Album Review | GoldLink – And After That, We Didn’t Talk

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And After That, We Didn’t Talk is the debut album from GoldLink. It came out on November 6th in 2015. GoldLink gained a lot of buzz last year after being featured on the XXL Freshman list for 2015, which was GOD AWFUL by the way. The list included Fetty Wap, DeJ Loaf, Raury, Kidd Kidd (What the fuck?), OG Maco, Shy Glizzy, GoldLink, K. Camp, Vince Staples & Tink. That list is absolutely terrible. Well, they aren’t ALL bad musicians, but Goddamn. The only decent MCs on there that I know of are Vince Staples & Tink. I enjoy some of OG Maco’s music tho. I don’t really listen to Raury. I don’t think he’s a terrible musician, but his music just isn’t for me. Fetty Wap is absolutely terrible. I understood how Trap Queen blew up. My Way is one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard. I probably should’ve talked about that shit when I was discussing the Worst Hit Songs of 2015. Was the category Worst Hit Songs or Worst One-Hit Wonders? Fuck it, it doesn’t matter. DeJ Loaf… I don’t even know how the fuck she blew up. Try Me is an absolutely terrible song. Not as bad as My Way, but still awful. Why the fuck is Kidd Kidd on there? I understand that Fetty & DeJ Loaf are on there because they’re hot right now, but seriously who the fuck voted for fuckin’ Kidd Kidd? He’s so bad. Does G-Unit really have that many fans? In 2015? Really? Don’t get me wrong, I fuck with the G-Unit, but they aren’t that damn good. Kidd Kidd is an incredibly poor excuse for a replacement of The Game. Shy Glizzy is terrible too. The beat on Awesome or So Awesome or I’m Awesome or whatever the fuck it’s called was pretty hot; I’ll admit that… But… “I’m so awesome!” That song is fucking pathetic. It sounded like the dumb kid who had no friends, but always thought really highly of himself somehow got a lot of money and had an excuse to brag about something. K. Camp is decent I guess. I mean, I don’t like his music, but nothing about it is especially terrible. GoldLink was the only motherfucker on the list who I had never heard of. Most of the people I knew had no idea who he was, but the few that did said he was dope. I have a friend named Yung Hebroo. He’s tryin’ to be a rapper. He asked me what his rap name should be at like 2 AM one day. He’s mixed with black and Jewish, so I jokingly said “Yung Hebroo.” I didn’t expect him to actually use the name, but it stuck I guess. He hit me up one day, and was like… Fuck. I was about to write what he said, but I must’ve deleted the message. Basically, he told me that GoldLink was dope and that I should check out his music. So I’m gonna do that now. I also got a request to do a GoldLink Marathon. That ain’t gonna happen. He only has two projects tho. If I like this one I might go back and review his mixtape The God Complex. I’m stickin’ to this one for now tho. I was kinda hesitant to check him out because of the title of this album. “And After That, We Didn’t Talk” sounds like some corny ass soft ass bullshit that Drake would release. “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” They sound like similar titles. They have the same number of syllables. I don’t think the number of syllables that a title has is enough information to judge the album tho, so I’m gonna give it a shot.

Track 1: After You Left (Prod. McCallaman & Louie Lastic)

After You Left

I don’t know who Louie Lastic is, but I like that name. “Hi, I’m Louie Lastic.” Must be nice to be able to say some shit like that. I guess OG Nick Marsh isn’t that bad either. Okay, the song starts with a skit that’s about 40 seconds. It’s the sound of someone crashing a car late at night, and then all you hear is the radio. Then a girl calls and leaves a message. “Hi, I was wondering when you were coming home. I haven’t heard from you all day, so call me back, K? Love you.” The song’s actually starting now. This beat is pretty dope. It sounds like a less hollow & lifeless version of a Drake beat. I guess the person in the car crash was GoldLink’s cousin & his cousin’s baby mama. I don’t know about this line. “My cousin Geetchie and his baby mother got into an accident, and lost her baby, yet we talkin’ ’bout this nigga Bruce a lady / That ain’t shit, nigga.” It sounds like he’s upset that people are talking about Caitlyn Jenner instead of his cousin dying. Why would anyone be talking about his cousin tho? People get in accidents all the time. It’s not like every car accident is a national tragedy. There are also a lot of people who happen to be transexual. Nobody said that sex change operations are more important than car accidents. Bruce Jenner was famous tho. That’s why people were talking about it. That’s how fame works. Nobody cares when some random ass motherfucker named Collin becomes Colleen. Maybe he just didn’t put enough thought into that line. It’s unfortunate that that’s one of the first things he says on the album, but I’ll give it a pass. I guess. Unless there are a lot of other lines that just aren’t well thought out. He said some shit about police shootings, but I’m not exactly sure what he was trying to say. “See black kids gettin’ killed by cops / White man wanna shoot us down / Niggas started sellin’ rock, and who the fuck can stop us now? / My nigga, we ain’t shit, nigga.” What’s that last part supposed to mean? I don’t see how those lines connect. What was his point? What does sellin’ dope have to do with cops murdering innocent people? Is he trying to say that… What? I really don’t know what that shit means. Somebody help me out with that one ’cause I got nothing. It’s clear that he’s tryin’ to start this project off by referencing a lot of controversial shit that’s been in the news lately. It’s not really working so far, but at least he’s trying to say something. I guess. Now he’s talking about his own life. His flow’s alright I guess. Definitely not bad. I’d say slightly above average. Emphasis on the word “slightly” tho. His voice kinda sounds like a deeper Chance The Rapper. I’m definitely not in love with this melodic delivery he has right now. The production is easily the best facet of this song. The lyrics aren’t bad, but they don’t really stand out that much. It reminds me of some shit Drake would say. It’s not terrible tho. This song isn’t bad. I just don’t really fuck with it that much. It’s decent tho. 3/5

Track 2: Zipporah (Prod. Braeden Bailey)

Hahahaha. Was that whipping sound supposed to be his mama whippin’ his ass? HAHAHA. His mama’s mad at him because he’s not gettin’ up to go to church. Or maybe he didn’t get up in time to go to church. I don’t know. It can’t be that late if his alarm is just goin’ off now. Maybe he was snoozing. I don’t know. Okay, the song’s starting for real now. This beat is dope. That first verse was actually pretty good. He wasn’t spitting bars or nothing like that, but it was cool. He’s talkin’ about his life before he became famous. Some guy named Que’s fuckin’ GoldLink’s girl. Good. I’m glad that’s happening. Nah, I’m just playing. I’m still not in love with this sing songy delivery that he has, but it’s not horrible. I feel like this whole album is gonna be about relationships and shit. That’s not a good sign. Not for me at least. This kind of shit is just so off putting to me. I feel like he would fit into that crowd of Drake, Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR… Basically that OVO Sound group. And yes, I know that Bryson Tiller isn’t a rapper or signed to OVO, but you get what I’m tryin’ to say. I think. Maybe you don’t. Fuck it tho. Whenever people make songs about past relationships they always sound so fuckin’ whiny and bitter. That’s a personal problem that I have tho. I’m just not into this kinda shit. This isn’t that bad tho. He’s tellin’ this girl Zipporah that he should go find someone else to have a child with. “Tell him his mother loves him / Just like she used to love me.” That line was actually kinda dope to me. I don’t know man. I’m worried that this album just isn’t gonna be for me. The first verse started off pretty good when he was talking about black Americans, but now that I think about it, I don’t even know why he was talking about that shit in the first place because this song really has nothing to do with that stuff. It’s about this girl that he’s thirsty & bitter about. Maybe he was trying to connect being black with being a father too, because he mentioned this unborn son that he was gonna have with Zipporah. I don’t know. This really isn’t that bad of a song, but I don’t think I would ever come back to it. His singing voice just… It’s not that good. I don’t think it’s a terrible song. Just not for me. 3/5

Track 3: Dark Skin Women (Prod. Louie Lastic & Brasstracks)

This song is obviously dedicated to dark skinneded women. I like the production, but… I don’t know. I mean, I like dark skinneded women too, but I feel kinda weird listening to this. I’m definitely not feeling this hook. It’s not terrible, but… I don’t know. I feel like this song is definitely directed towards women. Not that men shouldn’t be able to enjoy it either, but… I just can’t do this one, man. “Girl you’re a star / C’mon and dance, baby.” I don’t really like dance records, and I definitely don’t like GoldLink’s singing on here. I mean, it’s not terrible, but it’s barely sufficient. I don’t know why he’s doing it so much. I could definitely handle it in small portions, but this voice he has just gets annoying when he sings so much. This is the best song in terms of production so far, but it’s the worst in terms of content. Why the hell does the hook last so long? I haven’t even gotten to the second verse yet. I’m definitely not feeling this shit. It isn’t terrible sonically, but this shit he’s talking about is just not good. This song isn’t even really about dark skinneded women. Lyrically, it’s just a generic dance record that could apply to all women. I don’t know why he threw that label on it without the content to back it up. “Wishin’ for the darkest skinned women be at the shows / Purple naked ladies while I watch her dance in the mirror.” Those are really the only two lines that have anything to do with black women, and they occur within the first 20 seconds of this three minute song. I can’t fuck with this shit. This is really not for me. I liked the production, and it’s good that GoldLink has energy on the beat, but other than that this shit was wack to me. I’m not feelin’ it. 2/5

Track 4: Spectrum (Prod. Louie Lastic)

Spectrum

Okay, I like this hook. It’s a Missy Elliot sample from a song called She’s A Bitch. It’s dope. It sounds really good over this beat, which is dope af by the way. It’s really energetic and bouncy. The first verse wasn’t bad. His flow was actually dope. Thank God. A song that I might actually like. God willing he doesn’t fuck the next verse up. Lyrically, this song is just about some chick that he meant. He’s just telling the story of how they met. Kinda wish it wasn’t in second person, but that’s a minor gripe. The breaks between the verses & hook are filled with some chick speaking Tagalog. Unfortunately, it just so happens that I never took Tagalog lessons, so I couldn’t tell you what she’s saying. The hook & production are easily the best parts of this song. Missy’s vocals are mixed really well. She sounds great over this beat. I kinda just wish it was a remix of She’s A Bitch with this beat. If I had the instrumental version of this song along with the acapella version of She’s A Bitch, I’d do it myself. Somebody send that shit to me. I’m not in love with the verses, but the hook & beat are enough to make this song dope for me. I fuck with this shit. 4/5

Track 5: Dance On Me (Prod. Milo Mills & Hasta)

Dance On Me

This beat is fuckin’ crazy. This vibrant production is really refreshing. I’m gettin’ pretty tired of all these dark & airy beats that people who’re influenced by Drake keep spittin’ over. Oh God… He’s just spittin’ about some bad ass bitch that he saw in the club, which is tolerable if not a little generic, but shit turned dark real fast. “You so fine I eat behind between those legs / In those jeans, take those off, now watch you spread / You so special and so pink, slightly hairy and don’t stink.” Too much. Too much detail. I did not need to hear about that shit. “Lord I thank you for this good food that I’m happy to receive.” Is this motherfucker serious? I can’t believe what I’m hearing right now… Thankfully the verse ended before he went on to describe his meal. The hook’s cool. This is honestly really generic in terms of lyrics, but sonically it’s pretty unique. I’m not feelin’ the shit he’s saying, but other than that it’s dope. I guess the song’s alright. It would be dope af, but the lyrics really hold it back for me. This music video’s kinda lame too. It’s just some guy dancing to impress this average-at-best looking mixed chick. The way she’s just standing there alone watching him felt kinda awkward too. Not really feelin’ the music video. The song’s alright tho. 3/5

Track 6: Late Night Feat. Masego (Prod. Medasin)

Definitely not feelin’ this Masego guy so far. His voice just doesn’t sound very good to me. He’s singin’ the hook. It’s not very good. It’s not horrible tho. I’m just not really feelin’ it. The beat’s dope af. The song is basically just GoldLink’s confession that he’s cheating on his girl. Well, I don’t even know if he’s actually cheating. He’s putting a strange amount of emphasis on being on the phone. Maybe he’s just having phone sex. Hahaha. That’s embarrassing. That’s seriously what it sounds like tho. “I admit it, I admit it / You’re not the only woman in my phone / I’ll be up late chattin’, interacting / With all bad ass bitches and these other people.” He also keeps saying “these other people” like he’s not only talking to women. “Especially up ’round 2, or 3, or 4.” Why is he being so specific about his phone sex? Hahahaha. Nah. Nah, I’m not feelin’ this bullshit man. The beat’s pretty much the only thing I like about this song. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 7: Unique Feat. Anderson .Paak (Prod. Louie Lastic)

Unique

GoldLink’s singing at the beginning right now. He honestly sounds pretty bad. He just doesn’t seem like he’s that talented of a singer. His voice is really nasally. The beat’s cool I guess. He’s just singing so much, and it really doesn’t sound very good. He’s singing like he thinks he’s above average. He really isn’t tho. Not feelin’ the hook. Anderson .Paak’s verse just ended. He went in like he always does. I don’t think it was good enough to save the song, but it was easily the highlight of the track. I’m still not feelin’ this. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 8: Palm Trees (Prod. Joppe & Galimatias)

Did y’all trick me into listening to a mediocre R&B album? ‘Cause this is definitely a mediocre R&B song. I like the production, but this guy’s voice just really isn’t working for me. This song is clearly aimed towards a female audience. I don’t usually mind songs where the artist is acknowledging the listener’s femininity, but did he really have to make the whole album like that? Goddamn. This isn’t even really that bad of a song. I’m just not really feelin’ it. The vocals aren’t doing much for me. This production style was cool at first, but I’m starting to get tired of it. It just sounds like he’s rapping over a Pop instrumental. Oh God… This second verse is fucking horrible. He got brave with his singin’ and tried to hit a note. It ain’t work. These lyrics are a fucking mess too. Look at this shit… “I ain’t tell you that you perfect, nothin’ could replace you / Lord, I thank you, you so fuckin’ clutch / Excuse my language, baby girl, you know what’s up / Fuckin’ makin’ love and fuckin’, then I fuck it up / Like I said I was gon’ do girl, can I bite ya butt? / Fell in love inside the pussy like a sucker punch / Fuck your nigga too, and fuck your job and fuck your crew / I can make a list of freaky shit I wanna do.” What the fuck is that shit? Is this motherfucker serious? “Fuckin’ makin’ love and fuckin’, then I fuck it up.” Really? “Like I said I was gon’ do girl, can I bite ya butt?” Are you fuckin’ shitting me? What the fuck is this shit? “Fuck your nigga too, and fuck your job and fuck your crew.” Why did he randomly start insulting this woman? I mean, it’s not a direct insult, but why did he say fuck her job? What’s wrong with her having a job, dick? And fuck her crew? The only one that I could maybe understand is fuck her “nigga” because that guy’s an asshole for being the kind of guy that she likes, right? No, fuck you. Shit like this always pisses me the fuck off. I’m done with this wack ass song man. I’m not feelin’ it. 2/5

Track 9: Polarized Feat. Demo-Taped (Prod. Demo-Taped & Louie Lastic)

Oh snap… This fuckin’ beat sounds really dope so far. Demo-Taped is singin’ on the hook and he… She? I can’t tell… I think it’s a guy. I don’t know for sure tho. Demo-Taped sounds good on the hook. Not great, but better than GoldLink, so there ya go. GoldLink sang the whole first verse. It didn’t sound good. These lyrics are about as cliché as it gets for a love song. “I have dreams about you / My heart it beats, it beats for you / Words just can’t, they can’t explain / The way you got me feeling types of ways.” I fuck with this hook from Demo-Taped. I’m not feelin’ good about GoldLink’s parts of the song tho. His verses just felt like filler. Nothing he said was really interesting or unique. I’m not really feelin’ this one aside from the hook & production. Demo-Taped did a pretty good job. It’s not a terrible song. It just doesn’t really stand out at all. 3/5

Track 10: New Black (Prod. Tom Misch & Jordan Rakei)

New Black

I just listened to this whole song. It’s not good. It’s not terrible, but nah. I’m not feelin’ this. I don’t know what the hell my mama’s cookin’ downstairs, but it smells fucking immaculate. In this song, GoldLink’s talkin’ about shit like police brutality & black on black crime. None of the shit he says is that deep tho. He doesn’t say anything that we didn’t already know or that we weren’t all thinking in the first place, other than the shit he said on the hook, which I don’t even agree with. “Bibbity bibbity bop bop [What the fuck man? You really couldn’t think of anything to say?] New Black, the scat, that beat box / Hip Hop will die, I promise that / If we keep talkin’ guns and gats in our raps.” That’s just so blatantly false that I don’t even know why I’m discussing this shit. Hip Hop probably wouldn’t even be alive today if it weren’t for people talking about shit like that. It definitely wouldn’t be as strong as it is today. Straight Outta Compton is one of the most important albums of all time, and there was plenty of talk about gang violence and guns. I don’t get how anyone could say that it’s killing Hip Hop. Gangsta Rap is one of the most prolific subgenres of Hip Hop. It may not be as popular today, but it’s definitely inspired a lot of today’s generation’s musicians, and that’s all genres, not just Hip Hop. I feel like this song is supposed to be sad, but it didn’t really make me feel anything other than hollow and empty inside. This shit made me wanna cry, but not for the right reasons. I’m not fuckin’ with this song at all. This shit is wack af to me. It’s not sonically pleasant in any way other than the beat, and even the production on this particular song isn’t that impressive. 1/5

Track 11: See I Miss (Prod. Merg)

What the fuck? The first line of this song is “Who knew that I would even miss that bitch.” That’s actually the hook. You would think that someone who claims to care so much about Hip Hop and black women would be mature enough to know not to call this woman a bitch. He clearly cares about her since he dedicated his whole fuckin’ album to her. On New Black he said, “My street wisdom higher than the sun so it’s God level.” That’s clearly not true because he isn’t wise enough to see how harmful the use of the word bitch is towards these black women that he’s so obsessed with. Alright. I’m only 25 seconds in and I’m already completely turned off by the lyrics. He keeps doing that half assed singing shit that Drake always does. If you’re gonna sing then fuckin’ sing. Don’t sing every other bar and rap the rest of them. That shit is just annoying. He’s been doing that shit on damn near every song, but I just didn’t know how to articulate my problem with it before. I’m done with this song, man. There were a few more lines that I could’ve shat on, but I’m done here. I’m not feelin’ this song. It’s not even that good sonically. It’s boring. This is wack to me. 2/5

Final Thoughts:

Nah. I wasn’t feelin’ this bullshit. I just don’t think this music is meant for me. I definitely think that a lot of people should check him out tho because it seems like the kind of shit that would appeal to a large audience. I understand why some people think he’s really entertaining. Well… No I don’t actually. I understand why some people might like Louie Lastic a lot because his production is actually really fuckin’ dope, but GoldLink himself just isn’t that good to me. His singing voice is barely above average. His flow is kinda cool, but the goddamn lyrics… I don’t think I usually hear this many dumb lines. It’s really obvious that he doesn’t put a lot of thought into the shit he’s saying. It seems to me like he was really struggling to find shit to say. It almost seems like he just can’t write. That may sound a little harsh at first, but seriously. Look at all the bad lines in these songs. Look at the cliché lyrics that could’ve come from any generic love song. Look at all the filler lines that don’t actually mean anything (“Bibbity bibbity bop bop“). I mean, that would definitely explain the albums short length. I think Louie Lastic made a lot of great beats. That’s the most I can say about this shit tho. The production was hot. I wasn’t feelin’ the lyrics at all, and GoldLink’s singing just isn’t that good. It’s not a horrible album; I can see this guy becoming really popular to a mainstream audience. He’s just not for me. This album’s wack to me.

Favorite Song: Spectrum

Least Favorite Song: New Black

Verdict:

49%

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