City Paper is not for tourists
GoldLink’s less-is-more approach to rap has brought him many returns in an impossibly short amount of time. In fewer than 18 months, the Virginia rapper has grown from a masked, virtually unknown entity to a fast-rising star with his face on the cover of XXL magazine. The vibrance and skill reflected in his 2014 debut, The God Complex, was so potent that it more than made up for the project’s brief duration (nine tracks over 26 minutes). GoldLink’s success rests on the radical freshness of “future bounce,” his signature concoction that hits listeners at breakneck speed and dares them to keeping up with his frenetic pace. His lyrics glide over hypnotic, chest-pounding production, the combination of which caught the attention of another innovator: legendary producer Rick Rubin. Wednesday’s show at the 9:30 Club should further justify his acclaim, but showgoers better bring their endurance—GoldLink’s energy doesn’t tarnish. Goldlink performs with Sango, Esta, Lakim, and Joe Kay at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.