Submitted by Joseph Patterson
MTV Wrapped Up
Marvin Sparks recently spoke with Mavado about his new direction, musically, how success has changed his life, dealing with negative press, his charity giving back to his community and working with Jay-Z, exclusively for The Wrap Up...
Dancehall artist Mavado was recently in the UK and our urban blog The Wrap Up managed to catch the Jamaican artist for a few words about his past, present and future.
The star opened up about how he is portrayed in the media and says that he doesn’t care, because they’re always trying to fabricate things to make him look bad.
Having witnessed Mavado headline alongside Gyptian at Brixton Academy, courtesy of www.phatnights.com, a few things were apparent for all to see. Biggest reactions (or forwards) appeared to be for what is known in dancehall circles as a "gal tune" segment; ‘House Cleaning’, ‘Stulla’, ‘Never Believe You’, ‘Roof Top’, ‘Gal Ah Mad Over’, ‘Come Into My Room’ and ‘When You Feel Lonely’. Ironic, because Mavado was more prolific with songs reflecting his gritty upbringing. A brief summary of his running order was a throwback to the early days with a "hardcore gangsta" segment, moving on to "gal tunes", closing the trouble-free concert with a conscious section consisting of uplifting songs: ‘Hope & Pray’, ‘Messiah’, ‘On The Rock’, ending on ‘Starlight’.
Born David Constantine Brooks, Mavado grew up in Cassava Piece, popularly known as the Gullyside. Not only did he live in a garrison community (ghetto), his father was murdered during the singjay's teenage years. Mavado's early material reflected his gritty experiences, for which he was widely criticised by Jamaican media. Despite all the negatives, he has risen above it, matured and is still regarded as one of the genre's elite artists almost 6 years on from breakthrough song, ‘Real McKoy’. Through his success, Mavado has traded the Gullyside for a house on the hill with luxurious vehicle's, including a customised Range Rover and motorbikes, but his content is still real to himself and his fans. On one of his many anthems, 'Mockingbird', he declares although he has a lot of money, he isn't interested in boasting ("Dem fi know mi money nuff but mi nuh inna di boasting"), instead choosing to inspire those who grow up in a similar garrison areas to appreciate life and strive for better - 'Nine Life' and 'Starlight' being best examples. Mavado's success has enabled to him to work with international artists, such as Akon, Wyclef Jean, Shyne, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.