Goldlink had the most organic and powerful year in regards to underground hip-hop artists in 2014-2015. His rise started out with the release of his EP “The God Complex.” The DMV upstart relinquished a 9-track EP that liberated a unique sound into the rap atmosphere.
The real groundwork came after the project was dropped. Goldlink did a great job rolling out high quality videos that grabbed tastemakers and casual fans alike. If possible, his video “Ay ay ay” featured strippers twerking for world peace, in good taste. His follow up video for “When I Die” was the perfect change-up visually. The most impressive part was that Goldink was able to capture his essence and grab his fans without making an appearance in any of his first video releases.
Goldlink also has done a great job tying into the Soulection world. His songs were pushed through their DJ pipeline, causing his singles to go viral when the mp3 dropped online. Goldlink has a great team behind him and can create amazing music. To date, Goldlink’s biggest feature is with Kali Uchis. One can only imagine what big features he is sitting on at the moment.
Last, but not least. Goldlink gives an amazing live set. He has received praise from numerous platforms for his song selection and energy each set. With all of these tools at his disposal, Goldlink will have the best year out of all the artists on the 2015 XXL Freshmen list.