At the tender age of 24, actor turned artist Tristan Wilds has succeeded in solidifying himself as a prominent player in the entertainment business, and considering how he’s transcended all expectations as a music newcomer, there’s certainly no question that he’s in for the long haul. Born in Staten Island, Wilds has evolved from his humble beginnings and as a youngster in the game. Known for his memorable acting stints on the renowned HBO hit, “The Wire,” and the most recent “90210,” Wilds, whose musical alias is Mack Wilds, is ready to show and prove his eccentric skills on the musical forefront. Fresh off the heels of his previously released cut “Own It,” which was co-produced by Salaam Remi and Ne-Yo, Wilds is prepping to finally emancipate his first official [full-length] project entitled New York: A Love Story on September 17th, and fairly a couple of weeks from its due date, he took to his hometown to play his LP for a few bloggers and tastemakers in Soho this past Monday (August 26th).
Running through a total of 10 cuts (the album itself includes 13), which was primarily produced by Salaam Remi (who was in attendance), the set sees Wilds dibbling and dabbling into throwback Hip-Hop waters—ninety’s to vintage R&B sounds—all was covered on the sampled heavy debut. With noticeable guests that included Lenny S, DJ Clark Kent, Salaam Remi, Panama, and model Brittany Sky (of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” video), Wilds, who decorated the art infused room to resemble his cozy crib, hit every corner of the venue; all the while greeting folks and finding time to serenade ladies, too. Hitting up the DJ’s table, Wilds formally introduced his project by kicking off with the LP’s opener “Land of the Wild,” a bouncy number which is very reminiscent of that classic Wu sound (ironically Method Man is featured) and sort of brings the listener back to that “Bring the Pain” days. Wilds emphasizes about how the welcoming feeling from those in attendance made him feel at home, and unsurprisingly, he segued into the next song “My Crib,” a smooth joint that has Wilds showcasing his chops as he crooned all over the Bink! produced track.
Midway through project, Wilds stays right on course with throwback feeling jams, such as the Mobb Deep sampled “Henny” (which Havoc co-produced) and of course, “Own It”. He cranks it all the way up by actually getting “turnt up” on the Rico Love produced “Magic,” and the DJ Premier produced “Keepin’ It Real,” which we can say was gutter stuff at its finest. Raekwon tacks a verse to “U Can Cry To Me,” before Wilds takes a stroll down memory lane by rehashing Michael Jackson’s hit “Remember The Time” for a single of the same name. To cap it off, he gets down and dirty while talking his fly shit on “Sober Up” and “Don’t Turn Me Down”. As stated, the project will see a release on September 17th (via ReMifa/Louder Than Life Records) with contributions from Salaam Remi, Havoc, Rico Love, Bink!, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Havoc, Method Man and Raekwon. Do remember to purchase it and hit the jump for a full recap, equipped with footage above and HQ photos snapped by Sam Eltosam. Pre-orders are currently available now.