Words by: DJ
This past weekend Goldlink came to Portland to perform in front of a sold out Hawthorne Theater. The Washington D.C. native was in town for his “At What Cost” tour. He also brought fellow DMV vocalist and saxophonist, Masego, with him. Masego hit the stage to an already full house. He was hard to miss with his saxophone necklace and sun shades. The 23 year old was reminiscent of a “House Party” character. His shirt was tucked in but still had the muffin top, his hair was in a wild flat top, and his music accompanied his look.
On stage, Masego only had his DJ, saxophone, and his portable beat machine with him. The lanky jazz enthusiast played tracks from “The Pink Polo EP” and his most recent project “Loose Thoughts”. Masego had the crowd rocking with songs like “Girls That Dance” and “Wifeable (With Sax)”. The Virginia native never had a dull moment during his set. He was constantly dancing and making fun of some audience member’s ashy hands as they waved from left to right.
Masego had just recently gained more mainstream attention. He was featured in XXL a year ago before his release of his “Loose Thoughts” project. Since then he has been laying low, doing pop up shows here and there, and continuing to build off the momentum his past projects have garnered. Being one of the forefathers of what is now called “Traphouse Jazz”, Masego won’t stay quiet too long.
Goldlink hit the stage ready to tear the house down. He’s been seen in a decent number of fashion ads so it came as no surprise to see him in a nice black “Thriller” type of jacket, slim but torn pants, and a cultural kinte headwrap. The 23 year old is sure to represent his hometown no matter where he goes. His most recent album, “At What Cost” was indicative of that. The entire project sounds like the happenings during a summer in D.C. Goldlink started his set with “Dark Skin Women” a selection from his 2015 project “And After That, We Didn’t Talk”. The DMV artist is known for his Afro-Beat productions and effortless rhyme saying over said productions.
Goldlink played tracks off his new album. Tracks like “Summatime” and “Kokamoe Freestyle” kept the crowd hype. Goldlink took a brief hoodrat intermission to play childhood classics like Usher’s “U Don’t Have To Call” and Waka Flocka’s “Hard In Da Paint”. For a second, it really felt like the early 2000s. After the intermission, Goldlink played “We Will Never Die”. The song sounded so good live, I literally got chills when I heard it.
Before he left, Goldlink had to play his leading hit single from his album, “Crew”. He also let the crowd in on a little secret: He didn’t say it was for sure, but Goldlink said “Crew” might have finally went platinum. With the all the work he’s put in, Goldlink’s song going platinum is going to be just the tip of the iceberg.