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With a diverse and exciting lineup, the debut Tropicália Music & Taco Festival is quickly approaching next week. The festival will take place on November 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, CA, allowing fans to indulge in a wide selection of all-you-can-eat tacos while enjoying performances from the likes of Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, and Jhené Aiko.
To help you sort through the roster of talent, we’ve compiled a list of five artists you don’t want to miss. In no particular order, let’s begin:
Smino has been racking up his accolades all year. From his critically-acclaimed blkswn debut to touring with SZA and T-Pain, the St. Louis star continues to refine his back-to-back multi-entendres and punchy delivery. His high-octane energy always makes for an unforgettable preformance.
2. Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez radiates with soul and passion on each track. Her seriously divine vocal work leaves her emotions raw and uncut. The Toronto-based artist highlights her versatility from dainty acoustic ballads like “Figures” to aptly confident bangers like “Blue Ribbon” with Tim Suby, sure to please new fans and familiar faces alike
GoldLink has come a long way since The God Complex. Recently crowned platinum for At What Cost single “Crew” with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, the DMV representative uses his finger roll flow and taste for bouncy beats to craft vivid stories for all. With another North America headlining tour in the books and a Europe tour on the way, be sure to wile out with GoldLink.
4. Cosmo Pyke
Tropicalia Fest will mark a rare performance from London gem Cosmo Pyke. Cuts like “Great Dane” and “Chronic Sunshine” use a colorful palette to paint a warm atmosphere. His soothing voice glides over buttery guitar licks that reels in listeners with ease.
5. Jorja Smith
I first came across Jorja Smith when she unveiled Project 11 back in 2016. After featuring on Drake‘s More Life project earlier this year and “Tyrant” by Kali Uchis, Jorja continues to climb the charts. Her latest offering with Preditah titled “On My Mind” combines her flawless croons with whipping production to create a late night experience.
Check out the full lineup for Tropicália below and learn more here.
Building upon the success of tracks like “Adore” and “Favorite” with Brasstracks, VanJess unveils their new single titled “Through Enough.” The sister duo enlists DMV veteran GoldLink for a sweet joyride, backed by saucy production from Lophiile. VanJess’ silky croons glide over the undulating rhythms, topped off with GoldLink’s confident verse to round out the track.
While VanJess adds the finishing touches to their forthcoming Homegrown EP, stream “Through Enough” below.
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The DMV’s own GoldLink continues to takeover the scene with his unhampered flow, clever lyrics, and endless energy. Ahead of his forthcoming headlining tour with Masego and EARTHGANG, GoldLink teams up with Vevo for “We Are The Flowers In Your Dustbin.” The video follows GoldLink around his hometown as he discusses his inspirations, his progress so far, and the growing gentrification that’s sweeping the nation.
Check out “We Are The Flowers In Your Dustbin” and GoldLink’s upcoming tour dates below.
It’s been just shy of a year since we heard “Aquafina,” the Falcons-produced, GoldLink– and Chaz French-featuring mega collab that came in as the lead joyride from Falcons’ Terra EP. To the pleasant surprise of many anxious fans, Falcons has reunited with the DMV emcee for a new track titled “Boo You Know.” The duo explores the rollercoaster of long distance relationships in the age of the Internet, pairing GoldLink’s bouncy flow with Falcons’ bundle of ethereal synths to showcase their sonic chemistry in another catchy tune.
Stream “Boo You Know” below.
With undeniable hip-hop forces like BreezePark, Jay IDK, and GoldLink leading the pack, the DMV continues to conquer with its wide range of talent. It’s been well over a year since GoldLink dropped off And After That, We Didn’t Talk, returning over the past few months with tracks like “Crew” and “Meditation.” The handful of singles eventually segued to his official debut album, At What Cost, which hit speakers over the weekend.
Spanning a total of 14 tracks, GoldLink recruits many familiar faces from around the DMV and beyond. From the groovy “Roll Call” with Mýa to the hard-hitting, swindail-produced “Kokamoe Freestyle,” GoldLink flexes his versatility over a spectrum of soundscapes. Frequent collaborators Louie Lastic, Ciscero, and Kaytranada also help bring the album to life. His smooth, yet powerful flow commands each track with ease, sure to please old and new fans alike.
Stream At What Cost below.
Alongside supporting Little Dragon, Kaytranada, and Denzel Curry, GoldLink will be hitting the road for a few headlining shows in the coming weeks. Peep the dates below and grab tickets here.
Following its release a few months ago, the GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, and Shy Glizzy track just received a proper visual treatment. “Crew” features the three taking turns on the mic as they dodge groupies and wave riders to make room for the real ones. The team wastes no time in celebrating their accolades together, alongside cameos from the likes of Ciscero and the rest of the DMV squad.
Peep the video for “Crew” below. Also be sure to check out the debut EP from Sonder.
Mick Jenkins always comes through with food for thought on each track, using his smooth, yet powerful voice to carry his multilayered metaphors and intricate wordplay. This past fall, the Chicago artist built upon his hot streak with The Healing Component, yet another step forward in his overall artistry and sound.
Although Mick has remained fairly quiet in terms of releases, aside from the Kaytranada-produced “Aurora Borealis,” anxious fans can expect two new projects in later this year. Alongside the announcement of his headlining Spread Love Tour, Mick dropped off a loosie from the archives titled “Pressed For Time (Cross My Mind),” featuring a guest appearance from GoldLink and production from monte booker and THEMpeople. This throwback is more than enough to hold us down while we await more from Mick.
Stream the track below and grab tickets the first set of tour dates.
With “Fall in Love” and “Untitled” remaining in heavy rotation, GoldLink returns with a new track titled “Crew.” The squad-centric tune taps singer-songwriter Brent Faiyaz for a silky hook and Shy Glizzy for a confident verse. Wrapped up with GoldLink’s buttery flow and soulful production from Teddy Walton, this cut is sure to have you nodding along.
Stream “Crew” below.
Earlier this year, GoldLink and Ciscero teamed up for a stacked collab titled “Fall In Love.” The Kaytranada– and BADBADNOTGOOD-produced cut recently received a visual treatment. Alongside social icons Lean Squad and the Hyphy Hoochies, the video follows GoldLink and Ciscero around a ’70s-inspired dance party. The proper throwback is filled with energy, sure to have you wanting to join in on the fun.
Check out the video below and revisit GoldLink’s recent collab with Isaiah Rashad, “Untitled.”
As two of the leading talents of the new wave of hip-hop, Isaiah Rashad and GoldLink have finally joined forces. The TDE rapper and leader of future bounce recently shared the stage at the Day N’ Night festival this past August, where GoldLink brought out Rashad to perform the lead single from The Sun’s Tirade, “Free Lunch.” Their collab “Untitled” is up close and personal, with each of their warm verses oozing over rippling production from The Antydote, tied together by a delicate hook from Preston Harris.
Stream “Untitled” below and grab your free download.