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Mark Morrison
Born (1972-05-03) 3 May 1972 (age 52)
Hanover, West Germany[1]
OriginLeicester, Leicestershire, England
Years active1993–present

Mark Morrison (born 3 May 1972)[2][3][4][5] is a German-born British singer, best known for his 1996 platinum hit song "Return of the Mack", which was immediately met with success upon its release in several European countries. In the following year, the song peaked at No. 2 in the United States.


Morrison's first official recording was the 1993 vinyl release "Where Is Our Love", pressed on his own private Joe'Mel label.

In mid-1995, Morrison released his debut single, "Crazy", which became a Top 20 hit in the UK and was a club favourite.[1] The follow-up single, "Let's Get Down", also entered the Top 40. They were followed in the spring of 1996 by "Return of the Mack", which became a smash international hit, spending two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart.

His debut album, also titled Return of the Mack, followed and became a multi-platinum success. It reached number four in the UK chart and sold 3 million albums worldwide. It spun off several more hit singles over the next year: "Crazy", "Trippin'", "Horny" and "Moan & Groan" would all reach the UK Top 10, making him the first artist in British pop history to have five Top 10 hits from a debut album.

Although his career was going well, Morrison was constantly in trouble with the police. In 1997, he was imprisoned. The same year he received numerous nominations: four Brit Award nominations, a Mercury Prize nomination, an MTV Europe Music Award nomination, and five MOBO Award nominations. "Return of the Mack" began to climb its way to No. 2 on the American Billboard charts, receiving platinum status. It stayed on the Billboard charts for a lengthy 40 weeks. Morrison had one further minor US hit, 1997's "Moan & Groan," which went to number 76.

Morrison performed at the 1997 Brit Awards. The performance influenced WEA and Morrison to release Only God Can Judge Me, a nine-track EP which contains live performances, interviews, prayers and three full-length songs, including "Who's the Mack!", which reached No. 13 in the UK.

Morrison appeared on the 1999 Brit Awards where he presented an award, introduced Whitney Houston and announced his return to music. In September 1999, a single titled "Best Friend" (featuring Conner Reeves and Gabrielle) became Morrison's ninth Top 40 hit single, reaching No. 23 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] The following year, it was announced by Billboard that Morrison had signed a five-year worldwide deal with Death Row Records founder Suge Knight, making him the first, and only, European (British) artist to be signed with Death Row Records, in a deal which saw Death Row Records UK operating as an independent record label in conjunction with the Ritz Music Group[7] (a company known for its success with Irish country music artists such as Daniel O'Donnell).[8]

He later signed to soccer player Kevin Campbell's 2 Wikid label in 2003. His only release for the label, a single entitled "Just a Man"/"Backstabbers", was a minor UK hit, reaching No. 48 in the UK Singles Chart in August 2004.[9]

In May 2006, Morrison released the limited-edition CD/DVD album entitled Innocent Man in the United Kingdom on his private label, Mack Life Records. The title track, "Innocent Man" (featuring DMX) was released in March 2006. It was well received and reached No. 46 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2007, he was featured on hip-hop artist Cassidy's single titled "Innocent Man (Misunderstood)" from the album B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story. The track sampled Morrison's vocals from "Innocent Man" and charted on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

On 29 January 2007, he released the single titled "Dance 4 Me" (featuring Tanya Stephens). It was the fourth single to be released from his album Innocent Man. The official music video was directed by Ray Kay.[10]

In 2012, Morrison appeared as a guest feature on Houston rapper Trae tha Truth's "I'm On 2.0" which featured notable rappers Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B, Tyga, Gudda Gudda and Bun B. A music video for "I'm On 2.0" starring Morrison and all artists featured was released on 3 June.[11] Also in June 2012, he announced the release of a new single titled "Ain't No Good". The single was set to be released 29 July 2013 and paid homage to the charity Refuge. The single was unsuccessful, and shelved before release. It would ultimately remain unreleased.[12]

In June 2013, Morrison released the music video to "I Am What I Am" shot by DIS Guise of Visionnaire Pictures, with the release date set for the single on iTunes of 1 September 2013.[13][14]

On 20 October 2013, he released a single titled "N.A.N.G. 2.0" featuring Crooked I and Shonie.[15]

On 7 July 2014, Morrison released an EP titled I Am What I Am. The EP included the singles "I Am What I Am" and "N.A.N.G. 2.0", with five additional new songs.

In September 2016, American DJ Nevada remixed "Return of the Mack" for its 20th anniversary, retitling it "The Mack".[16][17][18][19] Nevada's version features the re-recorded vocals of Morrison, and additional vocals from American rapper Fetty Wap.[20]

In May 2017, a series of Burger King commercials for Mac and Cheetos featured a remix of Morrison's classic, entitled "Return of the Mac and Cheetos".

In July 2020, McDonald's featured "Return of the Mack" in a UK television commercial, as part of a post-COVID-19 lockdown promotional campaign to mark the resumption of services and the gradual reopening of restaurants.

In 2021, Morrison was featured alongside Chris Brown on G-Eazy's single "Provide", as the song samples "Return of the Mack".[21][22][23]

In October 2022, Morrison, Post Malone and Sickick released a mashup of "Cooped Up" and "Return of the Mack". The song went viral on social media, then was made available for retail purchase.[24]

Legal issues[edit]

Morrison has faced various criminal charges during his career, including a 1997 conviction for attempting to bring a firearm aboard an airliner, for which he served three months in jail just as his hit song "Return of the Mack" began rising up the US Billboard charts.[1][25] In 1998, he failed to appear in court on charges of possessing an offensive weapon, choosing to instead fly to Barbados. He was arrested and remanded into custody upon his return to the United Kingdom.[26][27] He was later cleared of the offensive weapon charge.[28]

He was convicted of affray for his part in a brawl resulting in one fatality and sentenced to community service.[25] Morrison later was incarcerated in Wormwood Scrubs for a year for paying a lookalike (Gabriel Maferika) to perform his court-appointed community service in his stead, while Morrison himself went on tour.[25][29] While in prison, Morrison reportedly converted to Islam and attempted to change his name to Abdul Rahman.[30] Also in 1998, Morrison was banned from driving for six months and fined £1,380 after twice being caught driving without a licence.[31]

In 2002, Morrison was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and car theft.[32] He was released on bail, but a policeman was later arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe from Morrison in return for his release.[32] Morrison failed to appear in court to face the charges and a warrant was issued for his arrest.[32]

In 2004, he was arrested and spent a night in custody, after a fracas in which a platinum and diamond medallion was snatched from around his neck during a confrontation at a Leicester nightclub.[33]

In 2009, Morrison was arrested for an assault in London.[34]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2020, Morrison publicly stated that he would consider challenging Peter Soulsby to become the next Mayor of Leicester.[35] His bid ended in September 2022.[36]

In October 2022, Morrison bought a house in Florida, paying $2 million in cash.[37] He bought a second home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in December 2023.[38]


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See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "Mark Morrison". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
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  7. ^ "Death Row Heads To U.K." Billboard. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Daniel O'Donnell | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.
  9. ^ "love you too much – full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
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  11. ^ "Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows". MTV. 30 September 2016. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
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  13. ^ Mark Morrison – I Am What I Am. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "I Am What I Am (Remixes) – EP". iTunes Store.
  15. ^ "Mark Morrison – N.A.N.G. 2.0 (feat. Crooked I & Shonie) – Single (2013) [iTunes]", Mryoung.net, 24 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013
  16. ^ "Spotify – Nevada". open.spotify.com. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  17. ^ Songfacts. "The Mack by Nevada - Songfacts". www.songfacts.com. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  18. ^ Média, Bell. "INTERVIEW: Nevada Says Fetty Wap Added 'A Fresh Twist' To 'The Mack'". www.iheartradio.ca. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  19. ^ "Nevada – The Mack". EDM Sauce. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  20. ^ "Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap team up for Return of the Mack 20th anniversary revamp". Xposé Entertainment. TV3 Group. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Update | Official Charts". www.officialcharts.com.
  22. ^ Habbouchi, Hayley (5 February 2021). "G-Eazy & Chris Brown Sample Mark Morrison's Classic "Return Of The Mack" On "Provide"".
  23. ^ Powell, Jon. "G-Eazy and Chris Brown reimagine a Mark Morrison classic with "Provide"". REVOLT.
  24. ^ "Post Malone, Mark Morrison and Sickick Officially Drop "Cooped up / Return of the Mack"". 21 October 2022.
  25. ^ a b c Lister, David (1998) "In the news: Mark Morrison – Pop star takes the ultimate rap for a life of living dangerously", The Independent, 25 March 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  26. ^ "Mark Morrison Back In Custody After Jumping Bail", MTV, 18 March 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  27. ^ "SLAMMERTIME! MARK MORRISON IN WORMWOOD SCRUBS", NME, 23 February 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  28. ^ "Mark Morrison Not Guilty Of Offensive Weapon Charge", MTV, 27 March 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  29. ^ Heawood, Sophie (2006) "'I'm the most real black artist in England'", The Guardian, 8 March 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  30. ^ "Mark Morrison Changing Name", MTV, 28 October 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  31. ^ "MORRISON'S TROUBLES CONTINUE", NME, 24 February 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  32. ^ a b c "MARK MORRISON DRAMA – POLICEMAN ARRESTED Archived 2 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine", NME, 18 July 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  33. ^ Youngs, Ian (2004) "R&B star Mark Morrison arrested", BBC, 2 August 2004. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  34. ^ "MORRISON FACING ASSAULT CHARGE AFTER ARREST", Daily Express, 12 June 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2010
  35. ^ "Mark Morrison 'seriously considering' challenging Peter Soulsby to become next mayor of Leicester". Leicester Mercury.
  36. ^ "Singer Mark Morrison quits bid to be next Leicester city mayor". BBC News. 6 September 2022. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  37. ^ "Mark Morrison pays in cash for $2 million Florida house". Leicester Mercury. 12 October 2022.
  38. ^ "Instagram".

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