Originally posted on STASHED: Virginia-bred emcee GoldLink, who has rapidly morphed into one of the most intriguing up-and-comers in the game, drops an enthralling new cut entitled “The Heart.”
I wrote about GoldLink last month when he unleashed the BMB-produced “Playah,” and the buzz surrounding the 20-year-old has only grown exponentially since. This new release, which is a take on Kendrick Lamar’s classic “The Heart Pt. 2″ off Overly Dedicated, comes a week after GoldLink was named one of Mr. Peter Parker‘s “Top 15 DMV Artists To Watch For in 2014.” Though the nod was a high compliment, the young spitter’s sights are set well beyond his region. If “The Heart” is any indication of GoldLink’s trajectory, fans can expect to see his name everywhere very soon.
“The Heart” is an explicitly vivid, emotional roller coaster of a record. GoldLink takes us on a journey back in time beginning with the opening bar, detailing the trials and tribulations of his youth with uninhibited passion and honesty. Tapping into his usual melodic delivery and frantic, yet controlled flow, GoldLink weaves an alluring web of rhymes with lines like: “brothers turn to haters and my sisters to bitches and my niggas turn to killers and my mind just go ballistic” that tug heavily at the heartstrings. He goes on to address his unwavering determination to be the “next up out the hood” and “the greatest rapper ever from the city,” simultaneously fulfilling his own dreams and proving that he never needed the presence of his absent father to find success.
Taking on a Kendrick track is a tall task, but with “The Heart,” GoldLink may have even one-upped the living legend. Stream and download after the jump, and stay tuned for more. GoldLink’s debut mixtape, God Complex, is expected to arrive in the coming months.