It was only a matter of time before GoldLink would achieve national fame. Now, just two years after releasing his debut mixtape on SoundCloud, the 23-year-old D.C. MC has hit a career milestone, inking a deal with RCA Records.
“We feel like he’s laid down that groundwork of who he is and what he is and created that core audience; this is kind of the next natural step,” GoldLink’s manager Henny Yegezu told Billboard.
Independently, GoldLink was able to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. His 2014 debut The God Complex was the catalyst that propelled his career forward, grabbing the attention of industry heavyweights like producer and former Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin, who eventually became a mentor to GoldLink.
In 2015, GoldLink found himself on XXL‘s coveted Freshman Class list alongside names like Fetty Wap and Vince Staples, and released an album in the fall called And After That We Didn’t Talk. The tour that followed boasted a string of sold-out show dates, including a completely-packed homecoming show at 9:30 Club in March.
The newly-minted deal with RCA will be a partnership between the label and GoldLink’s Squaaash Club imprint. According to Billboard, GoldLink is set to drop one more mixtape before releasing his big label debut, but in the meantime you can catch him in the DMV next month when he co-headlines Trillectro at Merriweather Post Pavilion.