Mack Wilds Bring The "New New York" to Sold Out SOBs Show, Receives Grammy Nomination, & Donates Proceeds to St. Jude's Hospital
With Christmas right around the corner, music lovers were given an early gift in the form of an energetic performance put on by Grammy-nominated R&B newcomer Mack Wilds at NYC's SOBs Monday night (December 23). The sold out show gave patrons the opportunity to participate in a simple "text to donate" campaign, as well as offering a portion of their ticket sales to benefit St. Jude's Hospital, which offers free medical care for terminally ill children.
The anticipation for Wilds' set accelerated but the openers, which included Sonyae Elise who released her Lady Rebel Vol. 2 project earlier this fall, held their own and were outstanding complements to the overall theme of the showcase - The Big Apple. The audience was filled with fans, industry executives like Irv Gotti, and musicians including Bridget Kelly and Lil' Mama, who was spotted taking pictures with fans and dancing as well as Wilds' former "The Wire" co-star Julito McCullum. Coincidentally, they are all New York natives themselves.
Piggybacking off an all New York mix spun by the legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex himself, Mack Wilds kept with the sound and feel of his debut project, NY: A Love Story as he kicked things off with "MaGic". The nostalgic hip hop track "Wild Things" was a big hit with the crowd and the moment became even bigger when Method Man himself surprised everyone, hitting the stage to perform one of his classics, "Tical 2000". Wilds loves his hometown and made sure everyone in the room felt his love and support for the city's music scene as he invited hip hop artists Bodega Bamz and A$AP Ferg onstage to perform their singles to the delight of the audience.
The electricity in the room was attributed to the bursting love of a city that many doubt in the industry and have for years but as Wilds said, "there is a movement going on right now [...] this is the new New York!" With a Grammy nomination under his belt already and a strong fan base that transcends music, Mack Wilds could very well be a vital member of the musical boom that has emerged from NYC as of late. NY: A Love Story feels like a New York summer with tracks like "Art Of Fallin'", "Own It", and "Duck Sauce" each boasting influences from different boroughs and artists alike.
It may be Christmastime, but this showcase felt like a block party on a warm night filled with great surprises and a solid soundtrack to tell its story.