Hip-hop/R&B artist Mack Wilds has been signed by Grammy-Nominated producer SalaAM ReMi as the first artist on his newly launched imprint group, Re Mi Fa/Louder Than Life, through Sony Music. ReMi’s impressive lists of credits include working with Amy Winehouse, Nas, The Fugees Usher and Miguel. Wilds, best known to fans as actor Tristan Wilds, has earned acclaim and recognition on television and in movies alike such as HBO’s “The Wire,” CW’s “90210,” “The Secret Life of Bees” “Red Tails.” Wilds’ debut album, New York: A Love Story is scheduled for release on September 17th.
“Mack is extremely talented and his experiences of being born and raised in New York City has offered him a unique musical and lyrical perspective for this generation,” says Grammy Award-nominated producer SalaAM ReMi.“ He’s a natural from acting to singing. Come along for the ride with Mack, to experience his first love: music and his home NEW YORK,” he adds.
The album’s lead single “Own It” was written by Mack Wilds and R&B superstar Ne-Yo, who also helped produce the track alongside SalaAM ReMi. “Own It” tells the tale of a young man who has everything in the world but has his heart fixed on a girl to share it all with. In the corresponding music video, which includes an appearance by BMX Biker Nigel Sylvester, cameras follow Mack at various locations throughout New York City as he engages in graffiti art. Mack realizes that someone mysterious has been spray painting over his work – he then comes face-to-face with the mysterious girl whom shares his same love of culture and artistic expression.
The single is currently available on iTunes and is airing on radio stations across the country.
As for the direction he wanted to take the album, Mack says, “The main thing that we wanted to do with this album was to reflect what New York City is all about and who better to do it than the people who made it what it is in the first place,” he adds, of working with the line-up of accomplished producers and collaborators on the album.
Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Mack says that music has always been his first love and dreamed of a career in music from a young age, who credits his musical influences to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Nas, among many others. Growing up in New York City, Mack was immersed in music and recounts his surroundings, living in the inner-city and listening to hip-hop as his major inspiration to record this album – to reflect the feeling of all that New York City is – from the sounds, diversity, artistry, daily grind, the good, the bad and the beautiful.
Mack’s debut album New York: A Love Story is described as a hip-hop-centered, R&B-laced tale of love and loss. Production efforts include celebrated New York City beat architects DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Havoc, as well as SalaAM ReMi and verses from Method Man and Raekwon.
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