Goldlink Turns Brooklyn Steel Into All-Night Dance Party With Guest Joey Bada$$

Goldlink, 2016
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Goldlink performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 9, 2016 in Manchester, Tenn. 

You'd be forgiven if you walked past Brooklyn Steel on Friday night (Oct. 13) and thought a wild party of raucous 20-somethings transpired because, in fact, that's exactly what took place when Goldlink brought his current tour to the newly minted Brooklyn venue.

"Y'all tryna dance tonight, right?" Goldlink asked the crowd at one point in his set and with that one question, the DMV native turned the 1,800-capacity venue into an underground warehouse party.

Goldlink burst onto the stage -- blanketed by thick smoke clouds and blue lights -- to set the night off right with the <a href="/music/badbadnotgood">BADBADNOTGOOD</a> and Kaytranada-produced "Fall in Love." With his smooth, soulful voice, Goldlink showed off his vocal abilities and sang, "Baby girl, don't ask about me/ I'm just bad girl, I'm bad for everybody/ Babygirl, don't tell your friends," followed by his signature, tongue-tied flow.

Goldlink's sound could easily be described as a mélange of traditional, funk-tinged rhythms and melodic synths, which provided the perfect soundtrack for his 45-minute set. The rapper bounced off the energy of the fully invested crowd, who sang along to Link's 2015 "Dark Skinned Women" before assisting him in rapping "Some Girl" off his dazzling debut album, At What Cost. As a rhythm, groovy instrumental pervaded the space, Link danced around the stage and led the audience through a call-and-response interaction of the song. 

"How many OG Goldlink fans in the house tonight?" he questioned the crowd again before clarifying his statement to single out the "real" ones in the crowd. A sample of Missy Elliott's 1999 hit "She's a Bitch" played as Link turned back the clock and revisited 2015's "Spectrum," as the crowd drowned out the beat with screams and praises for the man of the hour.

While his stage presence alone was enough to keep the crowd engaged, Link had a special guest in store for his loyal fans: Brooklyn's own Joey Bada$$. "Can I bring out my brother for y'all for one second?" he told the crowd as the DJ dropped the beat for Bada$$'s All-Amerikkan Bada$$ standout cut "Devastated."

With arms raised and cell phone lights illuminating the venue, the fiery crowd belted out the infectious hook of the track in harmony with Joey. Serving as Joey's hypeman, Goldlink injected his own ad-libs into the track as the two galloped carelessly across the stage and ended the performance with some good old brotherly love.

"Peace and love, y'all. 'Nuf respect to this brother right here, man," Joey said of the D.C. rapper. Link returned the favor and dubbed the "Land of the Free" rapper a "legend."

As the audience remained lively and energetic throughout the night, it was hard to tell the rapper was inching closer to his set's end. He later took a moment to bask in the glory of his success. Just hours before his Brooklyn Steel debut, Goldlink earned a platinum plaque for his inescapable hit "Crew," which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ending the night on a triumphant and celebratory note, Goldlink launched into a spirited rendition of song. The crowd erupted with "Goldlink" chants, leading the rapper to give his fans a proper send-off with an encore performance of his biggest hit.

With a successful debut effort and a new platinum single under his belt, Goldlink has finally come into his own. 


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