Crew

Album: At What Cost (2017)
Charted: 45

Songfacts®:

  • D'Anthony Carlos is a rapper hailing from Washington D.C., better known by his stage name of GoldLink. This is the lead single from his debut studio album, At What Cost.
  • That's D.C artist Brent Faiyaz on the hook. GoldLink explained how the collaboration came about to Genius:

    "It was the most natural song I ever did, because I met Brent, and I was with Brent in LA when we did it together. That was the first time I actually met Brent. We were just vibing, and it kind of worked the way it was. He freestyled his, and I freestyled mine. But I guess the only thing I had in my head, 'Where I'm from.'

    The subject matter came from thinking about all the people that helped me get to where I was. To get to the position I was to even be able to get to LA and be in the studio at Pulse, to be with Brent."
  • Another D.C artist Young Jefe (at the time he was known as Shy Glizzy) raps the second verse. GoldLink explained that Jefe was a last minute addition:

    "It was done and we just felt like he would be good for it. He sent it back immediately and he loved it. It was one of the best verses I heard him do in a minute."
  • Teddy Walton's beat is more minimal than the go-go instrumentals that Goldlink usually spits over. Billboard magazine asked the rapper what inspired the shift. He replied:

    "I create vibe-y dance music. It's the bounce in go-go that inspires me. [But] something compelled me to this beat - it's sinister. My A&R [rep] and my manager pressed for it. They were like, "There is something about this song. You need it." It was a beat that kept lingering, and we just tried it out."
  • The music video is set at a big party in Goldlink's hometown of Cheverly, Maryland. He recalled:

    "The night before, me and the homies were out until 4 a.m. We woke up and went to my old hood. It was natural and friendly. We had fun - just a bunch of homies doing what we normally do, but with a camera."
  • Teddy Walton originally made an uptempo beat to inspire a feel-good song. "I was trying to put everybody in the mood and just like, you know, Friday night, you with a couple of shorties, you and your homies. You just turning up," he told Genius.

    From there, Walton slowed the beat down to give it a more ambient vibe. He incorporated various random sounds that the producer had recorded in his free time.

    "I like to use different things, like a stapler or a girl moaning or a cup or something like that, just to separate that drop. I got a crazy girl moaning in this beat. I'll just be walking and I'll just hear something, as far as nature, and I'll just record it on my phone and I'll end up putting it in my beats. I just followed my first instinct," he explained. "You'll never know that that's in the beat. That's my technique. I really like to have people feel my beats. Instead of just listening to it. I like to sneak things in that's like, 'Yo. Is that an ocean? Is that rain? Or is that…' Anything. Anything that's nature, I like to just sneak inside my beats."

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