GoldLink began his career performing under his birth name D'Anthony Carlos. He began making music as a hobby after graduating high school, eventually recording tracks in a local studio in Washington D.C. named Indie Media Lab. He released his first tracks on Bandcamp under the name Gold Link James. It was in 2013 that he began performing as GoldLink, releasing several free tracks on SoundCloud.
He is best known for his 2014 mixtape The God Complex. His single "Dance on Me" peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time chart and he was named to the XXL Freshman Class in 2015.
GoldLink released his first mixtape The God Complex in July 2014. Complex named it one of the best projects released during the first half of 2014, Spin placed it at number 19 on its The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014, Clash ranked it at number 7 on their Top 10 Mixtapes of 2014 and Pitchfork Media gave the mixtape a 7.9 rating.