D’Anthony Carlos (known by his stage name GoldLink) is an American rapper best known for his 2014 mixtape The God Complex. His single „Dance on Me“ peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time chart and he was named to the XXL Freshman Class in 2015.
GoldLink’s father was a parks and recreation worker and his mother a secretary at a law firm. After his father left the family, GoldLink moved to Bowie, Maryland with his mother and eventually settled in Virginia.
GoldLink began his career performing under his birth name D’Anthony Carlos. He began making music as a hobby after graduating high school, eventually recording tracks in a local studio in Washington D.C. named Indie Media Lab. He released his first tracks on Bandcamp under the name Gold Link James. It was in 2013 that he began performing as GoldLink, releasing several free tracks on SoundCloud.
GoldLink released his first mixtape The God Complex in 2014. It received a 7.9 rating from Pitchfork Media and named as one of the Best Albums of 2014 by Complex.
GoldLink began collaborating with producer Rick Rubin in 2015. His debut album release in November 2015 was After That, We Didn’t Talk, much of which was considered a follow-up to questions left unanswered from The God Complex. He was also named a member of the XXL Freshman Class in 2015.