Tristan “Mack” Wilds was barely in kindergarten when his hometown heroes The Wu-Tang Clan slaughtered hip-hop’s status quo with their phalanx of verbal assassins. But that didn’t stop the future actor, rapper and singer from being imbued with their aura. After making a name on television shows like “The Wire” and “90210,” in 2013 Mack dropped his debut album New York: A Love Story, a sonic homage to the city and decade that molded him, the 1990s. By blending his urban courtship rituals with dark and menacing scores inspired by Mobb Deep and The Clan, the album was smooth yet potent like distilled molasses. So for the follow-up, Louder Than Love, he hasn’t strayed from that winning formula much, dropping the single “Love In The 1990z” to lead things off.
On the ballad Mack serenades a young lady about wanting to love her “Nia Long time” over a Ron G friendly blend of the classic Hihache drums and ethereal moans. It’s a perfect pairing to his latest acting gig, playing an aspiring DJ and producer named DeeVee in VH1’s sonogram of the hip-hop music business, “The Breaks.” Not to mention, Method Man co-stars as his disapproving father in the film. But what does a kid who was still using a bus pass in the late ’90s know about love in the FIRST Bush/Clinton era? Watch our interview to find out.