What would happen if DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince turned the edge up a few notches on their “Summertime”
Why you should care:
Two of D.C. rap’s brightest stars—the promising Goldlink and the stalwart Wale—link up on this West Coast-tinged beat on At What Cost, Goldlink’s debut album. On an album with a few great cuts, “Summatime” is a clear standout.
Goldlink and Wale each namedrop California three times (bump Wale’s count to five if you count Calabasas and 310 mentions), but the collaboration still feels true to Goldlink’s style. Think of “Summatime” as a palate cleanser for the bounce sound Goldlink is known for, and his trademark staccato flow pops a little extra as a result.
Don’t let the overt West Coast homage and the Mr. Steal Your Girl impression fool you, though: this isn’t a summer cut you’ll be playing by the pool. The bravado of the verses is undercut by the wistfulness of the chorus, which is the same tense swagger that gives life to the entire album. If nothing else, it’s a treat to hear Goldlink completely in the pocket in unfamiliar surroundings.