The Wrap Up’s Marvin Sparks ventures down to the Big Ship studios in Kingston, Jamaica to speak with Stephen McGregor about kick-starting Mavado's international career whilst still in high school, working with Estelle, Ne-Yo and much more...
Dubbed "Di Genius" for his understanding and ability to produce music from a young age, McGregor has been creating music for over a decade despite only being 21 years old. Although he is better known for producing hits, he started out in the booth recording songs like ‘School Done Rule’ at the tender age of 9. As the son of the legendary Freddie McGregor, falling into music was no surprise – much of his youth was spent learning instruments around the studio.
Stephen began beat-making when he was 12 – for producers such as Outlaw – however, his defining moment came aged 16 in 2006, when he broke traditional dancehall formats with the distinctive grimey ‘Red Bull & Guinness’ riddim. The riddim boasted 'Weh Dem A Do', which was recorded by a relatively new artist at the time, Mavado. Stephen McGregor has become one of the scene’s most influential producers for over half-a-decade, winning countless awards along the way.