20 of the Best Lyrics From GoldLink’s ‘At What Cost’ Project
Being a savior out of the DMV area, which has been one of the more underrepresented locals when it comes to mainstream rap, is no small feat, but GoldLink is looking to help break that glass ceiling with his debut project, At What Cost. The effort finds him putting the spotlight on his stomping grounds and sharing its essence. His first release since And After That, We Didn't Talk, At What Cost also gives a glimpse into GoldLink's inner thoughts and the experiences that have informed and shaped him.
With guest appearances from fellow D.C. natives Mya, Shy Glizzy and Wale, as well as contributions from Jazmine Sullivan, Kaytranada and Steve Lacy, At What Cost doesn't rely on name recognition, as GoldLink also gives shine to lesser-known talents like Brent Faiyaz, Radiant Children, Ciscero, Lil Dud and others. Drawing heavily from his hometown's signature go-go sound, GoldLink pays homage to the sub-genre on tracks like "Hands Oon Your Knees" and "Kokamoe Freestyle," as well as celebrating D.C. culture on "Roll Call" and "Crew," both of which rank among the finer offerings on At What Cost.
We've picked out 20 of the best lyrics from At What Cost that deserve special attention. Check out the rhymes that stand out here.
"Told my momma I'ma be somebody, but she told me to go to church everyday/I'm makin' things work everyday/I'm gettin' closer to food that's booster flow/I'm wakin' everybody up that's rooster flow/And you ain't I you just booty, moe/You ain't fly, you just Rufio" - Ciscero
"I was out Landover, me and all, then all and them/Lil; model tryna know way way back when/She ain't never give me play, so I played her friend/Then she wanna try to holla then I played to win/Then the home girl brother tried to fight me/I had to have the nigga kiss the bottom of my Nikes"
"I got a light-skinned bitch who look like Beige Loaf/And she fight and fuck me in the same clothes/But when I put that daddy, baby daddy, papa stroke/She curl her toes and close her eyes/I finish up, she adios" - GoldLink
"You smell like the summatime, finer than a glass of wine/You know that I speak in code, they don't have to ever know/Keep it on the hush, hush keep it on the DM/You slide down a poll, then I'm slidin' down you TM/They don't know no details, do you fine like detail/I'ma blow your back out and your boyfriend get no details" - GoldLink
"I be in that Rover with cannabis, California/And I be the prince of my city, bitch, where my Apollonia?/Been a poet that's been performin' for deaf ears/Raf Simmons my sweat suit, hear me loud clear/Back to back in a matte black, when I fuck and I call her back/When I'm stuck 'cause I think she left one of her glass slippers" - Wale
"I haven't seen you seen you since the summatime/But you, I used to think about you all the time/Back when I was still tryna make you mine/These days you don't even know me/These days you don't even phone me/It's a love crime, it's a love crime" - Radiant Children
"Coming from where we're from, ain't nothing easy/So no matter where I go, around the world/It's back to D.C/Whenever I can't, they don't understand/If you ain't for these streets/Said if you ain't for these streets, well/You probably wouldn't agree" - Mya
"You called m on my phone last night/And you told m send the homies home that night/And you said nobody was invited/And you rally didn't make yourself exciting/Then you said you're Lucy Lucy with a kissing face/Then I said, well I don't know no fucking Lucy, baby" - GoldLink
"She see money all around me, I look like I'm the man, yeah/But I was down and out like last week,tell me where have you been?/You came out of hiding, girl, don't act like I'm your man/You just a fan, you don't hold rank" - Brent Faiyaz
"Bet against a real ass nigga with a sick ass mouth and a slick ass flow/Catch-a-bullet-'round-me-nigga and a player/When I'm comin' for the kitty, I'm a fool, goddamn/Do it for my niggas in the ghost right there/Do it for my niggas in the ghost right now/Niggas got killed for the boy livin' dreams in the hills/And it wasn't for the boy right now" - GoldLink
"Bet you wanna fuck me now, uh/Bet you wanna love me down, uh/Girl, you can't tie me down like Ray J said/But know I'm down, uh/Freaky Deaky show me somethin', uh/Shake it like you owe me somethin', uh/Pushin' on the pussy like a button/Came four times, fifth time you gushin'" - GoldLink
"Hey, nice to meet, I’m Young Jefe, who you be?/Got my piece in Southeast, got her clappin' to this beat/She invite me to her crib, I walk in, she see my heat/She said, "But I live in the hills," bitch, that’s just the way I sleep/Stop that madness, I'm a savage, in traffic with MAC 11’s/Baddest bitch and she Spanish, I fly her to Calabasas" - Shy Glizzy
"I'm geekin', uh huh I'm on it, don't look at me like you want it, no/Tell 'em that we ain't stuntin', in fourth down we ain't puntin' it/King of District of Columbia, can't come here without a permit/This shit really a jungle, gorillas and anacondas" - Shy Glizzy
"Them choppers, they come supersizin', took a couple lives/I got a tear drop on my face but I will never cry/And she can't come around if she not down for the ride/Sippin' too much lean, my stomach up another size/Ain't into all the hype 'cause niggas steal too many lives/And I know he don't want beef 'cause he wanna stay alive" - Lil Dude
"Goddamn, young lean straight from the slums runnin' shit here/You don't know what I been through for us to start gunnin' round here/Main bitch always stressin', talkin' 'bout, "Why you never 'round here?"/If a nigga owe me money, put it in a bullet, aim it right there" - GoldLink
"Leggin' with the clip, we dump it off like V. Radmanović/Sorry homie, you know we not friends, it's all for politics/Politics, never get to see who really runnin' shit/Now you know who runnin' shit, you rappers on punishment/Poppa doc niggas they be lyin' on they brother dick/Everybody scared of Lil' Linky, man it's evident"
"He ain't rap this hard in a long time/U-Street, poppin' off, Vita do's and nines/Muslim homies always sayin' wallahi to the guys/All my life been addicted to the power, ain't gon' lie, yo/Ain't no fear, I'm never well and put a shell up in yo/Ain't no tellin' when we do it, we just shoot and get ya"
"Get it girl, hit her with the phrase, still stuck in my ways/Hit her both ways as her main nigga and a sidekick/Lil' rider, fuck me like a side chick/She down like a Northface with some visors/Bank credit card scammin' for deposits/And when I do, I do my thing, she never stop me" - GoldLink
"I'ma die but you remember the guy/From sellin' grams the size of Gamecube memory card/Yeah yeah, I got a problem with your ex and he know/That if he hit your phone again, I gotta shoot with the 4/'Fore I hit a nigga crazy, leavin' brains on the floor/That's the, 'Yeah, keep it movin'' like I'm hittin' a hoe" - GoldLink
"Hold my black nina in the sky shoot it high/Maybe hit an angel watch it fall down, fam/Free the whole posse, free the guys/All my life been addicted to the pussy that's my vice, yeah/Drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' all my problems/I don't need nobody, I just need my bottle that's for certain"