Besides playing Michael Lee on the HBO series The Wire and Dixon Wilson on the CW series 90210, actor Tristan Paul Mack Wilds became simply Mack Wilds in 2010 when he began moonlighting as an R&B artist.
The Staten Island native signed a recording deal with the Ten2One label in 2010. In 2011, his track "2 Girlz" landed on an episode of 90210, and his debut EP, Remember Remember, appeared before the end of the year. After he signed to Salaam Remi's Sony-distributed Louder Than Life label, Wilds released his first album, New York: A Love Story, in 2013. Featuring guest appearances from Raekwon, Method Man, and Doug E. Fresh, it debuted on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart at number 28 and was later nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album. A handful of Sony-distributed singles, including an update of Michael Jackson's 1992 hit "Remember the Time" and the nostalgic "Love in the 90z," were released in 2015. Wilds eventually went independent and released his second album, AfterHours, in 2017. At the time, he was co-starring as aspiring rap producer DeeVee in The Breaks, a VH1 series set, appropriately enough for Wilds, in early-'90s New York City. ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman, Rovi