14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

DC rapper GoldLink continues the forward momentum that turned heads on his 2015 mixtape And After That, We Didn’t Talk. At What Cost unspools like a film, transitioning seamlessly from late night to early morning. “Crew” pictures GoldLink stunting hard with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy. He can body a club track (“Meditation”) and shock listeners with a surprise ending. The fatalism that marked “When I Die” is back on “Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt),” the realest song about self-medication since Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” At What Cost connects soul with noir, inward-facing narratives, chopped, off-kilter beats, and nocturnal moods.

EDITORS’ NOTES

DC rapper GoldLink continues the forward momentum that turned heads on his 2015 mixtape And After That, We Didn’t Talk. At What Cost unspools like a film, transitioning seamlessly from late night to early morning. “Crew” pictures GoldLink stunting hard with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy. He can body a club track (“Meditation”) and shock listeners with a surprise ending. The fatalism that marked “When I Die” is back on “Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt),” the realest song about self-medication since Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” At What Cost connects soul with noir, inward-facing narratives, chopped, off-kilter beats, and nocturnal moods.

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