Label: RCA
Released: March 24

At What Cost was such a departure from the “future bounce” of And After That, We Didn’t Talk that you might have made the mistake of not getting all the way through it. But do yourself a favor: Revisit this album, if only to revel in Jazmine Sullivan’s subtle scatting on the KAYTRANADA-produced “Meditation,” or to bounce along to the damn-near disrespectful flows on “Crew.”

At What Cost is notable for being a time capsule of sorts, with Goldlink trying to capture growing up at the tail end of D.C.’s vibrant go-go scene and telling the story of the genre’s forced decline amid the area’s gentrification. You feel that, as Goldlink gets assists from native sons Shy Glizzy, Wale, and Mya (!). Politics aside, the album shows musical growth and versatility, and makes you wonder where Goldlink will go from here. —Dria Roland