Its the gangster disposition of Reggae musics Real McKoy Mavado that had ghettos from Cassava Piece, Jamaica, to Brooklyns notorious 90s streets chanting Anywaaayeeeeeeee in unison before the remainder of the globe eventually caught on. The lyrics were raw, the sound was haunted, the flow was hard, and the flex was rougher than rough. Something like the Reggae singjay version of Tupac and Biggie, but as Mavado says, “with a lot more melody.”Mavado, from Kingstons gully side, demanded to be heard back in 2004 when his debut single Real McKoy set the foundation for his musical genius to erupt reaffirming that he was the missing unfiltered ingredient the culture has been longing for some time now. Societys underdog rose above adversity, the death of his beloved father, hundreds of stitches in his left hand, and a corrupt Jamaican government that repeatedly blame his revolutionary lyrics for the rise of crime on the island. Whether hes Dreaming one day or Dying the next, musics Amazing Grace has blessed us with an angel. David Constantine Brooks its time to meet the man behind the music.AllHipHop.com Alternatives: Clarify things for critics who immediately assume because you make music for the gangsters, that you are a ruthless killer from the ghetto with no education or any compassion for the people you are impacting via your music?Mavado: Critics is always gonna be there. Its just for you as the individual not to get so paranoid about it. I try to keep my cool, mind control mon I went to Charlie Smith High School in Arnett Gardens. I am from the streets, but Im also educated from the streets. You got a lot of youths in the streets who are very educated so many subjects, so many things, and they still in the streets. Most people dont know you, but they try to say the worse things about you; they never try to build you, they always try to break you down. Look at me. People always say Im in prison, wanted, been shot up. When Im at my house, with my daughter and my son and my mom and my girlfriend and people out there talking and dont even know where I am.AHHA: You got into an altercation with Jamaican police (September 06) that resulted in the severe injury of your left hand, causing rumors to circulate, questioning your gangsta for life motto. What certifies you as a gangsta? Are you proud of that?Mavado: My personality, the life Im living me and my friends been through so many things man, a lot of stress, a lot of bad times. We came out at the end of the day and made it by just being who we are. Its not easy, trust me, its not really an easy road. The cops tryin’ to kill we, enemies na really wan fi see mi make it den mi hafi survive throughout every day and every minute and every second. Gangsta fi life AHHA: So its not necessarily something youre proud of, its just who you are?Mavado: Just who I am AHHA: You came up under the wing of Bounty Killer, and not too long ago there was talk about the two of you warring; is there any truth behind that?Mavado: Me and Bounty Killer could never have a problem! Ive never risen against Killa and Killa will never rise against me. Ive been around Killa from before 3/4 of these people around him. Ive been around Killa for like 11-12 years now, from going to school. So all of these rumors, its just a certain set of people trying to infiltrate things against me and Killa, and I always tell dem Killa a mi dads and nothing cant change that. So the relationship between me and Killa is more than even music; its a family.AHHA: How about Vybz Kartel?Mavado: I dont want to talk about that AHHA: I understand that you make songs for the gangsters, but why do you promote so much violence in your music?Mavado: I dont promote violence. I talk it the way it is I never promote violence. If I go there and say, Weh dem a do weh dem a try marrow will fly-ay-ay into the sky [lyrics from Weh Dem A Do]. Its something thats happening out there in the world, dont it? So Im just talking about whats really happening.AHHA: So then how about Top shotta nah miss, dem she we a rise crime (from Top Shotta Nah Miss). Isnt that glorifying shooting, Mavado thats violence?Mavado: Babes, babes if Im saying, Top shotta does not miss dont you got top cops in the game? They are not promoting violence for killing, but they are top cops and they are doing their work. To be a top cop, you gotta do a lot of things; you have to shoot a lot of people, dont it?AHHA: Are you afraid of death?Mavado: Am I afraid of death? I cant be afraid of something I cant see. Are you?AHHA: No, I feel like your time comes when it comes, and there is nothing I can do to prevent that. I just have to live a righteous life while Im here, so no, Im not afraid of death. Lets talk about your album. The skits you use as interludes are very entertaining and add even more reality to your album, similar to Biggies classic Ready to Die. Was that your inspiration?Mavado: The livity is real just like the music! Even when Im gone, the G is gonna remain I have to thank the creator for that. But Pac is like my idol, I been listening to Tupac since 1991 [2Pacalypse Now].AHHA: Would you put yourself in the same category as Big and Pac, but of course the reggae version?Mavado: with a lot more melody. People put Mavado in that category, but not necessarily me. I didnt get up and say I want to be like Big or Pac, Im just who I am.AHHA: On your Tupac inspired tune Dying you repeatedly ask to be prayed for. Do you want salvation from this lifestyle?Mavado: I always wanna be prayed for. In the mist of this life that Im living, I need to be prayed for. Throughout everything, the worse things, people blame Mavado. AHHA: Why is that? Why do you think you are being targeted?Mavado: I dont know. To me, most of it is because of bad minded people. They all know Im from the ghetto, from the gully. They know Im rising, they know Im inNew York. Im in Gaylhattan. You call it Manhattan, I call it Gaylhattan. Im here doing this interview. My album is in stores, and still everybody know me as just the lickle David from off the gully. So eventually, haters and envy, bad mind is gonna be in it.AHHA: Does your appearance frighten people?Mavado: Yes, but I dont know why AHHA: Do you think your image is going to be both the success and demise of your career beause youre too real and not willing to tone it down?Mavado: I dont know might be yes and might be no AHHA: Do you care?Mavado: No, cause its not like Im the one who set it like that. They are the ones. People always rise against me. If someone is going to rise against me, then Im going to rise against them. What kind of adjustments to my lyrics, to my image, to my message do they expect me to make? I cant make any adjustments, because what Im living is real. Its not like all these things thats reaching me, Im the one who cause it. Nobody wanna be locked up in jail. I dont wish that on anybody.AHHA: So does your religious background and spirituality help keep you grounded when things get destructive?Mavado: Yes, it also helps most of my youthful days growing up were in the church with my grandma. She was the first person who gave me a voice projector and a mic and said sing. And I was like four so my grandma knew I was born to be a singer. AHHA: You big up the 90s in Brooklyn a lot on your album. Why? What connection do you have to that area?Mavado: Because thats where I know, thats where my friends are; I have a connection to those streets. When I just came to foreign, those are the first set of people to really show Mavado love. When my music just a start on the street level, thats where my following was. They are the first set of persons that play Mavado. The 90s specifically, then the whole of Brooklyn. Its the Garrison the gully part of America. Dont got a gully run through it like my place, but they all gangster boys and gangster girls, and I do songs to represent the gangsters. Whatever time dem see Mavado, dem seeing themselves.AHHA: Finally, what advice would you give to youth trying to make it out of the ghetto, so they wont travel down the same road and make the same mistakes you made? We always need to help the next generation coming up. Mavado: Well sometimes no youth try to travel down the road of violence, hard living and suffering. ‘Cause if a youth try to make himself go down that road, then he wouldnt have been an ambitious person. So for all the youth them out there, going through all that which they didnt choose to, keep ya head up! Hard work will keep you successful, and never make any one stop you from doing what youre doing. Dont make anyone discourage you, and dont make you feel as if you shouldnt do your work the way you wanna do it. Gangsta For Life!