Everyone first began to know him as Goldlink, who started as a 21-year-old rapper, keeping his identity under wraps except for a few select producers until he felt it was time.
After signing on to his first record deal with RCA Records in August with manager Henny Yegezu, the rapper, who’s birth name is D’Anthony Carlos, feels that he can now reveal more of who he is, but still on his own time.
Though he’s best-known from his 2014 mixtape “The God Complex” the 23-year-old rapper is far from having a superior, greater than thou complex. Credited for being down to earth, the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) rapper is all about expanding his mind so that it can be transferred to his unique sound coined “future bounce.”
The young rapper, who was born in Washington D.C., raised in between capital’s 58th Street & Cheverly Maryland and eventually moved to Virginia, didn’t grow up wanting to rap but decided to take up the art at the age of 18. In the stage of only caring about “being cool and girls,” he decided to treat rap as his schooling studying the creative process of Big L, KRS-One, Canibus and Kurupt, but he didn’t limit himself to rap.
Goldlink studied the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Def Jam Poetry, Pink Floyd, Grimes, and Lykke Li. He began working with Yegezu at a local D.C. studio Indie Media Lab and operating independently through his own company, a Squaaash Club.
This is when God Complex came in with its upbeat, brightly colored sound that contrasts with his themes of masculinity and street-savvy narratives. Pitchfork gave it a 7.9, and it made Complex’s Best Albums of 2014 (So Far).
His subsequent album, “And After That, We Didn’t Talk” came after collaborating with mentor Rick Rubin. The mixtape revolves around a breakup he had when he was 16 and features “Dance on Me” which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time chart. He went on to being named to the XXL Freshman Class in 2015, a feat he didn’t expect. Most recently, he has released “And After That, We Didn’t Talk: The Remixes” and “Fall in Love Ft. Ciscero” which was produced by Kaytranada & BadBadNot Good.
In June, he performed at the Trillectro Festival alongside with big name artists like Kid Cudi, Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert, and performed various festival dates around the world this summer.
New music is in the works for Goldlink as he prepares his major label debut next year.
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