Following the 2015 release of the mixtape, And After That, We Didn’t Talk, D.C’s Goldlink recently released his anticipated album At What Cost. If you are now just getting introduced into the world of the artist–who’s name is pimp-inspired, here’s some information that might be vital to understanding his movement.
The rapper made waves in 2014 when he released his mixtape, The God Complex–which features contributions from Kali Uchis, Louis Lastic, and Fingalick–reached over 2 million plays via Soundcloud. With much internet buzz over the MC, he attracted the attention of Complex, the legendary Rick Rubin, Wale, and Andre 3000. Although the rapper was attracting all the right ears, he didn’t stop there. In 2015, the D.C native revealed some relationship wounds with his second mixtape Soulection. The body of work included hits like “Spectrum”–which sampled DMV icon Missy Elliot’s “She’s a Bitch”– and production from Anderson Paak and Rick Rubin, assisting his expression on love-life regrets, obsessions, appreciation of women, and relationship ideals.
While the last mixtape took a spin on relationship wounds, his latest album takes note of the rapper’s life, hometown and “love crime” through a mirror-reflecting perspective. Songs like “Same Clothes As Yesterday” ft. Ciscero talk about smiling through life and industry bullsh*t. Other singles like “Meditation” featuring Jazmine Sullivan and Kaytranada, reach back to a past DMV girl–who Goldlink put his raw thoughts on the front-line for. In the song he also references the legendary go-go band, The Backyard Band–who are widely known for their songs “Sexy Lady” and “Sick of Being Lonely.” Other tracks on the album feature a range of voices from Mya to Wale to Shy Glizzy, Steve Lacey, Brent Faiyaz, Kokayi, and the Dublin-based group Hare Squead. At the end of the project, we find that even though Goldlink is holding onto gold (his success), he’s still in search of answers on aspects of his life that haven’t been as eminent. On the single “Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt),” Goldlink ends the track with:
“Fuck these rappers. Fuck these labels
Fuck these bitches. Fuck these bitches, you hear me
They killed my nigga and I pray for revenge
Control me and use me the way you would allow me to
With this album, there’s much to take away from. With revealing the good and the straining realms of his life, he continues to seek answers through meditation, religious word-play, and story-telling through a DMV narrative. Everything that glitters ain’t gold, it comes with a cost. Check out Goldlink’s latest album here and checkout his latest visuals from the album below: