Blown out of the water.

Less than two years ago, this rapper out of the DMV area was just another kid in college trying to spread his SoundCloud account through word-of-mouth. Now, backed by the infamous LA record label Soulection, Goldlink has finally made a name for himself and is currently spreading his love across North America.

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to catch one of his opening shows for his headlining tour in Santa Ana, California, at the Observatory. Throughout his tour, Goldlink will feature different eclectic producers to open for his show, lucky for us, we were blessed with the sweet sounds of Sango.

Sango is the epitome of Soulection: hip-hop influenced future beats. He could not have hyped the crowd up better than anyone else. While mixing his classics like “Me De Amor,” he also made sure to drop hip hop favorites like Kanye’s new album The Life of Pablo which was obviously a crowd favorite. No matter what he was spinning, he constantly danced around stage looking like he was having the time of his life, invigorating the crowd’s high spirits and sustaining the immense anticipation for Goldlink.

Goldlink’s debut project The God Complex dropped in 2014 under Soulection, and since then, the iconic hip-hop “future bounce” was born. His most recent work, And After That, We Didn’t Talk, sparked this almost entirely sold out tour. At age 21, Goldlink took the stage with total confidence and turned the crowd up to the next level. Before attending the show, I didn’t expect his performance to be very, what the kids call these days, “turnt”. Most of his songs are melodic and feel-good rather than bass-heavy trap bangers. But Goldlink brought the heat and exceeded all expectations.

This young MC transitioned back and fourth from playing his songs, letting the DJ lay down crowd favorites like “MAAD CITY,” “21 Questions,” and “Outkast,” which worked very well for him and the audience so he could get a rest while we kept on jammin’. Goldlink’s stage presence was well known, with a bassist and a backup singer behind him. He even brought out a saxophonist to dance around stage for one of his songs. Overall, from start to finish, Goldlink brought an energy I have never seen at any other hip-hop show. This new and innovative style of music has set the bar to hip-hop’s expansion and Goldlink is currently the leader of the pack. Folks around the U.S., get your tickets before they sell out because this show was one hell of a time.



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