#10 Album of 2017 - GoldLink - At What Cost
What a year for it's been for Hip-Hop. It has officially become the new rock and roll, completely dominating the Billboard charts, with acts like Migos, Cardi B, Travis Scott, and others being steady chart-toppers. Someone who has been wholeheartedly looked over though is GoldLink (D'Anthony Carlos). With his debut album At What Cost, I am a bit saddened at the lack of coverage. Like the other big names listed above, he had a massive, breakthrough track off this record in 'Crew' (ft. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy) that peaked at 45 on the Billboard charts. It's been on the charts 21 weeks, and that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of hits on this album.
Focusing more on the album itself, you'll find yourself feeling a bit nostalgic, a type of time-travel via sounds while listening to the beats selected. This feels like a late 90's Hip-Hop album, drawing to mind comparisons of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. Beats are extremely intricate, and you won't find yourself exhausted by the overwhelming amount of competing drums and flutes. The song 'Meditation' (ft. Jazmine Sullivan & KAYTRANADA) is a heavily slept-on single that is a must-listen, as well as the insane 'Kokamoe Freestyle', putting GoldLink's irresistible vocals over a beat that is arguably the strongest on the whole project.
Just as you think the record is going to sail into the sunset, the 2nd to last track 'Some Girl' (ft. Steve Lacy) appears - and its snappy, sizzling cymbals ensnare you completely in their grips. D'Anthony's vocals flow like molasses over the production. I don't know how this song hasn't caught on with the charts. With 2017 now over, it's on GoldLink to follow up the huge year he had with aforementioned platinum-certified single 'Crew' - exciting as a listener, and a great challenge as an artist.
What do you think about the DC rapper's album?