(AllHipHop News) Most people probably know Tristan Wilds as shy kid-turned-stick up boy “Michael Lee” from HBO’s The Wire or as aspiring musician “Dixon Wilson” on the CW’s 90210. The Staten Island, New York native now wants the world to recognize him as a real-life singer/rapper on the rise.
Under the moniker “Mack Wilds”, the 24-year-old multi-talented performer just released his mini-documentary New York: A Love Story to help the public better under his transition from actor to musician.
The film serves as a prelude to his upcoming album of the same name. The project is being executive produced by Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse) and features appearances from Raekwon and Method Man.
“I just wanted people really to know where I’m from, who I am,” Mack tells AllHipHop on the red carpet of the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. “You see so many characters with my face. You really don’t know who Mack Wilds is, so before we go into this music and show you where I’m from, let me tell you what you’re getting yourself into first.”
While Wilds is now focusing on his music career, he will forever be immortalized as one of the most important characters from The Wire. The show is considered by many to be the one of the greatest programs in television history, but there is still an ongoing debate among fans about which season of The Wire is the best. Wilds shares his opinion on the matter, and decided not to go with the season that made him a star, but instead picked the 2004 edition where Stringer Bell met his demise.
“I don’t want to be bias and say my season, of course, so I’ll say season three,” says Wilds. “It was a very amazing season. Season four was definitely amazing, but season three was what put me onto into, so I guess it’s a different nostalgia to it [for me]. “
Watch Tristan Wilds’ New York: A Love Story mini-documentary below via MTV.