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GoldLink performing in December 2017
Background information
D'Anthony Carlos[1]
Born (1993-05-17) May 17, 1993 (age 25)
Washington, D.C., United States
  • RCA
  • Soulection
  • Squaaash Club

D'Anthony Carlos (born May 17, 1993), 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 his first Grammy nomination.

Early life

GoldLink's father was a parks and recreation worker and his mother a secretary at a law firm.[2] 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.[2]


2013-16: Beginnings and breakthrough

GoldLink performing in May 2015

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 Falls Church, Virginia named Indie Media Lab.[2] 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.[2]

GoldLink released his first mixtape The God Complex in July 2014. Complex[3] named it one of the best projects released during the first half of 2014, Spin[4] placed it at number 19 on its The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014, Clash[5] ranked it at number 7 on their Top 10 Mixtapes of 2014 and Pitchfork Media gave the mixtape a 7.9 rating.[2]

GoldLink began collaborating with producer Rick Rubin in 2015.[6] 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.[7] Pigeons & Planes placed it at number 19 on its Best Albums of 2015 list.[8] GoldLink was also named a member of the XXL Freshman Class in 2015.[6] 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.[9] He later released the song "Untitled" with TDE rapper Isaiah Rashad.

2017-present: At What Cost

GoldLink in 2016

In February 2017, Goldlink took part in "Red Bull Sound Selects" reputable 3 Days Miami among artists Kelela, Angel Olsen, Brika, and others.[10] 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.[11] The album debuted at number 128 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[12] 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.[13] It was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[14]

In June 7, 2018, GoldLink was featured on the song "Like I Do" by American singer Christina Aguilera from her eighth studio album, Liberation,[15] which was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[14]



Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
At What Cost 127


List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions

The God Complex
  • Released: July 22, 2014[17]
  • Label: Squaaash Club
  • Format: Digital download
And After That, We Didn't Talk[18]
  • Released: November 8, 2015[19]
  • Label: Soulection
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl


As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Sober Thoughts" 2015 -- -- The God Complex
"Dance on Me"[21] -- -- And After That, We Didn't Talk
"Spectrum"[22] -- --
"Fall in Love"
(featuring Ciscero)
2016 -- -- Non-album singles
"See I Miss Pt. 2"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
-- --
(featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)
45 15 At What Cost
"Rough Soul"
(featuring April George)
2017 -- -- Non-album single
(featuring Kaytranada and Jazmine Sullivan)
-- -- At What Cost
"Got Friends"[24]
(featuring Miguel)
2018 -- -- TBA
(with Silk City and Desiigner)
-- --

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
(BMB Spacekid featuring GoldLink)
2015 Non-album singles
(Falcons featuring GoldLink and Chaz French)
(Christian Rich featuring GoldLink)
"Sticks and Horses"
(George Maple featuring GoldLink)[27]
2016 Lover
(LEISURE featuring GoldLink)
(Kaytranada featuring AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
"Boo You Know"[28]
(Falcons featuring GoldLink)
2017 Non-album singles
"Far Gone"[29]
(Burns featuring Johnny Yukon and GoldLink)
"Through Enough"[30]
(VanJess featuring GoldLink)
Silk Canvas
(Niia featuring GoldLink)
Non-album single
(Ciscero featuring GoldLink, April George and Cheakaity)
2018 Devil's Pie
"Like I Do"[15]
(Christina Aguilera featuring GoldLink)

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Open" 2018 Mýa TKO (The Knock Out)
"Black Balloons" Denzel Curry, Twelve'len Ta13oo

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Performance "Crew" (with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy) Nominated [14]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Hip-Hop Artist Himself Nominated [33]
BET Awards Best New Artist Nominated [34]
2019 Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Performance "Like I Do (with Christina Aguilera) Nominated [35]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Nostro, Lauren (9 July 2014). "Who Is GoldLink? The DMV Rapper Talks the Allure of Anonymity, Finding Success, and "The God Complex"". Complex. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "The Best Albums of 2014 (so far)". Complex. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "GoldLink, The God Complex (Self-Released)". Spin. December 4, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Clash's Top Mixtapes Of 2014". Clash. October 15, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b Leight, Elias (June 10, 2015). "GoldLink Brings His Future Bounce to Brooklyn: Live Review | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (11 November 2015). "Review: GoldLink Explains It All on 'And After That, We Didn't Talk'". Spin. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Best Albums of 2015". Pigeons & Planes. December 23, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ GoldLinkVEVO (November 22, 2016). "GoldLink - Fall in Love ft. Ciscero". Retrieved 2017 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Duran, Jose D. (2017-01-31). "Red Bull Sound Select's 3 Days in Miami Returns With Angel Olsen, Goldlink, and Kelela". Miami New Times. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "GoldLink Shares 'At What Cost' Album Cover and Release Date". XXL. March 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ a b "GoldLink - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Chart Search for GoldLink (Billboard Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". The Recording Academy. November 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Christina Aguilera & Demi Lovato Unveil "Fall In Line" Video". HotNewHipHip. May 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "GoldLink - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
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  18. ^ Murillo, Andres (December 6, 2015). "And After That, We Didn't Talk". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "And After That, We Didn't Talk by GoldLink on Apple Music". October 8, 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Chart Search for GoldLink (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Dance On Me - Single by GoldLink on iTunes". 21 Aug 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  22. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (8 Oct 2015). "GoldLink Announces Debut Album And After That, We Didn't Talk, Shares "Spectrum"". Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ "American single certifications - Goldlink - Crew". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
  24. ^ "Got Friends (feat. Miguel) - Single by GoldLink". iTunes. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Loud - Single by Silk City, GoldLink & Desiigner". iTunes. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Aquafina (feat. GoldLink & Chaz French) - Single by Falcons". iTunes. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ O'Connor, Samantha (28 April 2016). "George Maple shares 'Sticks and Horses' featuring GoldLink". The Four Oh Five. Retrieved 2016.
  28. ^ "Boo You Know (feat. GoldLink) - Single by Falcons". iTunes. Retrieved 2017.
  29. ^ "Far Gone (feat. Johnny Yukon & GoldLink) - Single by BURNS". iTunes. Retrieved 2017.
  30. ^ "Through Enough (feat. GoldLink) - Single by VanJess". iTunes. Retrieved 2017.
  31. ^ "Nobody (feat. Goldlink) - Single by Niia". iTunes. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ "Function (feat. GoldLink, April George & Cheakaity) - Single by Ciscero". iTunes. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ "Rihanna, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Nominees". Billboard. January 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  34. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B & Migos Among 2018 BET Awards Winners". HipHopDX. June 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  35. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2019: See The Full List Here". Pitchfork. December 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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