The music hits you, and at first you may be taken off guard. Maybe somewhat astonished at how high energy the kid comes at you. Or perhaps you skip that step (like I did) and immediately start running through predictions of the kid's future. His sound has been echoing off my bedroom/car's walls for months, and today is the day my uncontrollable anticipation comes to an abrupt stop into the new world of Goldlink. My walls have a new companion as The God Complex drops in today via the Squaaash Club.
Link's strategy has been similar to that of a drop in a song: he started slow with little inclination of what the process would be, then began moving faster by releasing a few remixes to introduce himself. Then Link gathered up a few interviews, bolstered his support, and launched a few singles (not to mention one of the coolest videos of the year). I've followed closely, waiting daily for the newest glimpse into the young DMV rapper's mind. It all led up to today, April 1st, when I can finally flip on Goldlink's switch. The project comes loaded with nine new tracks that are each individual statements. Full of unique and creative production, The God Complex isn't any ordinary hip hop tape. Link prefers the "future bounce" rhythmn over most.
I'm truly excited to see the feedback on this tape, as well as the direction this takes Goldlink. I've made predictions before (from Big Sean to Lorde) and I must say that although his style is an extreme stretch for mainstream media, I believe Goldlink's pure effect you receive when listening is enough to take him to the top. Flip your switch now and make sure you snag The God Complex for free download on Link's Soundcloud.
GoldLink's The God Complex release show with LAKIM is this Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 pm in U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC. Buy your tickets here.