Artist Picks is a series we do where we turn the tables and ask artists for their current music recommendations. It’s a fun way to discover art that’s inspiring creators, rather than just hearing the opinions of influencers like myself. We ask the artist to list 10 songs that they’re currently listening to, tell us why they picked that song, and we put together a playlist with all of their picks plus our favorite song by that artist him or herself.
If you know little about GoldLink, you’re not far off from the rest of us. Most of what I can tell you is that the 20-year-old rapper out of Virginia has been releasing incredible hip-hop tracks, but none of us yet know what he looks like. You read that right; the young artist has yet to show his face to the cameras. In his latest release, which is a music video for his song “The God Complex (When I Die),” he features some young actors, but GoldLink himself is not featured in the video. (The song is a clip from his upcoming EP The God Complex, coming out April 1st. You can watch the music video at the bottom of this post.) Oh, but the other thing I can tell you, judging from the list of 10 songs that he told us he’s listening to, is that he has a great taste in music.
Hit the jump to see and listen to his list of 10 songs he’s listening to, read about his picks, subscribe to the SoundCloud playlist, and watch the music video for his song “The God Complex (When I Die).”
10 Songs GoldLink Is Listening To:
1. James Blake “Voyeur”
It’s such a whimsical record with a very interesting overall instrumentation piece. Very minimal words, a lot of orchestrated noise.
2. The Internet ft. Yuna “Sunset”
Very beautiful collab. Yuna is one of my favorite up and coming singers and Matt Martian and the crew have a knack for emotion. Makes me feel like summer is approaching no matter what the season is.
3. Mar “Man x Woman”
Future bounce in its purest R&B form.
4. Jessy Lanza “Kathy Lee”
I’m in love with this song and visual. I’ve played it a good 200 times now in my iTunes library.
5. Sunny & Gabe “Fly”
I’m actually working with Sunny & Gabe this upcoming summer. They’re an amazing duo. This song is my top 5 favorite songs out right now; period.
6. Kali Uchis “You Just Wanna Stay”
The most raw song on my list, hands down. Voice is like water, beat is very nostalgic.
7. StarRo “In Love”
I’m fucking bitches to this joint.
8. Mndsgn ft. Anna Wise “milo”
This is actually my number one favorite song of the winter. I fell in love with it so much that we adopted a cat.
9. Little Dragon “Brush The Heat”
I have a crush on Little Dragon, y’all don’t even know.
10. Kelela “Bank Head (Extended)”
Kelela has one of the most unique female voices in the game. I’m just excited to see what she’s going to become.
Music Video: GoldLink – The God Complex (When I Die)