As Michael Lee on the HBO drama “The Wire,” R&B singer Mack Wilds was a no-nonsense kid with a good heart. He was humble, cerebral and strongly influenced by his surroundings of inner-city Baltimore.
So Wilds’ recent album, New York: A Love Story, isn’t too surprising. Released in September, the concept album delved into 1990s’ New York with guest appearances from rap’s golden era: Doug E. Fresh and Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Method Man.
The project was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album at Sunday night’s awards. Speaking with MTV’s Sway, Wilds appeared taken aback by the nomination. “It’s crazy; it’s the craziest feeling ever,” Wilds said.
That’s when he shouted out the other nominees while throwing a good-natured shot at collaborator Salaam Remi, whose own album, One: In the Chamber, was also nominated in the same group. “To be in the same category with the people like Rihanna, Tamar Braxton, Fantasia, even Salaam. I told him that was a fluke. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be here this fast.” Ultimately, Rihanna’s Unapologetic won the award.
Wilds says he and Salaam are halfway through the next project. “So far, it’s just been me and Salaam, but I’m about to start reaching out to other people and try to get it exactly where I want it.”