Tristan “Mack” Wilds had one of my favorite albums of 2013 with his debut LP, New York: A Love Story. Despite his youthfulness (he is only 26), the Grammy-nominated album was steeped in vintage 90s’ hip hop soul in a similar fashion to songs from Mary J Blige’s My Life era and Faith Evans’ early Bad Boy years. Although he returned to his original hustle of acting (he starred in Adele’s “Hello” video, and was a lead on VH1’s movie The Breaks), he also plans to drop his sophomore effort on Epic Records later this year.
That album has been set off by its first single, “Love In The 90z.” An extension of the sound of New York, Mack has unveiled the visual treatment for the song. Inspired by the early directing days of Spike Lee, the video was actually shot in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and plays on Spike’s 1989 opus Do The Right Thing. With bamboo earrings, boom-bap stylings and an appearance from Saturday Night Sexy alum Crystal Rodriguez, viewers can take a trip back in time below.