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.[1] He also cites the music of Bounty Killer as an early influence.[1]

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.[2] He decided to name himself "Mavado" after the Swiss watch company Movado, altering the spelling.[3]

His debut single, "Real McKoy" on the Anger Management riddim in 2004, provided him instant success.[1] He further established himself with the follow-up record "Weh Dem a Do", on the Red Bull & Guinness riddim. After a string of hits in 2005 and 2006, Mavado released the album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks July 10, 2007 on VP Records.[4] "Whe Dem A Do" and "Dying", two singles from the album, were featured heavily on R&B/hip-hop radio in New York.[2]

That same year brought Mavado off-stage controversy, as he was arrested and booked by Jamaican police on what was later revealed to be gun charges.[2][3] While in police custody, the singer claims he was thrown into a glass window, losing three fingers in the process, which were reattached at a local hospital. Police claimed Mavado escaped from custody while at the hospital.[2] The incident caused him to be refused entry into the United States a short time later.[3] He was again arrested and charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm in relation to an event occurring July 27, 2007.[5] He was later freed of all charges.

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".

In November 2009, Mavado lost out to Sean Paul for the Best Reggae Artist award at Soul Train Music Awards. He won the 2010 EME award for Male Singjay of the Year.

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

Mavado formed his own label, Mansion Records, in 2011, debuting with the single "Delilah".[6] Along with Bounty Killer, he has cited 2Pac as a childhood idol, comparing the late rapper's life to his own.[2]

In 2011, Mavado recorded with U.K. Grime artist Chipmunk on the track "Every Gyal".[7]

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.


Mix the strict stern lifestyle of a military up bringing, with the ruff and volatile livity of a Jamaican garrison, the educational background of a decorated scholar and an overdose of musical influence, and the end product will probably be KONSHENS.
Well on route to becoming a musical powerhouse and earn his spot in the hearts of music lovers worldwide and in the pages of music history. His entrance onto the reggae/dancehall scene is quickly becoming a distant memory as he is already being dubbed "THE NEW FACE OF REGGAE/DANCEHALL MUSIC" by many, various awards and nominations such as...the EME{excellence in music}awards "BEST NEW ARTISTE 08", the STONE LOVE "BEST NEW ARTISTE 08" award, several nominations in the IRAWMA,HYPE TV and RE.TV awards including SONG OF THE YEAR for his debut single "WINNER", the only new artiste to have a nomination for this award.
KONSHENS' musical career started in early 2005 while in the duo SOJAH with his older brother DELUS. While living in SHERLOCK CRESCENT and still doing '9-5s, the brothers searched for the means to manifest their musical calling, they were then directed to CASH FLOW STUDIOS in the neighboring cooreville gardens community. Here they recorded a string of demos and stumbled upon what would be the track to jumpstart their career.
The single "PON DI CORNER" became an instant hit upon its arrival into the Japanese market; it was #1 on the charts for most of 2005 and also very huge in the "street scene" to this day. This prompted a 1 month tour of Japan in 05, another 3week tour in 06 and the release of an album exclusively to Japan the same year. Since then SOJAH has released an album in Europe and toured extensively there making stops in AUSTRIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, FINLAND, CZECH REP., etc.
This international success was never enough as the brothers wanted that "home support" so the decision was made to become three entities...SOJAH, KONSHENS, and DELUS as separate acts, in an attempt to "spread out the attack" according to KONSHENS..."we caa just try force we self onto di people dem, we affi space it out an tek time move in" he said in an interview.
The first signs that this plan was going to work came after the release of KONSHENS' debut single "WINNER", the track caught the reggae/dancehall scene totally off guard, in the midst of a worldwide financial crisis the tracks message of hardwork drive and a hustling mentality along with gritty hard hitting and controversial lyrics came with impeccable timing and was an instant hit.
Now after recording several hits including "RASTA IMPOSTER", "THIS MEANS MONEY" and "GOOD GIRL GONE BAD" with TARRUS RILEY...performing on almost every major Reggae show, such as... SUMFEST, IRIE JAM in New York, REGGAE ON THE HILL in Barbados, and REBEL SALUTE, etc... KONSHENS insists that he'll be taking it one step at a time until his name and work is cemented in history.



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