A month ago, the Chicago Blackhawks took home the Stanley Cup, their third in six years, making it seven times the Western Conference has claimed hockey's top prize in the last nine seasons. This off-season, however, teams on the Eastern seaboard have been stockpiling weapons to make a run next spring. Chief among them might be the Washington Capitals, who signed Justin Williams, the forward known for his supernatural playoff performances with the Los Angeles Kings (he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2013-14). GoldLink, who wore a Capitals jersey to his freestyle shoot when he was named one of XXL's 2015 Freshmen, has been similarly plotting. Last night (July 22), the DMV rapper announced at a show that he has a new mixtape, And After That We Didn't Talk, slated for release through Soulection.

And After That We Didn't Talk will mark the rapper's first release since The God Complex, which vaulted him to fame last April. At first reclusive, GoldLink has opened up in recent months about his background around the nation's capital, his thoughts on how the Internet continues to affect culture and his willingness to tackle production that might seem foreign to other rappers. In addition to the fan base he has built through his carefully timed bootleg releases and his energetic live shows, he's caught the attention of such industry heavyweights as Rick Rubin, who has taken time to record with the young MC. No word yet on a release date, but stay tuned to XXL.

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