You might know Mack Wilds as the soft spoken teenage enforcer Michael Lee from The Wire, or maybe as teenage heartthrob Dixon Wilson in the modern 90210. Although he played two very different roles and for almost opposite audiences, Wilds stood out as a fan favourite. Along with the adoring messages from teenager girls for his 90210 character, he used to receive notes from grown men saying they wanted to kill whoever tried to hurt his character in The Wire.
It makes sense that this trend continued when Wilds jumped into music. He had been recording while acting, and some of his tracks were actually featured in 90210, but it was working with legendary producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Fugees, Amy Winehouse, Miguel) that really brought his talent out. Our track today comes from Wild's first album, New York: A Love Story. It could have been easy to dismiss Wilds as another good actor trying to be an ok singer, but the album was a hit with critics and nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2014 Grammys.
Like Michael Lee on The Wire, the album is smooth, confident, but almost understated. It's accessible and danceable, yet filled with old school samples for music nerds. Our track of choice, "Art of Fallin'" is almost half song, half poem, with Wilds dropping one verse, then leaving the beat for a number of anonymous voices telling us what love means to them. It's simple. It's beautiful. It's a quiet confidence. It's what love is.
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About the curator - Cormac McGee
Cormac McGee is a DJ, artist manager and concert promoter based in Toronto, Canada. He’s played in front of crowds from 10 – 1,000 people and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also runs the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.