Mavado has once again proved to be the go-to man for big name US urban acts, with his starring role on DJ Khaled's monstrous megamix of hit single "Welcome to My Hood," featuring Gully Gad alongside no less than 11 of the biggest names in Rap.
The original version of Welcome to My Hood features Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies and T-Pain but DJ Khaled gathered an all-star cast for the remix that reads like a Who's Who of rap over the last decade. Mavado lines up with Ludacris, T Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game and Waka Flocka on the remix, with Mavado arriving 5th on the track.
"Everybody's saying they love Mavado's verse," says Def Jam South President DJ Khaled. "The remix has been getting crazy reaction and rotation since it dropped and the Gully Gad is a big part of that. I'm a big fan of Mavado's and his flava on the record just adds that different edge."
Plans are already underway for a video to be shot for the remix, which is a staggering 7 minutes long, but since Mavado is presently unable to travel to the US his part will be specially shot in Jamaica by a local director and slotted in.
"Its a great feeling for the Star Boy to be on a record with such a list of stars, na mean," said Mavado. "It helps position my career right in the mainstream as the record is getting crazy airplay on radio in America already. When my manager told me Khaled called him, I just did it same time without even knowing who else was gona be on the remix. Khaled always does his thing larger than life but the result is bigger than I was even expecting, it hot like pepper."
Welcome To My Hood is the first single from Khaled's 5th album, titled We the Best Forever, that features more posse cuts and huge records with step-outs from the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole, Cee Lo Green, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Birdman, Lil Wayne and T.I.
"Mavado is gona be on a very special record on the album too," added the effervescent Khaled. "We also gonna put him on Ace Hood new album, Ace got that Hustle Hard record locking down the planet right now so we getting ready to drop that. We the Best got lots of plans for the Gully Gad so listennnn."
Mavado is appearing up close and personal this Friday night (25th) at Studio 38, 38A Trafalgar Rd, before he moves on to Margaritaville in Ocho Rios alongside Wayne Marshall and Elephant Man.