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Since debuting with the critically acclaimed mixtape The God Complex, DMV rapper GoldLink has gone from strength-to-strength, carving out a lane for himself in which his style of music can thrive. Charging himself with the task of creating music that people can dance to, GoldLink's debut album And After That, We Didn't Talk is the result of rising to his own challenge.

Some will be mistaken in thinking that it's a pop dance album, but it's much more than that. If you're not familiar, go-go is a style of funk that originated from Washington D.C. in the '60s - therefore it's no surprise GoldLink finds himself bringing the past, present and future together. Sure, the go-go influence can be heard in GoldLink's music but instead of directly lifting the sound, the rapper finds a way to marry it with hip-hop.

The lyrics and content aren't much different to what you may find on numerous hip-hop records, however, GoldLink has turned his story into a cause for celebration for others. Hip-Hop has long been a tool to lift one's self out of a dire situation and like The Sugarhill Gang and countless others before him, GoldLink has successfully done that.

And After That, We Didn't Talk is eclectic and gives every type of hip-hop fan exactly what they want and need. You don't have to be into a particular style of rap to feel the vibe on the DC rapper's album. On songs such as 'Dark Skinned Women', Goldlink gracefully flits between harmonising and rapping - proving that versatility of his music isn't exclusive to the sounds but the vocals too. 'Dark Skinned Women' sees the long, romantic history between hip-hop and funk continued.

On 'New Black', GoldLink lays it bare and harmoniously reflects on what it means to be black in 2015. 'Late Night', featuring Masego, and 'See I Miss' are reminiscent of early 2000s slow jams, injected with future bounce, a term GoldLink has coined. Clocking in at just over thirty minutes, And After That, We Didn't Talk is a short affair. However, it's one of those flings you end up talking about for days on end.

I don't quite know whether to get up and start two-stepping or just sit down and bop my head, but either way, GoldLink's debut album has something for every mood. Usually it takes an artist two or three albums before they reach maturity, however, with And After That, We Didn't Talk, GoldLink is well ahead of schedule.

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