Look, I’m going to cut to the chase. “Return of the Mack” is an amazing song. In fact, a work of art. If you don’t think so, please stop reading and click HERE. If you’re still with me keep reading. Here are 5 reasons why “Return of the Mack” is one of the best songs ever recorded.
Timeless: The song hasn’t aged one bit since it’s release over 20 years ago. People have also mentioned that the day it was released should be a national holiday and I agree. Friendships have ended because of this song. Yes, it’s that serious.
Harmonies: the harmonies in the song were so strong that director Jake Nava created an effect inspired by it in the video. This was the first time Jake used a motion control camera to achieve the shot. Mark was split into triplets for an epic walking scene and another scene later in the video.
Video: Speaking of the video, it was perfect. It had Concord in it (A CONCORD). It had a beautiful leading lady. Cutting edge effects. This might be one of the best videos ever filmed as well. We’ll revisit that at a later date. Watch it below.
Songwriting/Flow: From the hook, verse, and bridge… Nuff said.
Production/Samples: “Return of the Mack” samples 4 songs, “Genius of Love”
by Tom Tom Club (1981), “Games” by Chuckii Booker (1992), “Rocket in the Pocket (Live)” by Cerrone (1978), and “UFO” by ESG (1981). Mark Morrison and Phil Chill masterfully put together these sounds to make something so classic.
Mark Morrison has nine Top 10 singles in the UK and was even signed to Death Row at one point. Mark is a legend and he will go down in history for recording one of the best singles in the history of music. I just nominated “Return of the Mack” to be added to the National Recording Registry and although it’s intended for preservation as part of America’s heritage, I think this song deserves inclusion.
So if you’re inviting me to a BBQ, party or anything… make sure you have “Return of the Mack” on deck.