Tristan Wilds already boasts a successful acting career — appearing in “The Wire,” “Red Tails” and even landing a big role on “90210″ — but this summer, the 24-year-old New York native is reintroducing himself to fans as singer and rapper Mack Wilds.
In the new mini-documentary, “New York: A Love Story” (named after his upcoming debut album), Mack Wilds gives fans a closer look at his roots, taking them on a trip to his hometown Staten Island, complete with cameos from his father and brother.
With the documentary, Mack hopes to give both old and new fans a better sense of his origin, therefore providing a backdrop for the new music he’s getting ready to roll out. Early in the footage he explains that ‘Mack,’ derived from his grandmother’s name, is what his family members have always called him.
His upcoming album New York: A Love Story will be executive produced by Salaam Remi and includes features from legendary Wu-Tang rappers Raekwon and Method Man.
He explained to MTV News that the album won’t be too heavy on features, but he had to get the Wu involved. “I was in the studio with Raekwon,” he said of recording the two separate tracks. “But the day I was shooting the video [for "Own It"] was the day that Method Mad went in and did his verse, so he just called me on the phone and told me that he heard the rest of the album and he was so proud of me, like an uncle.”
Mack recently dropped a video for his single “Own It,” which was co-written by Ne-Yo and produced by Salaam. His full-length project New York: A Love Story is due out in September.