At the initial stages of David’s career, he cited the music of Bounty Killer as an early influence, whom was soon to be his musical mentor. At the tender age of 15, Bounty took ‘Singing Blacks’ – which was his moniker while singing at community events, under his wing to help pave a route for David to enter and impact the Dancehall industry. Through this musical lineage was how Mavado was then introduced to his first manager, dancehall music business mogul Julian Jones-Griffith, whom directed Mavado’s soon to be legendary musical journey.
In the year 2004, Mavado released his first official single, “Real McKoy”, which is to this day arguably his breakthrough single which was then followed up by a record entitled, “Weh Dem a Do”, on the Red Bull & Guinness riddim. After delivering a plethora of hits in 2005 and 2006, Mavado and his team decided to release his debut album entitled ‘ Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks’ on the 10th of July 2007 with VP Records.