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Sweet Transition: Tristan Mack Wilds explodes onto the music scene

Nothings too much
Words that I live by
That’s just how I do… do… I do
I’m young right now
But I won’t be forever
That’s why Ima live it up like that’s true
You might wanna roll wit me too

Said I don’t mean to brag
But I live a life that most can only dream about (yeah)
So baby come be my dream girl
Pick a fantasy and let me work it out (yeah)

Oh yeah

Tell me where you wanna go
Whatchu wanna do
Said we livin it like we own… it own… it own it
Said I’m on top of the world, all I need is you
Said we livin it like we own it… own it… own it… (yeah)

Own It singleWith catchy lyrics like these, Tristan Paul Mack Wilds seems poised to take the music world by storm, but as many of us know, he’s no stranger to the entertainment industry.

The Staten Island native was bitten by the acting bug at an early age, but first gained national acclaim in 2006 for his recurring role in the Baltimore based HBO drama, The Wire. Wilds portrayed the role of Michael Lee, a troubled middle school student who lived in poverty, while caring for his younger brother.

In 2008, Wilds starred alongside Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning as Zach Taylor, Fanning’s friend and love interest in The Secret Life of Bees. The film grossed over $39 million worldwide.

In July of the same year, Wilds was cast in The CW’s 90210, a spin-off to the popular 90s teen drama Beverly Hills 90210. In the show, Wilds portrayed the charismatic Dixon Wilson, a lacrosse player and aspiring DJ who was adopted and moved with his family to Beverly Hills. 90210 premiered in September that same year to 4.65 million viewers. The series ended on May 13, 2013.

Mack Wilds album cover - New York: A Love StoryIn 2012 Wilds starred alongside Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the George Lucas film Red Tails which followed the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

With an extensive acting resume that also features guest spots on Cold Case and Law and Order. The poised actor has done things that many youngsters can only wish for. One can only wonder what’s next on his agenda.

Fast forward to September 2013, the 24-year-old’s debut album, New York: A Love Story is released on Sony Music Entertainment. Renamed under his two family names – Mack Wilds, many believed that his music career came of nowhere, when, in actuality, it began in 2010. After signing with an independent record label, he worked with well-known producers Dre and Vidal & Rico Love. One of his songs entitled “2 Girls” was even featured in the fourth season of 90210.

After appearing in numerous music videos, including ones for heavyweights like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Lil Wayne, Mr. Wilds seems right at home creating his very own. His video “Own It” is in heavy rotation on MTV Jams and BET’s 106th and Park.

New York: A Love Story is in stores now. Keep the hits coming Mr. Wilds!


Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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