GoldLink performing in December 2017
May 17, 1993 |
Washington, D.C., United States
|Labels||RCA, Soulection, Squaaash Club|
D'Anthony Carlos, better known by his stage name GoldLink, is an American rapper. In 2014, he released his debut mixtape, The God Complex, which received critical acclaim. In June 2015, he was chosen as part of the XXL Freshman Class. In October 2015, GoldLink released his second mixtape, And After That, We Didn't Talk, which was supported by the singles, "Dance on Me" and "Spectrum". His debut studio album, At What Cost, was released on March 24, 2017 to positive reviews. The album's lead single, "Crew", has peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as earned him a Grammy nomination.
GoldLink's father was a parks and recreation worker and his mother a secretary at a law firm. After his parents separated, GoldLink moved to Bowie, Maryland with his mother and eventually settled in Virginia. GoldLink graduated from Hayfield Secondary School, in Alexandria, Virginia.
GoldLink began his career performing under his birth name D'Anthony Carlos. He began making music as a hobby after graduating high school at Hayfield Secondary School, eventually recording tracks in a local studio in Washington, D.C. named Indie Media Lab. He released his first tracks on Bandcamp under the name Gold Link James. It was in 2013 that he began performing as GoldLink, releasing several free tracks on SoundCloud.
GoldLink released his first mixtape The God Complex in July 2014. Complex named it one of the best projects released during the first half of 2014, Spin placed it at number 19 on its The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014, Clash ranked it at number 7 on their Top 10 Mixtapes of 2014 and Pitchfork Media gave the mixtape a 7.9 rating.
GoldLink began collaborating with producer Rick Rubin in 2015. In November 2015 he released the mixtape After That, We Didn't Talk, much of which was considered a follow-up to questions left unanswered from The God Complex. Pigeons & Planes placed it at number 19 on its Best Albums of 2015 list. GoldLink was also named a member of the XXL Freshman Class in 2015. In 2016, GoldLink signed a major deal with RCA Records and revealed he is working on his second album. He released the single "Fall In Love" featuring rapper Cisero and produced by Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD and Canadian producer and DJ Kaytranada. He later released the song "Untitled" with TDE rapper Isaiah Rashad.
In February 2017, Goldlink took part in "Red Bull Sound Selects" reputable 3 Days Miami among artists Kelela, Angel Olsen, Brika, and others. On March 24 2017, he released his debut studio album, At What Cost, featuring guest appearances from Wale, Shy Glizzy, Steve Lacy, Jazmine Sullivan, Kaytranada, Mýa, Ciscero, Kokayi, Hare Squead, Radiant Children, April George and Lil Dude. The album debuted at number 128 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It was preceded by the singles "Crew" and "Meditation". "Crew" has peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his highest charting single in the country. It was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|At What Cost||127|
|Title||Mixtape details||Peak chart positions|
|The God Complex||
|And After That, We Didn't Talk||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Sober Thoughts"||2015||--||--||The God Complex|
|"Dance on Me"||--||--||And After That, We Didn't Talk|
|"Fall in Love"
|"See I Miss Pt. 2"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
(featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)
|45||15||At What Cost|
(featuring April George)
(featuring Kaytranada and Jazmine Sullivan)
|--||--||At What Cost|
(BMB Spacekid featuring GoldLink)
(Falcons featuring GoldLink and Chaz French)
(Christian Rich featuring GoldLink)
|"Sticks and Horses"
(George Maple featuring GoldLink)
(LEISURE featuring GoldLink)
(Kaytranada featuring AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
|"Boo You Know"
(Falcons featuring GoldLink)
(Burns featuring Johnny Yukon and GoldLink)
(VanJess featuring GoldLink)
(Niia featuring GoldLink)
(Ciscero featuring GoldLink, April George and Cheakaity)
|"Open"||2018||Mýa||TKO (The Knock Out)|
|"Like I Do"||Christina Aguilera||Liberation|
|2018||Grammy Awards||Best Rap/Sung Performance||"Crew" (with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)||Nominated|||
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best New Hip-Hop Artist||Himself||Nominated|||