With the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight on everyone’s mind that night, the Canadian Music Week showcase present by The Known Unknown had curious and long-time fans rolling in to catch DMV rapper GoldLink at his first headlining show in Toronto.
His mixtape, Gold Complex has garnered some very high praises from critics at Pitchfork, FADER, HipHopDX, DJ Booth and much more. To top things off, hip-hop legend Rick Rubin has give him a co-sign, which is almost said to be non-existent in this day and age. Personally, my interest was piqued when I heard Andre 3000 from Outkast was spotted at several of his shows – Why him? It was at that moment that I made the decision, then and there, to begin my investigation.
After following acts from Jahkoy and Clairmont The Second, GoldLink took to the stage at 10pm to give Torontonians a highly engaging performance. It’s easy to see why a legendary producers and artists would give their blessings to the rising star – he’s not a rapper, he’s a rockstar. Outside of the fact, he rocked a sweet-ass leather jacket and a swanky white shirt, and the young star was able to draw the attention and love from the crowd with no hesitation. He was adamant that new and old fans knew that his music was meant to get their toes tapping and their bodies moving.
His music comprised of a blend between disco, house and 90s hip-hop and R&B. He went through the majority of the tracks from his mixtape, which had die-hard fans over the top and had new fans frantically typing pieces of song lyrics on Google to track down the song. The shining moment from his performance was when he performed his Kaytranada-produced single, “Sober Thoughts,” which had the crowd singing along with the hook.
GoldLink’s self-proclaimed ‘future bounce’ genre taps into the crowd’s love for old school hip-hop, soulful rhythms, and electronic music all at the same-damn-time. This fusion is what will redefine the genre of hip-hop and carry it over to next level in music. You know what? So much about talking about it, if you get the chance check him out or if you want to enjoy it from the comforts of your own room, take a listen below.