Gawvi was born Gabriel Alberto Azucena, on September 23, 1988, in The Bronx, New York, to a father from El Salvador and a mother from the Dominican Republic, while he was raised in Miami, Florida.
He started his music production career in 2008, most notably working with Lecrae and Trip Lee. His career led to him acquire a recording contract with Reach Records as both an artist and in-house record producer. He won a GMA Dove Award at the 46th GMA Dove Awards in the category of Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, for his production work on Anomaly by Lecrae. Azucena currently working on his debut studio album set for a summer release under Reach Records.