Mavado (singer)

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Birth nameDavid Constantine Brooks
Also known asGully Gaad
Born (1981-11-30) 30 November 1981 (age 37)[1]
Kingston, Jamaica
OriginKingston, Jamaica
  • Deejay
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present
Associated acts

David Constantine Brooks (born 30 November 1981), better known by his stage name Mavado, is a Jamaican deejay, singer and songwriter, who is signed to We the Best Music Group and formerly to Cash Money Records.


David Constantine Brooks was raised in Kingston, Jamaica's Cassava Piece community.[2]

He cites the music of Bounty Killer as an early influence;[2] 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.[3] He decided to name himself "Mavado" after the Swiss watch company Movado, with his manager altering the spelling.[4]

Mavado's first single, "Real McKoy", was released in 2004 and was his breakthrough single,[2] 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.[5] "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.[3]

That same year brought Mavado off-stage controversy, as he was unlawfully detained by Jamaican police.[3][4] 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,[3][4] he was later arrested and charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm in relation to an event occurring 27 July 2007.[6] He was later freed of all charges.[7]

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".[8]

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.

In 2008 Mavado was given the prestigious UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

In April 2010, Mavado starred as a gangster in Drake's song Find Your Love for Drake's album Thank Me Later

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" that was given mainstream US radio rotation.[9] Along with Bounty Killer, he has cited 2Pac as a childhood idol, comparing the late rapper's life to his own.[3]

In 2011, Mavado recorded with U.K. grime artist Chipmunk on the track "Every Gyal".[10]

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 three singles "Emergency" featuring Ace Hood, Soulja girl and "Survivor" featuring Akon on We the Best Music Group.

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.[11] An appeal against the sentence was unsuccessful.[11]

In 2012, it was announced that Mavado will feature in the upcoming "Shottas 2" a sequel to the Shottas movie, which starred Ky-Mani Marley and Spragga Benz[12]

In 2016, Mavado's song "Progress" on The Mineral Boss Records Produced "Money Boss Riddim" was featured in DJ Khaled's "Major Key" album. a 14 track album. The album was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Awards on the "best rap" album category.

In 2017, Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel formed a camp known as MVP, the biggest and hottest thing in Jamaica in the recent years.[13]

in 2018, Mavado collaborated with Sean Paul for an inspirational song called "I'm Sanctify".[14]

Personal life[edit]

Mavado married his wife Monique McKenzie in a secret wedding in 2012 in the USA, they have two children, Vuitton and Daisy. Mavado also has three children from other previous relationships, Danielle and Dante (siblings), and Gavyn.




  • "Weh Dem Ah Do" (2007)
  • "Real McKoy" (2007)
  • "Lost Dem" (2011)
  • "Do Road" (2011)
  • "Million Dollar Man" (2013)
  • "Tie Yuh" (2014)
  • "Ben Ova" (2014)
  • "My Own" (2014)
  • "Ghetto Bible" (2015)
  • "My League" (2015)
  • "Big League" (2016)
  • "Progress" (2016)
  • "Mama" (2017)
  • "Red Rose" (2017)
  • "Dress to Impress" (2018)
  • "Enemies" (2018)
  • "I'm Sanctify" - ft. Sean Paul (2018)
  • "Father God" (2018)

As lead artist[edit]

  • "Take It" featuring Karian Sang (2012)
  • "Give It All to Me" featuring Nicki Minaj (2013)
  • "Ain't Going Back Broke" featuring Future and Ace Hood (2015)

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
2008 "Caribbean Connection"
(Lil' Kim featuring Wyclef Jean and Mavado)
2012 "One by One"
(Laza Morgan featuring Mavado)
"Who Wan Test"
(Nino Brown featuring Mavado and Junior Reid)
We Don't See Em 3
2013 "Lighters Up"
(Snoop Lion featuring Popcaan and Mavado)
(Vado ft. Mavado & Ace Hood)
2014 "Lady Patra"
(Iggy Azalea featuring Mavado)
The New Classic
2016 "Progress"
(DJ Khaled featuring Mavado)
Major Key
(Ram Riddlz featuring Mavado)
(Chinx featuring Mavado & French Montana)
Legends Never Die
2017 "God Knows"[16]
(Kalash featuring Mavado)
95 Mwaka Moon
2018 "Coming from Afar"[17]
(Matisyahu featuring Mavado)


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  2. ^ a b c "Mavado - Biography - Billboard".
  3. ^ a b c d e Mavado: Life After Death. Billboard. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
  4. ^ a b c Cooke, Mel. Mavado: dancehall lovers/haters' fantasy Archived 8 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Jamaica Gleaner. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
  5. ^ Cole, Debra. Mavado - "Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks". YardFlex. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
  6. ^ Cops seek Mavado, Kartel Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Jamaica Star. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-3-8.
  7. ^ "Movado in Court". RJR News Online. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ Is Mavado Richer Than Vybz Kartel?. Hype Life Magazine, 27 October 2008 . Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  9. ^ Brooks, Sadeke (17 May 2011). "Mavado forms own label - Set to release new single soon". Jamaica Star. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  10. ^ Sparks, Marvin (13 April 2011). "Chipmunk feat. Mavado – "Every Gyal"". Soul Culture. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Mavado loses conviction appeal Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Observer, 19 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013
  12. ^ Online, Jamaica Star. "Mavado to star in Shottas 2 - Entertainment - Jamaica Star - April 24, 2012". Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Mavado Says MVP Is Biggest Thing In Dancehall". The Tropixs. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Sean Paul, Mavado cry for peace through 'I'm Sanctify'". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Discographie Mavado".
  16. ^ "Mwaka Moon by Kalash on iTunes". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  17. ^ Cummings-Grady, MacKenzie. " - Matisyahu Releases Energetic New Single 'Coming From Afar' Featuring Mavado". Retrieved 9 April 2019.