Mick Jenkins ft. Goldlink – Pressed For Time

Mick Jenkins and Goldlink are two hip-hop artists that have gained quite the following individually. Their unique vibes have brought on plenty of fans and they only continue to do their thing, but who would’ve thought they’d come together to create a heavenly hip-hop mixture? “Pressed For Time” is a smooth r&b-rap fusion that oozes with soul. It’s one of those tracks to put on during a chill day, in that kick back your feet type of way (we all need some of that). Is it too soon to hope for a Mick Jenkins/Goldlink rap group? Listen to the track below and be the judge!

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GoldLink – Rough Soul (Feat. April George)

If you’re looking for some soul on a Thursday, GoldLink and April George have enough smooth vibes for all of us. GoldLink has been on fire since the release of his album And After That, We Didn’t Talk and hasn’t stopped since. “Rough Soul” is another chapter of GoldLink’s love story, which always makes for some of his best work. The track may be about heartbreak and connections lost, but its chill sound gives the impression that everything will be okay in the end– that’s how life works, right? Check out GoldLink and April George’s special collaboration below.

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[Sunset Mixtape] Candy Hearts and Sounds : Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s Day usually has the following effects on people: you’re ready to shower your significant other with lovin’, you’re drowning yourself in the finest wines and chocolates, or this day simply doesn’t exist in your mind (sorry, Hallmark). Whatever category you may be in, there’s simply no saying no to a good dose of heartfelt music. This Valentine’s Day Edition mixtape has a dose of sexy, sweet, and just about anything to make you feel those love butterflies for someone else (or your own fabulous self). Whether you’re into being serenaded by the r&b smoothness of Miguel or just need a hip-hop love declaration from Mick Jenkins, this mix will give it all to you. Listen to all the love-filled sounds below and give your Valentine’s Day weekend those extra feels.

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Kelela – Rewind Feat. Goldlink (Remix)

Kelela and Goldlink are two artists that rose last year, so it only makes sense that they combine their talents into one. “Rewind” is originally a mysterious, sexy track, but this Louie Lastic remix turns it into more of a feel-good dance tune. Although the drastic change may not sound like it makes sense, it works flawlessly in the end. Not only is “Rewind” suddenly filled with a new catchy beat, but there’s also a verse from Goldlink to give it that extra edginess. You can listen to the reborn version of “Rewind” below, premiered last night on Annie Mac’s radio show.

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Falcons – Terra (EP)

Falcons, Leaning

Fool’s Gold producer Falcons set the Internet on fire with his Goldlink-assisted single “Aquafina,” and his Terra EP proves that wasn’t just a one-off success.

Over four tracks, Falcons showcases his minimalist soundscapes, employing a neo-Neptunes aesthetic on “Boss Mackin’,” and throwing a novel spin on grime with the Stush collaboration “Flame.”

There are traces of hyphy throughout Terra, but Falcons, who is affiliated with the Athletixx crew, works hard to keep his sound varied and make sure listeners are on their toes. Unsurprisingly, you can also hear some A-Trak influences as well in his sparse but infectious synth lines.

Ultimately, “Aquafina” is the standout track for a reason. Goldlink’s manic flow fits perfectly atop Falcon’s warbly synths and hard-hitting drums. It’s a bona fide hit with a massive hook that sticks with you after a single listen.

Falcons isn’t making game-changing electronic music, but he shows terrific promise on Terra and is surely a name to watch in the coming years.

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Chet Faker & GoldLink – On You

GoldLink continues to impress at anything he does. First, The God Complex, which is easily one of the best mixtapes of the year. Then, countless releases to showcase his talent. He’s just a type of guy that has no genre and can do whatever the hell he wants. Watch him and Chet Faker make this from scratch below!

Chet Faker x GoldLink – Songs From Scratch from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

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GoldLink – Sober Thoughts

This post goes as an apology to GoldLink, as if I were writing it in his high school yearbook.

Dear GoldLink,

I’m sorry you haven’t been posted as much as you should be on this site. We use your material for a lot of our playlists, such as; Best of, Tape Tuesday, 4-20 playlists, all of it.

You rock, and I want to get drunk with you, or get sober, whatever your preference is.

Don’t ever change,


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[Artist Picks] What Music is GoldLink Listening To?

Do you ever find yourself wondering what hip hop artist GoldLink listens to in his spare time? Well, we did. So we asked the mysterious artist himself. This is part of our Artist Picks feature.

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).”

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[Download MP3] Galimatias & Joppe ft. GoldLink – One Step Back

GoldLink has really been on my radar recently, and this is a good reason why. Danish producers, Galimatias & Joppe create an original instrumental for GoldLink as he lays down two verses that are silky smooth. GoldLink has potential…

GoldLink’s upcoming project is slated to drop in early spring.

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[Straight Talk Sunday] I Miss the MySpace Days

I tweeted a couple weeks ago that I miss the days of discovering music through MySpace. That’s how I got started on this whole thing. I got inspired after talking to a friend when I was home for Thanksgiving break and he told me about all these young hip hop artists from Seattle who he was really into (names like Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Dessa…but this was back in 2008, so even a name like Macklemore meant nothing to me yet). So to find their music, I had to go to their MySpace pages. And what was really fun was to find an artist I really liked, and then find out who they were into by searching through their top 8 friends on their MySpace page. It was kind of like a puzzle for me, and I’ve always been a big fan of puzzles. Sometimes the artists would put their top producers on their Top 8, sometimes they’d put their inspirations, and other times they’d put that artist from down the road who they were good friends with and wasn’t getting much recognition yet. I remember finding Ryan Lewis, specifically, and getting super excited. Here was this guy who was an incredible musician and producer, but also an extremely talented photographer and videographer. But nobody really knew about Ryan Lewis outside of Seattle yet. These days, everything’s so open – it’s almost as though there’s too much access. Everything’s right there in front of you on the table (or in your inbox, if you’re a blogger), it’s just a question of whether you have the time or attention span to go through it all. I miss the pursuit. There was a bit of a chase, and it was fun.

But what I can still hold on to is the joy I got out of listening to good hip hop. There’s something about finding a hip hop song that not many people have discovered yet and listening for raw talent that really gets me going. And to be completely honest, I haven’t been able to find much lately that’s been able to get me going. Day after day, everything seems a bit the same, life seems a little redundant. I’m stressed out at my job, I miss my family at home, and I look forward to vacation time more than anything else. I miss my friends and the simple lifestyle in North Carolina. It’s a scary feeling. But I reminded myself that I’m lucky to know of one thing that makes me really happy. It’s not that easy for some people to pinpoint. Music has been a constant for me for many years. So I let myself slow down and get back to doing what I love – finding music, and letting myself stop and listen. I took myself on a search for some new hip hop music (to be honest, I tried to recreate the MySpace chain search experience on SoundCloud to find people I hadn’t heard of yet, but it didn’t work very well) and included some songs below that I liked as I went along.

One thing I’ve learned in the past couple years is that you may not recognize as you’re doing something just how meaningful it will be in your life. Ordinary things may not stand out to you while you’re experiencing them. But once some time passes and you think back on those things, some moments may stand out that you didn’t expect. It’s like when you smell or see something that immediately reminds you of a time in your past. At the time, you may not have realized that you were creating a memory. But looking back, you wish you could go back to that moment in time. I had no idea that MySpace would be one of those things for me. It feels kind of weird saying that. But those days also remind me of being in college, of days of lesser stress about getting older and needing to know exactly what I want to do with my life, of having all of my closest friends within walking distance at all times. It’s not just about MySpace, it’s about the times that surrounded that experience. But while I sit here and wish I could go back to those days, I’m also trying to take a second to recognize the good things I may be overlooking in my present. I may be going through a hard time, but there are little things (right now it’s the smell of the wreath in my apartment, the cozy feeling of the twinkle lights I just put up in my windows, and the good music I’m listening to right now) that I may look back on and long for someday in the future. We’ll see, maybe I’ll be posting something a few years from now called Straight Talk Sunday: I Miss My Twinkle Lights.


OnCue – Staring at the Stars (prod. CJ Luzi):


BMB – Playah (ft. GoldLink)


Sunni Colón – Jezebel


Logic – Like Me (ft. Casey Veggies)


Vic Mensa – Suitcase (ft. Chance The Rapper)


NoName Gypsy – Samaritan (ft. Mick Jenkins)


Brothers From Another – Groov (ft. Asher Roth)

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