Mr. Brooks... A Better Tomorrow (Exclusive)
Released: Mar 2009
Label: VP Music Group, Inc.
Mavado is a study in contradictions: a dancehall emcee seeking to cross over into the American mainstream, who hasn't traded gritty street stories for "Shake Dat Thing" rump-isms like so many of his peers. This dis-track-penning bad boy often brings a biblical weight to his songs (he attended church every Sunday with his granny growing up). It makes his sophomore release a puzzle. Even when he starts talking about girls near the end of the album, his gruff intensity doesn't let up -- he sounds like he's fighting for his life.