It was not until the 1970s that rappers began gaining popularity in the music industry. Truth is, the music world would have been totally different from what it is today had it not been for elite rappers like Kanye West, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Slick Rick, to mention but a few. Rapping, in recent time, has become an integral part of hip-hop and Goldlink stands out as one of the industry’s remarkable rappers pushing the boundaries of how rap is distributed, what it is, and who it is for.
His Age and Background Information
D’Anthony Carlos, professionally known by his stage name Goldlink, was born on May 17, 1993, in Washington, D.C, in the United States of America. The rapper is an American by reason of his birth in the US and belongs to African-American ancestry. He was brought up by his parents in and out of motels after their house was razed down by fire when he was just two years old. He has an older who is almost a decade older than him. However, information about Goldlink’s brother is not available at the moment, as he stays very far from the limelight.
All You Need to Know About Goldlink – The American Rapper
1. His Parents
The rapper was born to a mom who worked as a secretary at a law firm and a dad who was a worker at parks and recreation center. His parents divorced when GoldLink was still a kid, which resulted in him moving to Maryland with his mother. Goldlink eventually settled in Virginia with his mom, as his brother had earlier moved out of the house.
For eight years, the rapper had a sour relationship with his father and didn’t speak to him. Even at that, his relationship with his mother wasn’t cool as well because she was a devout churchgoer and was always go to work, leaving him to his own devices. Goldlink only began making amends with his father at the age of 18 when he graduated from high school.
After completing his elementary education, Goldlink proceeded to Hayfield Secondary School, in Alexandria, Virginia, to further his education. He graduated with his mates after studies and decided to focus on rapping instead of pursuing a college education.
Goldlink is best described as a late bloomer, as he broke out into the music industry in the year 2013. He started making an attempt at rap at the age of 18 and following a career breakthrough, he would grow to become a force to reckon with in the industry. Since his 2014 debut mixtape, The God Complex, dropped, Goldlink has amassed a wildfire following, making him one of the hottest artists around. The relatively famous rapper is well-loved for his music which runs deep and for achieving a lot within a short time.
A look at his career timeline shows 2015 was really a big year for the rapper. It was in the same year, precisely in June that he was selected as part of the XXL Freshman Class, after which he successfully released his second mixtape titled And After That, We Didn’t Talk in October of the same year. GoldLink’s debut studio album titled At What Cost made its way to the music world on March 24, 2017. Not only that the album earned him positive reviews, its lead single Crew won him his first Grammy nomination in 2018 and also made it as the 45th song on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Goldlink has worked with notable artists on several projects including Christina Aguilera, who featured him in her song Like I Do. The hit made the nomination list for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
4. Musical influences
D’Anthony Carlos got his musical skills honed by listening to a lot of artists, especially songs by elite rappers like Lamont Coleman (popularly known as Big L), Lawrence Parker (also known as KRS-One), Germaine Williams (professionally known as Canibus) and Ricardo Emmanuel Brown (best known by his stage name Kurupt), whom he considers as his icons to date.
5. Distinctive Features
The Washington DC-born rapper is not only recognized by most people for being a hot item, but he is also popular for looks which slightly reminds his people about deceased music legend Tupac Shakur. Goldlink sports a nose ring, and often wears colorful scarves around his head. Like 2pac, he keeps the knot of his scarves forward. He prefers wearing a gold bracelet, two gold rings, a gold Mary and Jesus medallion or a gold necklace with a peso around his neck.
6. Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
D’Anthony Carlos stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 74 kilograms. He has a set of dark brown eyes while the color of his hair is black as well. His other body measurements are detailed to be – Chest size: 40 inches, Biceps /Arms size: 13 inches, Waist Size: 31 inches.
7. Relationship Status
The rapper could possibly be single as there are no reports about him dating any girl at the moment but he once had a girlfriend whose father studied philosophy. Also, some unverified sources reported that one of his ex-girlfriends was Filipina but Goldlink is yet to address the report.
8. Net Worth
Being a late bloomer, Goldlink hasn’t made much money from his young career but he stands a chance of making it big in the music industry if he keeps growing his career. As of 2018, his net worth is estimated at $250,000.