Mavado, Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks (2007)
Label: VP Records
Best known to American listeners for his massive hit single "So Special," Mavado's mournful voice and unapologetic gangster tales made him the most important dancehall singer of his generation. His debut album collects all the hits that solidified his reputation-"Weh Dem A Do," "Full Clip" (featuring Busy Signal), "Real McKoy," and "Last Night"-not to mention his home-turf anthem "Gullyside."
On the song "Dying" (featuring Serani) Mavado channels his favorite rapper in one of the most successful Tupac interpolations ever attempted. Now signed to DJ Khaled, Mavado's career has entered a new phase, but Gangsta For Life stands as an enduring record of one man's rise from the gully to the world.