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GoldLink performing in December 2017
Background information
Birth nameD'Anthony Carlos[1]
Born (1993-05-17) May 17, 1993 (age 26)
Washington, D.C., United States
Years active2013–present
  • RCA
  • Soulection
  • Squaaash Club
Associated acts

D'Anthony Carlos (born May 17, 1993), better known by his stage name GoldLink, is an American rapper. In 2014, he released his debut mixtape, The God Complex, which received critical acclaim. In June 2015, he was chosen as part of the XXL Freshman Class. In October 2015, GoldLink released his second mixtape, And After That, We Didn't Talk, which was supported by the singles, "Dance on Me" and "Spectrum". His debut album, At What Cost, was released on March 24, 2017, to positive reviews. The album's lead single, "Crew", has peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as earned him his first Grammy nomination. His second studio album, Diaspora, was released on June 12, 2019.

Early life[edit]

GoldLink's father was a parks and recreation worker and his mother a secretary at a law firm.[2] After his parents separated, GoldLink moved to Bowie, Maryland with his mother and eventually settled in Virginia. GoldLink graduated from Hayfield Secondary School, in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]


2013–16: Beginnings and breakthrough[edit]

GoldLink performing in May 2015

GoldLink began his career performing under his birth name D'Anthony Carlos. He began making music as a hobby after graduating high school at Hayfield Secondary School, eventually recording tracks in a local studio in Falls Church, Virginia named Indie Media Lab.[2] He released his first tracks on Bandcamp under the name Gold Link James. It was in 2013 that he began performing as GoldLink, releasing several free tracks on SoundCloud.[2]

GoldLink released his first mixtape The God Complex in July 2014. Complex[3] named it one of the best projects released during the first half of 2014, Spin[4] placed it at number 19 on its The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014, Clash[5] ranked it at number 7 on their Top 10 Mixtapes of 2014 and Pitchfork Media gave the mixtape a 7.9 rating.[2]

GoldLink began collaborating with producer Rick Rubin in 2015.[6] In November 2015 he released the mixtape After That, We Didn't Talk, much of which was considered a follow-up to questions left unanswered from The God Complex.[7] Pigeons & Planes placed it at number 19 on its Best Albums of 2015 list.[8] GoldLink was also named a member of the XXL Freshman Class in 2015.[6] In 2016, GoldLink signed a major deal with RCA Records and revealed he is working on his second album. He released the single "Fall In Love" featuring rapper Cisero and produced by Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD and Canadian producer and DJ Kaytranada.[9] He later released the song "Untitled" with TDE rapper Isaiah Rashad.

2017–present: At What Cost and Diaspora[edit]

GoldLink in 2016

In February 2017, Goldlink took part in "Red Bull Sound Selects" reputable 3 Days Miami among artists Kelela, Angel Olsen, Brika, and others.[10] On March 24, 2017, he released his commercial mixtape, At What Cost, featuring guest appearances from Wale, Shy Glizzy, Steve Lacy, Jazmine Sullivan, Kaytranada, Mýa, Ciscero, Kokayi, Hare Squead, Radiant Children, April George and Lil Dude.[11] The project debuted at number 128 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[12] It was preceded by the singles "Crew" and "Meditation". "Crew" has peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his highest charting single in the country.[13] It was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[14]

In June 7, 2018, GoldLink was featured on the song "Like I Do" by American singer Christina Aguilera from her eighth studio album, Liberation,[15] which was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[14]

On June 12, 2019, GoldLink released his debut studio album "Diaspora". In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, he said that he considered "At What Cost" as his breakout mixtape due to a label agreement and "Diaspora" as his debut album.



Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


At What Cost 127 [A]
  • Released: June 12, 2019[21]
  • Label: RCA Records, Squaaash Club
  • Format: Digital download, LP, CD
77 40 70 148 87


List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions

The God Complex
  • Released: July 22, 2014[22]
  • Label: Squaaash Club
  • Format: Digital download
And After That, We Didn't Talk[23]
  • Released: November 8, 2015[24]
  • Label: Soulection
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Sober Thoughts" 2015 The God Complex
"Dance on Me"[26] And After That, We Didn't Talk
"Fall in Love"
(featuring Ciscero)
2016 Non-album singles
"See I Miss Pt. 2"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
(featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)
45 15 At What Cost
"Rough Soul"
(featuring April George)
2017 Non-album single
(featuring Kaytranada and Jazmine Sullivan)
At What Cost
"Got Friends"
(featuring Miguel)[29]
2018 non-album single
(with Silk City and Desiigner)[30]
"Zulu Screams"
(featuring Maleek Berry and Bibi Bourelly)[32]
2019 Diaspora
"Joke Ting"
(featuring Ari Pen-Smith)[33]
"U Say"
(featuring Tyler, the Creator and Jay Prince)[34]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
(BMB Spacekid featuring GoldLink)
2015 Non-album singles
(Falcons featuring GoldLink and Chaz French)
(Christian Rich featuring GoldLink)
"Sticks and Horses"
(George Maple featuring GoldLink)[36]
2016 Lover
(LEISURE featuring GoldLink)
(Kaytranada featuring AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
"Boo You Know"[37]
(Falcons featuring GoldLink)
2017 Non-album singles
"Far Gone"[38]
(Burns featuring Johnny Yukon and GoldLink)
"Through Enough"[39]
(VanJess featuring GoldLink)
Silk Canvas
"Wide Open"[40]
(Deante' Hitchcock featuring GoldLink)
So Much For Good Luck
(Niia featuring GoldLink)
Non-album single
(Ciscero featuring GoldLink, April George and Cheakaity)
2018 Devil's Pie
"Like I Do"[15]
(Christina Aguilera featuring GoldLink)
(Mya featuring GoldLink)
2019 TKO (The Knock Out)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Black Balloons" 2018 Denzel Curry, Twelve'len Ta13oo
"Something Real"[43] 2019 Adé, Wale Always Something
"Prescriptions" lilbootycall Jesus Said Run It Back
"Babouche" Jidenna 85 to Africa

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Performance "Crew" (with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy) Nominated [14]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Hip-Hop Artist Himself Nominated [44]
BET Awards Best New Artist Nominated [45]
2019 Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Performance "Like I Do" (with Christina Aguilera) Nominated [46]


  1. ^ At What Cost did not enter the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, but peaked at number 36 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Sales chart.[20]


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  5. ^ "Clash's Top Mixtapes Of 2014". Clash. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
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  10. ^ Duran, Jose D. (January 31, 2017). "Red Bull Sound Select's 3 Days in Miami Returns With Angel Olsen, Goldlink, and Kelela". Miami New Times. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
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  14. ^ a b c "60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". The Recording Academy. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
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  28. ^ "American single certifications – Goldlink – Crew". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  29. ^ "Got Friends (feat. Miguel) - Single by GoldLink". iTunes. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  30. ^ "Loud - Single by Silk City, GoldLink & Desiigner". iTunes. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  31. ^ "Silk City - Record Store Day". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  32. ^ "Zulu Screams (feat. Maleek Berry & Bibi Bourelly) – Single by GoldLink". iTunes. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  33. ^ "Joke Ting (feat. Ari Pen-Smith)". iTunes. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  34. ^ "U Say (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Jay Prince) – Single by GoldLink". iTunes. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  35. ^ "Aquafina (feat. GoldLink & Chaz French) - Single by Falcons". iTunes. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  36. ^ O'Connor, Samantha (April 28, 2016). "George Maple shares 'Sticks and Horses' featuring GoldLink". The Four Oh Five. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  37. ^ "Boo You Know (feat. GoldLink) - Single by Falcons". iTunes. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  38. ^ "Far Gone (feat. Johnny Yukon & GoldLink) - Single by BURNS". iTunes. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  39. ^ "Through Enough (feat. GoldLink) - Single by VanJess". iTunes. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  40. ^ "Wide Open (feat. GoldLink)". iTunes.
  41. ^ "Nobody (feat. Goldlink) - Single by Niia". iTunes. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  42. ^ "Function (feat. GoldLink, April George & Cheakaity) - Single by Ciscero". iTunes. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  43. ^ "ALWAYS SOMETHING - EP by ADÉ". Apple Music. February 15, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  44. ^ "Rihanna, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Nominees". Billboard. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  45. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B & Migos Among 2018 BET Awards Winners". HipHopDX. June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  46. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2019: See The Full List Here". Pitchfork. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.

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