Tristan Wilds has had his feet planted on both sides of the track—as a block-hugging B-more corner kid on HBO’s “The Wire” and a high school student in the ritziest zip in Beverly Hills on CW’s “90210.” When the dimple-faced actor isn’t busy hijacking Hollywood roles alongside the industry’s most acclaimed actors, he’s making musical cameos for artists like Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, and the “Magna Carter” mogul himself, Jay-Z.
Making his musical mark as “Mack,” his childhood nickname, the New York-native is stepping out with a sexy, summer sizzler, “Own It,” and prepping for the fall release of his debut album, New York: A Love Story. The actor/singer is the first artist signed to hit-making producer, Salaam Remi’s new Sony imprint, Louder Than Life. With the help of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter NeYo, Mack is plotting to revive the nostalgic sound of classic New York music.
VIBE Vixen sat down with the vocalist to get the scoop on everything from his music, relationship with Uncle Jay-Z, tips for Amanda Bynes, and when he can exhale from his hectic schedule, what kind of women catch his attention. Flip the page to check out what Mack had to say.