MITMondays: GoldLink - Diaspora
In the middle of last week, GoldLink released a new project entitled Diaspora. This project is a complete switch up from his previous album At What Cost. You can tell that GoldLiink is connecting with his roots on this on this one. Diaspora is album that is a melting pot of different sounds and cultures. Diaspora is 40 minutes long with 14 tracks and has features from the likes of Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, DMV staple Lil Nei and more.
Leading up to the album, GoldLink released 3 tracks as singles. One of those tracks, Joke Ting, is the first song we hear on the project. This was a solid way to ease into the project. The beat is smooth and GoldLink is able to float on it effortlessly. Ari Pen-Smith adds smooth vocals to make the song even better. Another notable song early in the album is Days Like This which feautres Khalid. The hook on this track is simple yet great. My favorite line is, “I heard she got the rent but can’t pay the rent. That don’t make sense.” I love this song mostly for the beat. It’s easy to get lost in, the perfect track to cruise the city.
The next track however is easily my least favorite track on the project. Zulu Screams was apart of the trio of singles that were dropped prior to the album. There are several reasons why I, emphasizes on I, do not like this track. First and foremost the screams at the being of the track are unnecessary and do Nothing for me. When I first heard the screams, it took me back to challenge day on Black Panther. Second the beat is mediocre at best. Lastly, Goldlink does nothing to keep my attention past that.
On to better news, let’s get in to the track featuring King Push. Coke White is full of millionare drug dealer raps and I’m here for it. Dare I say Push got off into his artisanal bag. “We compare wrists by the watch complications. We compare rich by who’s more ostentatious.” I had to do my googles to catch that one and ostentatious means designed to impress or attract notice. BARS point blank period. Right after that we get the last of the trio of singles with U Say that features Tyler, The Creator. This one right here is my favorite track off the album. Everything about this track is perfect. From the beat to the flow. This track showcases the growth of Tyler as an artist. when he first came out I never would’ve thought that he would be on a track like this and now I can’t see anybody else on this. I hope this song gets the necessary push it deserves because this one is a certified hit.
Fast Forward a few tracks to Spanish Song. This one is a high energy track that is just fun. I can see this song being played throughout the summer at any function. Lastly, Rumble deserves to get some spotlight as well. The standout from this song is Lil Nei. I’ve never been big on his music but his verse on this track made me a fan. Goldlink knows who to call when picking features and it shows in the quality of his albums.
All in all this was a great follow up to At What Cost. It showcased GoldLink’s versatility and growth as an artist by being a complete shift from his previous work. Going into the album I was particularly nervous based off of Zulu Screams but I’m glad the album wasn’t centered around that sound. As far as Dylans goes, I want to give this one a 4.5 but I can’t do that with Zulu Screams on there so I’m going with a solid 4. As Always…