Return of the Mack

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"Return of the Mack"
MarkMorrisonReturnOfTheMackFrenchCDSingleCover.jpg
Standard UK/European cover art
Single by Mark Morrison
from the album Return of the Mack
B-side Remix
Released 18 March 1996 (1996-03-18)
Format
Recorded 1995
Genre
Length 4:34 (UK album version)
3:33 (UK radio edit)
7:20 (US album version)
Label Atlantic, WEA
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mark Morrison
  • Phil Chill
Mark Morrison singles chronology
"Let's Get Down"
(1995)
"Return of the Mack"
(1996)
"Crazy (remix)"
(1996)
Alternate cover
American single cover

"Return of the Mack" is a song written and recorded by English R&B artist Mark Morrison. It was released in United Kingdom in March 1996 and reached the number one on the UK Singles Chart a month later. It reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early summer 1997 for one week, kept from number one by Hanson's "MMMBop", and went platinum.[1] The track is a tale of ultimate betrayal and redemption.

The song's beat is sampled from the song "Genius of Love" by American band Tom Tom Club. It additionally samples "Games" by Chuckii Booker.

The song appears on the episode "The Gang Group Dates" of the hit show It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

The song is referenced in UK Grime artist Skepta's track "That's Not Me" where he declares: "It's the Return of the Mack / I'm still alive just like 2Pac"

The song is covered by both American rapper Mann and Swedish DJ Nevada.

Track listing[edit]

CD single - U.S.
  1. "Return of the Mack" (C&J X-Tended radio edit) – 7:20 (same version of the album)
CD single - Europe
  1. "Return of the Mack" (C&J radio edit) – 3:32
  2. "Return of the Mack" (Joe T. Vannelli light radio edit) – 3:57
  3. "Return of the Mack" (C&J Street mix) – 4:34
  4. "Return of the Mack" (Terence Dackombe mind tricks mix) – 3:46
  5. "Return of the Mack" (D-Influence vibe mix) – 4:29
  6. "Return of the Mack" (Full Crew mix) – 3:56
  7. "Return of the Mack" (Sir Gant mix) – 4:58
12" maxi - U.S.
  1. "Return of the Mack" (C&J Street mix) – 7:18
  2. "Return of the Mack" (Da Beatminerz remix) – 4:39
  3. "Return of the Mack" (a cappella of the mack) – 2:56
  4. "Trippin'" (C&J mix) – 4:23
  5. "Trippin'" (Salaam Remi remix) – 4:23
  6. "Return of the Mack" (instrumental) – 5:53
12" maxi - Europe
  1. "Return of the Mack" (C&J Street mix) – 4:34
  2. "Return of the Mack" (D-Influence vibe mix) – 4:29
  3. "Return of the Mack" (Joe T. Vannelli light mix) – 7:30
  4. "Return of the Mack" (Joe T. Vannelli extra corvette mix) – 6:44

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Firestarter" by The Prodigy
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 April 1996 – 21 April 1996 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Fastlove" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
3 March 1997 – 24 March 1997 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Discothèque" by U2

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 18 March 1996 (1996-03-18) Atlantic, WEA CD single
United States 16 February 1997 (1997-02-16)

Mann version[edit]

"The Mack"
TheMack.jpg
Single by Mann featuring Iyaz and Snoop Dogg
from the album Mann's World
Released 23 May 2011 (UK)
5 July 2011 (US)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre G-Funk
Length 3:35
Label The Island Def Jam Music Group
Producer(s) J.R. Rotem
Mann singles chronology
"Buzzin'"
(2010)
"The Mack"
(2011)
"Music Sounds Better with U" (2011)
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"If I Was You (OMG)"
(2011)
"The Mack"
(2011)
"Young, Wild & Free"
(2011)
Iyaz singles chronology
"Break My Bank"
(2010)
"The Mack"
(2011)
"Pretty Girls"
(2011)

American hip-hop/rap artist Mann released a cover version of the song, featuring vocals from Snoop Dogg and Iyaz. His version is simply titled "The Mack". The single was released in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2011 as a digital download. The Music Video premiered on Mann's YouTube Channel on 28 June. It was released in the United States on 5 July 2011.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "The Mack" was first released onto YouTube on June 23, 2011 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-five seconds. It features Mann, Iyaz and Snoop Dogg, at a pool party that starts off in the day into the night and they are surrounded by women. Mark is also shown entering London Heathrow airport and then driving a car.[38]

Critical reception[edit]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating, "I'm tryin' to bag a chick from a centerfold and I'm tryin' burn bread like it's gonna be toast," the pint-sized rapper curiously explains between an instantly recognisable chorus that samples Mark Morrison's '96 classic 'Return Of The Mack' - the robotic tones courtesy of Iyaz. "Mann, he was buzzed, and he's on my level, Snoop fo shizzles as he continues to heap praise on the rising star. With such an endorsement, that ever-tricky second single shouldn't be an issue for long", rewarding it three of five stars.[39]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Mack" (feat. Snoop Dogg & Iyaz) 3:35

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[40] 68
Australian Urban (ARIA) 20
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[41] 25
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[42] 38
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[43] 36
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[44] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[45] 28

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 23 May 2011 Digital download The Island Def Jam Music Group

Nevada version[edit]

"The Mack"
The Mack - Nevada Single.png
Single by Nevada featuring Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap
Released 23 September 2016
Format Digital download
Genre Tropical house[46]
Length 2:47
Label
  • Straightforward
  • Nourishing
  • Capitol
Writer(s)
  • William Maxwell
  • Mark Morrison
  • Pyramids in Paris
  • Jonathan White
Producer(s) Nevada
Mark Morrison singles chronology
"My Life 2.0"
(2016)
"The Mack"
(2016)
Fetty Wap singles chronology
"Different Now"
(2016)
"The Mack"
(2016)

Swedish DJ Nevada released a cover version of the song titled "The Mack", twenty years after the release of the original version.[47] Nevada's cover features the vocal collaboration of Mack Morrison and American rapper Fetty Wap.[48] The song was written by Morrison, William Maxwell, Pyramids in Paris, and Jonathan White.[49] It was released to digital download through Straightforward Music, Nourishing Music, and Capital Records on 23 September 2016.[50]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[51] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[52] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[53] 25
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[54] 79
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[55] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[56] 75
Ireland (IRMA)[57] 14
Italy (FIMI)[58] 64
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[59] 47
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[60] 7
Portugal (AFP)[61] 65
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 15
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[62] 45
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[63] 83
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[64] 73
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[65] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 23 September 2016 Digital download
  • Straightforward
  • Nourishing
  • Capital
[66]
Italy 28 October 2016 Contemporary hit radio Universal [67]

Sampling[edit]

In 2012 "Return of the Mack" was sampled again in a song by Trae Tha Truth called "I'm On" which samples the opening vocals from "Return of the Mack" and features MDMA, Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wale & Wiz Khalifa. And in June 2012, he made a remix called "I'm On 2.0".

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