When an act called Sisters Love were offered a cameo in the blaxploitation film The Mack, their manager suggested that Willie Hutch do the soundtrack. It came to be one of the great ’70s film scores, including a pair of classic funk tunes, “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” and the title cut. The results proved to be another soundtrack that far surpassed the quality of its film.
Hutch was hired as a Motown writer-producer and for the next 20 years would work with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Junior Walker, the Four Tops and Aretha Franklin. “Writing lyrics and setting them to music was a freedom no one could take away from me,” said Hutch on what inspired him to write songs. “Writing gave me a freedom to go everywhere I wanted to go.”