Influenced by Bounty Killer and Cutty Ranks, reggae singer Mavado released his breakthrough single ("Real McKoy") in 2004. "Weh Dem a Do" would give him his next big hit two years later, and the successful "Dreaming" and "Bawl Dem a Bawl" singles would follow soon after, but the momentum was almost brought to a halt when his father was murdered. Mavado was able to complete his debut album, Gangster for Life, for the VP label. The 2007 release featured more hits like "Top Shotta Nah Miss" and "Dying." Issued in 2008, "I'm on the Rock" would feature Jay-Z on its remix before being re-recorded as "We Need Barack" in support of the presidential hopeful. ~ David Jeffries
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