Jamaican DJ, singer, and songwriter, David Constantine Brooks, is better known to his fans as Mavado, and formerly Gully Gaad. Born November 30, 1981, in Kingston, Jamaica, he specializes in dancehall and raga. Previously signed to Cash Money Records, he’s currently under contract to We the Best Music Group. Raised in the Cassava Pierce community, Bounty Killer was one of his early influences. When the talented teen was just 15, Bounty Killer became his mentor and dancehall legend, Julian Jones-Griffith, began managing his career. His breakthrough single “Real McKoy” was released in 2004.
The trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV features his song “Real McKoy” and “Last Night.” Mavado won the UK’s prestigious MOMO Award for Best Reggae Act in 2008 and was cast as the star gangster in Drake’s song “Find Your Love” on his 2010 “Thank Me Later” album. The artist was featured on the G-Unit track “Let It Go,” and has collaborated with music industry giants encompassing Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Ludacris, Birdman, Snoop Dog, Jay Z, and 50 Cent’s G-Unit. He formed his own Mansion Records label in 2011 and signed a deal with DJ Khaled’s label. He married his wife Monique McKenzie in a secret United States ceremony in 2012. They have two children together. He’s released two albums and 18 singles.
1. Me Alright
2. Father God
3. Dancehall Prophecy
8. Settle Down
9. Hope and Pray
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