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Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC

Friday night’s GoldLink show at Fortune Sound Club featured a young, up and coming hip hop star thoroughly entertaining a packed house with melody, bravado and what seemed like limitless energy. Club infused production behind sharp edge street rhymes give GoldLink’s music a bittersweet flavour. Elements of house, soul, old school and even jazz are heard in his catalogue. The twenty three year old DMV native, born in Washington but raised by his mother in Maryland and Virginia, calls on a lot of anger and emotion left over from a turbulent upbringing as fuel for his jet engine flow. On this evening, He offered up hits from his latest record And After That We Didn’t Talk as well as cuts off the 2014 mixture The God Complex.

Goldlink walks with a bit of anonymity in the hip hop world. After getting initial recognition and buzz off the strength of his Soundcloud account, GoldLink got the chance to do a show in London and unbeknownst to him caught the attention of Andre 3000. He then was picked up on the radar of super producer Rick Rubin. Never supported by a major label, he remains somewhat underground and perhaps his style that he self proclaims “future bounce” is out in front of the mainstream. Either way, the guy is doing his thing all throughout spring and into summer when he will perform the festival circuit to tens of thousands of indie fans that will no doubt make his name household. It’s clear GoldLink is destined to step out from behind his shadow and into the spotlight of the rap game.

For the duration of his sixty minute set, GoldLink was operating at the highest of intensities and had the packed house bouncing in unison. Cuts like Ay Ay and Divine from The God Complex and Spectrum off his latest record are filled with old school house beats blended with dizzying delivery of lightning fast, slippery and staccato rhymes. These songs show off GoldLink’s skills as a singer and as an emcee. He possesses many of the tools that make up a great performer. His Fortune fans were spellbound in the wake of it all.

This show delivered a number of memorable moments and not all of them were based in memorable music. Definitely, GoldLink is worth seeing live for this very reason. His energy is off the charts, his interaction with fans is intimate and intense and there is no denying his talents on the mic. Listening to his records, I can hear similarities and comparable aspects where one could fit Goldlink into a subdivision of other rappers. After seeing and reviewing lots of live hip hop, I can safely say this man’s stage game puts him in a class of his own.

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+Gavin Reid
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