Praise be to rap dads. The latest artist to put their family first is DMV star GoldLink. On the outset of his son’s first birthday, and with a new album close to completion, GoldLink announced on Twitter that he would be taking time off from touring to be with his son and to complete the follow-up to his 2017 debut full-length, At What Cost.
The balance of parent and touring artist is damn near impossible to strike, of course. Plenty of rap parents have gone on the record to break down the anguish of leaving their kids to tour, leaving tour for their kids, or not touring at all. At the end of the day, there is no single best way to prioritize. We have to trust GoldLink knows exactly what he is doing.
As far as artists taking time off to be fathers, Link is in good company. At the end of 2017, 6LACK announced he would be postponing his tour to “be a dad” as well. As we know, following that time away and time spent on new music, 6LACK released a solid sophomore effort, East Atlanta Love Letter. We can only hope that GoldLink’s family time produces the same quality body of work.
Also, happy birthday to his son.
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