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Goldlink

Where the intersections of the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) collide, GoldLink is a direct product. Washington, D.C., and the broader DMV area, have long been treated like a musical Rubik's cube. There are bursting, Technicolor patches of musical brilliance, but the component
parts never line up in a way that made sense to those on the outside. GoldLink is not interested in spelling out all the nuances of his hometown; what he does aim to do is synthesize his environment's litany of influences and inspirations into something unique, singular, and all together his own. With his debut studio album At What Cost (Squaaash Club/RCA) -- helmed by the monstrous single "Crew" -- released in March 2017, he's done just that. By merging the sensibilities of go -go with the African diaspora, he's done what hip-hop has done from its inception: repurpose what's available into something magical. The success of At What Cost and now Triple Platinum single "Crew" saw GoldLink achieve a number of career firsts in the past few months -- from his Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration to the iHeartMedia Music Awards nomination for Best New Hip-Hop Artist to his BET Awards nomination for Best New Artist.

Released in June 2019, GoldLink’s second album Diaspora is the follow up to At What Cost, with tracks such as “Joke Ting,” “Zulu Screams” and “U Say” feat. Tyler, the Creator & Jay Prince. NPR called it, “...one of the best hip-hop records of the summer...” while Vulture explained,
“...GoldLink’s smartly made second album, pulls shimmering and unlikely component parts from disparate genres and synthesizes them with the bounce from his native DMV.” Recently, he wrapped Tyler, the Creator’s North American IGOR tour.
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