GoldLink, one of the most innovative artists in hip-hop, has today shared brand new track ‘Raindrops’ (ft. Flo Milli). Previewed by first single ‘White Walls’, GoldLink’s third studio album ‘HARAM!’, is out this Friday (June 18th) via Squaash Club/RCA/Black Butter Records. The album is currently available for pre-save at multiple digital service providers.
HARAM!’ contains 15 tracks with features also including NLE Choppa, Santigold, Bibi Bourelly, Rich The Kid, emerging international act Fire! and PinkPantheresss
Where the intersections of the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) collide, GoldLink is a direct product. Washington, D.C., and the broader DMV area, have long been treated like a musical Rubik’s cube. There are bursting, Technicolor patches of musical brilliance, but the component parts never line up in a way that made sense to those on the outside. GoldLink is not interested in spelling out all the nuances of his hometown; what he does aim to do is synthesize his environment’s litany of influences and inspirations into something unique, singular, and all together his own.
With his debut studio album ‘At What Cost’ – helmed by the monstrous single ‘Crew’ – released in March 2017, he did just that. By merging the sensibilities of go-go with the African diaspora, GoldLink achieved what hip-hop has done from its inception: repurpose what’s available into something magical. The success of ‘At What Cost’ and now 4x Platinum single ‘Crew’ saw GoldLink achieve a number of career firsts — from his Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration to the iHeartMedia Music Awards nomination for Best New Hip-Hop Artist to his BET Awards nomination for Best New Artist. Adding to his accomplishments was a Grammy Nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration the following year with ‘Like I Do’ with Christina Aguilera.
‘HARAM!’ is the follow up to GoldLink’s critically acclaimed followup album, ‘Diaspora’. Released June 2019, the album was recognized by Pitchfork as “the best music of his career,” and Highsnobiety declared “GoldLink can conceive of and execute his ideas better than most anyone in hip-hop today.” ‘Diaspora’ made several Best Albums of The Year lists including Complex, UpRoxx, Hot New Hip Hop and more, while standout track “Zulu Screams” ft. Maleek Berry and Bibi Bourelly made The New York Times “54 Best Songs of 2019” list, calling it “a supremely catchy international collaboration.”
Check out the full tracklist for ‘HARAM!’ below, ahead of its release on June 18th and more from GoldLink coming soon.