Tuesday, January 14, 2014


David Constantine Brooks is better known by his stage name, Mavado. This Kingston, JA born dancehall and reggae singer released his debut single “Real McCoy” in 2004. Mavado released his album “Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks in 2007."Weh Dem A Do" and "Dying,” two singles from the album, were introduced seriously on R&B/hip-hop radio in the U.S.A. and around the world. With all his success came some controversy. On July 27, 2007 Mavado was unlawfully detained by Jamaican police. While in police custody, he claimed they threw him through a glass window, slicing three fingers, causing him be hospitalized. The police claimed Mavado escaped from custody, even though they let him walk out with his manager to go to the hospital. Mavado was later arrested and charged with shooting, with intent and illegal possession of firearm in relation to an event that occurred on July 27, 2007. He was later freed of all charges. Even though he has had disagreement with the police, this brother is talented. Mavado has teamed up with a number of well-known artists such as Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Ludacris, Birdman, Fabulous, Ace Hood, Akon, Snoop Dog; and is the only Jamaican act to have worked with Jay Z. If you have not heard of Mavado, take a listen to this brother on Streetwise Radio. Here are some of my picks: “Weh Dem A Do,” “Dying,” “Real McKoy,” “Caribbean Girls,” “Give It All To Me” ft. Nicki Minaj, “Take It” feat. Karian Sang and “Settle Down.” You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on Pandora, iTunes, MyGen365, Live365, Athena365 and Gilroy Radio.

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