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Just Like Clockwork, Mavado Keeps On Ticking

mavadogangstaforlife_bountykiller_sexnakedgirls.jpgThere is no stopping Mavado. Despite controversial media attention, the dancehall luminary remains the topic of positive conversation whether it is his generous donations for battered women, a customized dub for Barack Obama, his score on latest Grand Theft Auto video game or critical praise from the world’s most esteemed publications.

The latest Rolling Stone Magazine rates Mavado as the “Best Reggae Artist” in their Best of Rock 2008 issue. Mavado ranks amid this year’s crop of hand-picked winners such as, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Lil Wayne, Danger Mouse and Chris Brown. Rolling Stone journalist Evan Serpick raves, “If you think reggae died with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, think again. Jamaica's latest star, Mavado, combines hip-hop-influenced beats with ominous minor-key vocals about street life and salvation.”

Also Billboard Magazine recently applauded Mavado for gaining the attention of hip hop mogul, Jay-Z for his “On The Rock” remix. "For most Jamaican dancehall artistes, securing a successful rapper on a song's remix is a hard-won seal of approval. So when Jay Z, who has never recorded on a reggae track, rhymed on a remix of singer Mavado's current hit, On The Rock, it became arguably the greatest endorsement ever given to any dancehall record," Pat Meschino stated in the Billboard article picked up Reuters, the world's largest international multimedia news agency.
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“A lot of the positive moves made by Mavado often go unnoticed amidst the clamor of the negative headlines by certain media. Recognition from prestigious publications as well as the adulation of thousands of fans around the world is a great support system for Mavado and gives him the strength and drive he needs to keep moving forward. We will all continue to stay focused and positive, states Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith.

Mavado has been involved with a multitude of notable contributions over the last month. The popular Grand Theft Auto IV video game, in stores today, will feature Mavado’s hot song “Real McKoy,” currently on the official trailer. Mavado recently donated $10,000 to the Women’s Centre Foundation in Jamaica. His proceeds will help provide counseling, skills training and education to pregnant teens and shelter for battered women. Also Mavado cleverly flipped his popular “On The Rock” to “We Need Barack” for Russell Simmons and Green Lantern’s official Barack Obama mixtape. The album will be given away as part of the candidate’s campaign and feature other artists Lenny Kravitz, Kanye West, Jay Z, Common and Mos Def.

According to the UK’s Guardian Mavado’s tune is “the most interesting of the compilation's contributors.” Dave Stelfox further clarifies, “…the song may be awesome or hilarious depending on the way you look at these things, but the one thing it's not is incongruous. Despite not being eligible to vote in the US, Mavado still has every right to comment. After all, whatever happens there affects us all, no matter what flag we live under.”

As his career flourishes, Mavado never skips a beat. Currently, the talented dee-jay/singer is in the studio working on his yet to be titled sophomore album on VP Records set to be released this summer. Neil Edwards, Mavado’s A&R, says “There will be lots of surprises. It will definitely be a groundbreaking album for dancehall.”

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Comments (25)

 

BILL GATES:
Posted by BILL GATES | May 1, 2008 1:52 PM

THAT ENDORSEMENT THAT ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE GAVE TO MOVADO IS BULL GRAP AND ALL OF US WHO KNOW ABOUT REGGAE/DANCEHALL ALL KNOW THAT ,THATS JUST ONE GUY OPINION AT ROLLING STONE,I DON'T THINK HE KNOWS THE CONTENTS OF THE SONGS MOVADO DOES,TALKING ABOUT SPRAYING G*NSH*T AND KILLING THIS AND THAT,SO WHAT HAPPEN TO ARTIST LIKE BUJU BANTON,SEAN PAUL,SHAGGY,BEENIEMAN,SIZZLA,JUST TO NAME A FEW ,I AM NOT HATING ON MOVADO I AM JUST SAYING HE IS NO WORTHY OF THIS ENDORSEMENT RIGHT NOW.



Posted by rastadee | May 1, 2008 1:56 PM

keep it up jah bless



Kiss Teet:
Posted by Kiss Teet | May 1, 2008 2:31 PM

They did not name him “Best Reggae Artist” they named him “Best NEW Reggae Artist”.



Tee Tee:
Posted by Tee Tee | May 1, 2008 3:02 PM

Big up my artiste Mavado, keep the faith because ever time dem try to stall you, you stand up very tall.



Stepps:
Posted by Stepps | May 1, 2008 3:45 PM

Congrats to Mavado. He just need to keep his head straight and get to the USA and make some money.



Realist:
Posted by Realist | May 1, 2008 3:58 PM

Bill Gates wanna be you are a Hater. Congrats to Mavado on all the accomplishments to date. keep working hard and concentrate on honing your craft.



Steppa:
Posted by Steppa | May 1, 2008 4:18 PM

Congrats to Mavado. He just need to keep his head straight and get to the USA and make some money.



ghetto yute:
Posted by ghetto yute | May 1, 2008 5:39 PM

the world gone mad to r*ss.Mavado a self proclaim gangsta for life who instigate and perpetuates guns & violence is being endorsed for what?what happen to new artist like serani,bugle and demarco who gives pple something to listen to and something that educated ghetto ppl can relate to.



sim:
Posted by sim | May 1, 2008 5:58 PM

ANYBODY KNOW WHAT HAPPEN TO YARDFLEX?



Posted by Jamaicanista | May 1, 2008 10:29 PM

Mavado is a great lyricist, but he's only bringing down the gully by continuing the cycle of violence in his lyrics.

I'm not tryin to deny him the right to express his experiences, but if he were so keen on uplifting the gully he would denounce those experiences rather than exalt them.

If he were to sing conscious tunes then maybe he'll be deserving of that Rolling Stone honour...then again, what does any foreign journalist know about reggae music anyway....kiss teet



It's Too Late:
Posted by It's Too Late | May 2, 2008 10:13 AM

mavado is not the one to be blame i think his management is to be blame because from once you are his manager you are to make sure he journeyed the right path because his manager knows more about the business, it's way too late for him doing good because the damage is already done



fx:
Posted by fx | May 2, 2008 10:45 AM

Movado's Press Agent should be Headlined in Billboard for his amazing BullSh**T ability. Movado has not one fan outside the dancehall genre. His inability to communicate verbally outside if singing, will keep him from ever crossing over into mainstream recognition and even the Jay Z tune go some play but has since tapered off. Movado peaked last year and now he is in the valley. Now the the "big hype" is no longer there we will see how long his career lasts. In a few tears I forsee him as a Heinekin Startime Act with, Pinchers, Nitty Kutchie, Jack RAdics, and all the other dancehall singers that "almost" made it.



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM

what the f-ing they just did? these people ever listen 2 his lyrics just violence. what these people know about reggae music.



Nads:
Posted by Nads | May 2, 2008 3:55 PM

Movado yu the hottest thing rite now and they cant deny that...so let the haters loose sleep ova yu and they money whey yu a mek......Alliance mi love uno bad.



clinch:
Posted by clinch | May 2, 2008 6:01 PM

big up movado god bless you bang bangggggggg



Posted by jah protects | May 4, 2008 2:07 AM

MAVADO AKA GULLY GOD AKA DAVID CONSINTINE BROOKS AKA ANYWAYS KEEP DOING YOUR THING. THESE HATERS WHO ARE TALKING NEGATIVE ARE JUST DEMONS. JAH WILL PROTECT U FROM THEM. NOT MATTER WHAT THEY TRY. LOOK AT BIGGIE N TUPAC! THEY DIDNT BECAME THE GREAT RAPPERS N ICONS THEY R 2DAY BY MAKING MUSIC OF HAPPY FEELINGS N LOVE. THEY GOT SO BIG BY TELL THE TRUTH IN THEIR LYRICS. TELLING PPL ABOUT THE GHETTO, ABOUT DA KILLINGS N GUNS OF THE REAL WORLD.

BUT THEN AGAIN THE MEDIA USTO FIGHT BIGGIE N TUPAC JUST AS HARD AS THEY R FIGHTING U. KEEP DOING UR THING AND MAKE IT 2 THE TOP. IM HAPPY 4 A GULLYSIDE JAMAICAN YOUTH WHO MAKES IT OUT DA GULLY. IM JUST ASKING U 2 DO 1 THING. PLEASE MAKE SURE UR FAITH DONT END LIKE BIGGIE N TUPAC. I LOVE U AS A ARTIST 2 MUCH.

GULLY GOD 2 DI WORLD



Posted by KEISHA | May 4, 2008 2:09 AM

MAVADO PAY NO MIND TO THOSE WHO WANT 2 C U FALL. THIS ONLY MAKE U STRONGER! A GANGSTA ME SAY!



honi:
Posted by honi | May 4, 2008 12:10 PM

congrats Mavado! ppl can gwaan talk s**t if them want but the reality is a song writer mostly write about their own personal experiences and that is what he has done! unuh fi just low the man alone!!!!!!!!! Jamaican ppl are best at criticizing other ppl and quick fi find fault! Now that he can afford to live better i am sure he will have nicer things to write and sing about! well hopefully! but music is for entertainment and it doesn't tell one how to live his/her lives so stop blaming ppl for the sh*t that other ppl do! Gwaan do u ting yah Mavado!



Posted by nightstaka supreme | May 4, 2008 10:30 PM

RICH AN HAPPY.. GANGSTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted by DIAMOND | May 5, 2008 12:17 PM

BUNG BANG CONNECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALLIANCE TO DI FLIPPIN WORLD---
MAVADO U A GWAN GOOD MI DUPES-- BIG UP YAH RAS SELF--- DEM HATAS CYAN STOP U --- U SELLOFF--- JUS KEEP GOIN DA WEY U GOIN---

VIOLENCE HAS BEEN INNA DA WORLD SINCE A MILLION YEARS AGO--- WHY DA HELL DAT VADO CAME OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO & U HATAS WANT FI BLAME DA MAN FOR VIOLENT COMMUNITIES KILLIN EACH OTHA-- ME CYAN UNDERSTAND DAT---
BIG UP VADO & DI HOLE A DI ALLIANCE STA8----



Alliance fi lyphe:
Posted by Alliance fi lyphe | May 8, 2008 4:41 AM

how tru di man get some props Mi c sum pple a talk bout him nuh deserve it? Di man a do good tings now. Unu caan blame di man tru him sing violent lyrics. At least wi kno dat he sings reality. Wat bout sum a dem fake artiste deh?? Mi naah guh call nuh name but how mi nuh hear nuh noise a mek wen di fish a sing violent lyrics?? Unuh stop fight di artiste unuh aguh shocked fi 2008 di artiste a tek it to di world. Suh di self proclaimed king soon afi retire!! Every artiste sing violent lyrics



leyton:
Posted by leyton | May 11, 2008 7:48 PM

big up to movado my brethring from long time when going to junior high in jamaica we normal havwe concert in which me and singing blacks aka movado would practice our tune eventually he leave to chase is dream an im proud of him even with this huge success he never forget where hes from when ever he's in new york we get into contact gully god big up flex the next big thing and bounty killer for been the inspiration for us in the ghetto and help us living out our dreams ground god..



# 1 fan:
Posted by # 1 fan | June 2, 2008 12:01 PM

Yall is some f***ing haters. Yall need to find something else to say about him, he sing about violence so what so does alot of other artist. If you don't like him so much, why are you reading about him. Big up to all Mavado hater!!!!!!!!



Never Mind:
Posted by Never Mind | June 16, 2008 3:29 PM

All mi affi seh,big up to the reallllllllll......Mckoy.A my artiste jus gwaan do yuh ting and nuh watch weh badmind people a seh. Mi affi rate him odda from God a di gully god,again seh "DONT WORRY"



machine01:
Posted by machine01 | July 2, 2008 3:52 PM

me want fe say one thing u see dat dude wey name bill gates him need fe go gather him thoughts before him mek a comment cause him no too right inna the head part ,one thing me haffi say u si diss crime and badman thing has been around from cain murder able zeen and if u want me digg deeper when it come to the bible ,it was written tht babies will b havin babies man ago kill man over world power and domination ,people ago murder people fe nuttin at all,all of it is comin to pass ,so how these critics trying fe say mavado and all other artist are the cause of crimes and violence,the yute a come from far ,from nuttin pon the gullyside , me know mavado before him turn big dj,when him use to have him stall near manor view drive near the gullside,is an ambitious yute now him live near me pon the hill, as everybody else say almost every artist at some piont in time do some gun tune,gangsta tune haffi sing, love song haffi sing,skettel tune haffi sing ,there havto b some buju,sizzla,morgan heritage ,luciano,all different types of music for different crowds, everybody cant sing culture,uno cant force people to listen wat uno want dem fe listen to that is bullsh*t.artist sing about wat dem go thru and wat dem see in society, and although dem sing dat dem still go bac and say to the ghetto yute b wise live up stop kill of uno own kind ,but u neva here them congratulate de artist on that,artist do a whole lot for them community and u hardly hear bout is only a few u might hear bout,mek me tell uno diss the artist dem love dem people if it wasnt fe us there wud b no artist cause a we mek dem eat food so dem naw go tell no one fe kill off dem neighbor and dem tings,mavado is goin places who dont like it affi jus step bac ,is either u work wid it or get run over straight,cause him lyrics dem a hit



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