Mavado’s real name is David Constantine Brooks (born November 30, 1981). He is a Jamaican musician, actor, DJ and music producer.
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. A dancehall singjay influenced by the likes of Bounty Killer and Cutty Ranks, David Constantine Brooks, aka Mavado, was born and raised in one of Kingston, Jamaica’s more dangerous ghettos, Cassava Piece. Church and a desire to deliver a socially conscious message to the people kept Mavado out of serious trouble. Encouraged by a friend, Mavado visited Junior Reid’s recording studio in Kingston, where he met his hero, Bounty Killer. The dancehall icon recognized the young singer’s talent and introduced him to the likes of vocalist Predator and many others in the industry.
In 2004 Mavado released “Real McKoy,” his breakthrough single recorded over the Daseca crew’s Anger Management riddim. Two years later, the Red Bull and Guinness riddim and the song “Weh Dem a Do” would give him his next big hit, and the successful “Dreaming” and “Bawl Dem a Bawl” singles would follow soon after, but the momentum was almost brought to halt when his father was murdered in Switzerland.
After fighting for his father’s body and its return to Jamaica, Mavado resolved a feud with fellow dancehall artist Vybz Kartel. With all this out of the way, Mavado was able to complete his debut album, Gangster for Life, for the VP label. The 2007 release featured more hits like “Top Shotta Nah Miss” and “Dying” plus “Real McKoy with a Full Clip”.
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 and was given the prestigious UK MOBO Award for 2008 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 many of the world’s top urban acts including Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Ludacris, Birdman, Fabulous, Ace Hood, Akon, Snoop Dogg and 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. In 2011, Mavado recorded with U.K. grime artist Chipmunk on the track “Every Gyal”.
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. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own label, Mansion Records, with the single “Delilah”. In 2012 he appeared alongside fellow dancehall singer Popcaan on Snoop Dogg’s single “Lighters Up”, then in 2013, Nicki Minaj joined Mavado on his single “Give It All to Me”.