Gyal"". Soul Culture. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Mavado loses conviction appeal", Jamaica Observer, 19 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013
- LesCharts.com: Mavado page