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Very seldom do we see artists and say, “This guy is about to blow” but this time there is an exception! Mack Wilds has been making the rounds during a recent media blitz for his new album that drops next Tuesday the 17th of September and we got a front row seat to the festivities. His song “Own It” has been banging in speakers and in the clubs for a few weeks now and he is proving that he is ready to be the next big thing!
To be blunt about it, this kid can really sing! It’s sad that in today’s music world we’re not used to hearing real live vocals anymore however Mack has mastered the art-form. He’s polished and has the entire showmanship aspect to performing down pat. We’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss the fact that he had women of all ages on the verge of fainting! From what we observed, this kid is the entire package and he sat down with AllHipHop.com to discuss everything that is going on. So please check out our interview with Mack Wilds!
AllHipHop.com: So Mack, TV, Movies and now Music, which one has challenged you the most in terms of conquering the art form? Which would you say has shown you the most about yourself?
Hmm… It would probably be music. Mainly because of the stigma actors who go into music tend to have. Also, because I write a lot of the music, there’s a level of soul searching needed to do something real.
AllHipHop.com: What has been your favorite part of putting together this new project? What’s the title of it and who worked on it with you?
Well, the album is called New York: A Love Story. It was put together by myself, Salaam Remi, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, James Poyser, Havoc from Mobb Deep, Bink!, James Fauntleroy, Ne-Yo, Rico Love, and features from Method Man, Raekwon, and Doug E. Fresh. So as you see, my favorite part was actually creating the songs. (Laughs)
AllHipHop.com: Sir! That is mos def a who’s who of a music list that you have going on there! It may have been easier to ask who you didn’t work with! Okay dope, so then let us ask this, what do you hope the listeners get from checking out your music?
I hope they understand that there’s a new kid in town. And he’s not playing around.
AllHipHop.com: Wow you’re putting folks on notice! We can dig it. Can you give us 5 words that best describe you as an artist?
Fresh, Real, Dope, Intriguing, Intricate.
AllHipHop.com: Intricate is a great word! Nice…tell us, what is one thing that you wish the fans knew about you that you know they are in the dark about? Follow up, are there any misconceptions out there about you that drive you crazy?
Knew about me? Nah. Let the music speak. You’ll learn more about me from there. The only misconception I had was about where I’m from. And of course, I’m from New York.
Speaking of you being from New York, let’s take a look at “Own It”. We understand the Album is dropping on 9-17 as a tribute to the 917 and you’ve got the city as a co-star in the video!
AllHipHop.com: Where have you found your greatest source of inspiration? Can that inspiration be found in your music?
I draw inspiration from everything, be it my family and friends, my relationships and environments I’m around, or different forms and pieces of art I come across. It all comes together and is shown through the music, the characters I play, or any other way I creatively express myself.
AllHipHop.com: You have your fingers in almost every pot of the entertainment industry and therefore are always entertaining people in one way or another. Tell us, what do you for entertainment?
I write, I take pictures, I play video games, watch cartoons. I’m really a big kid at heart! Mainly just have fun.
AllHipHop.com: What excites you the most about the idea of singing live in front of crowds? What scares you the most about the idea of singing live in front of crowds?
The same thing that excites me, scares me as well. It’s the reaction. There’s an energy they give you on that stage whether you do good or bad. I always just pray for the good.
AllHipHop.com: Oh yes we completely understand that one! Lastly, what’s next up for Mack Wilds and how can the fans keep up with you and what you’re working on?
More music. More films. Just more art as a whole. And the best way to stay updated would be my Instagram @MackWilds or [twitter-follow screen_name=’MACKWILDS’] .
We want to thank Mack Wilds again for taking a few minutes out to chop it up with us! Don’t forget to check out his project “New York: A Love Story” dropping on Tuesday September 17th!