As if to prove that amazing things can happen on April Fools’ Day, Washington, DC artist GoldLink finally liberated his debut free album in The God Complex. I was first introduced to the elastic emcee’s daring style and sometimes vicious vocality more than seven months ago; he had just released his remix to the Kaytranada-produced “On & On”, and I was eager to see where his evident talents and originality took him.
Sure enough, six singles and one video – all released over the course of those seven months – proved more than enough to capture the attention of hip-hop fans across the country. Hundreds have heaped piles of hype upon this future star, but GoldLink today assured any listeners still doubtful of his abilities that he is, in truth, a legitimate beacon amidst a sea of rap wannabes birthed by the internet.
An array of different producers collectively execute an aesthetic continuum, one that bends rap’s rules to mesh unpredictable flows with dance-inspired backdrops; filled to the brim with atmospherics and head nod-inducing drums, Louie Lastic, Fingalick, Teklun, McCallaman and others deserve acknowledgment for the part each played in the creation of such a cohesive project. The God Complex begins and ends with a thematic link that will leave you questioning the internal meaning of it all. No one, though, should raise any questions regarding GoldLink, and the fact that he’s here to stay.
Stream The God Complex below. Download the project here.