Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Mavado has finally made his long-awaited return to Jamaica, but despite being back home, he’s making sure to watch his back at every turn.
According to reports, Mavado may be the subject of a ‘hit’ given his return to the island and has been beefing up his security detail and entourage to ensure his safety at all costs. This after the prominent singjay was reportedly the intended target during a shooting outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in Kingston, which left his close friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards shot and eventually killed. Soon thereafter, Mavado revealed in an interview that the bullet which ended up killing ‘Collie’ was indeed meant for him while hinting that undercover police officers may have been in on the plot.
Last summer, following the re-acquiring of his United States visa and his subsequent deal with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group, Mavado reportedly relocated to the U.S. where he’s since toured and strengthened his international appeal with several collaborations featuring Akon (Survivor), Ace Hood (Emergency) and the aforementioned DJ Khaled (Suicidal Thoughts).
Now, with Mavado back on home turf, sources close to the singjay claim that a hit remains in effect for him and that safety hails as the priority for the ‘Gully Gaad.’
“Dem a say Vado switch, stop do Dancehall music and all kinda things but a tru dem nuh see wah gwan from the top … A safety above anything else right now fi di deejay,” one source told the Jamaica STAR.
Mavado’s long-time manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths also confirms this belief but insists that his client continues to put his faith in a higher power as he tours the island.
“On the record he doesn’t really want to say much on the subject, apart from he’s heard of it, and he’s still alive and never scared and trusts in Jah,” he said.
Despite the speculation, Mavado has been focusing on re-ingratiating himself with the Jamaican public; performing at Arthur Guinness Concert at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Thursday night while also garnering heavy rotation on local radio stations with new singles such as Real N****s Do Real Things, Invincible and Take It (feat. Karian Sang).
Additionally, Mavado continues to battle his share of legal issues as he was given a February 12, 2013 court date on Thursday in relation to the aforementioned incident at QUAD last June. Mavado stands accused of assaulting an undercover police officer in that matter.