ALSINA - R&B
With the love and hustle of the Crescent City running through his veins, August Alsina is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. His recently inked deal with Def Jam Recordings looks to be a great step in the right direction, but music wasnt always in his future. We caught up with the R&B cat to see what's on deck for him..
Born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, enter into the game, 20-year-old August Alsina...
August learned at an early age that drugs and money could make you, or break you. With both his father and stepfather battling crack addiction, Augusts mother moved their family to Houston, Texas in search of a fresh start. But Houston provided no happy ending. For years a young August endured a home life plagued by drugs and violence. At just 14, he got word from New Orleans that is father, August Sr., lost his battle with drugs and alcohol.
In an attempt to escape his reality, August took to Youtube, where he posted dozens of homemade performance videos. His clips covering Musiq Soulchild, Lyfe Jennings and others went viral, generating millions of views in just over a month. It seemed that he was finally taking his first steps toward a bright future in music, but just a year later, reality hit home when his best friend was shot and killed in the streets of Houston. As quickly as August appeared, he vanished form Youtube, back to the real world. With tensions mounting at home, 16-year-old August was kicked out. Alone, he returned to New Orleans and took to the streets, selling drugs as a means of survival.
With his older brother also in the streets hustling, it wouldnt be long before August learned that the addiction to money could be as deadly as the addiction to drugs. Just days before Augusts 18th birthday, his older brother was gunned down in New Orleans East, another unsolved murder in one of the nations most dangerous cities. I never expected them [the police] to find his killer, August explains. People die everyday in the streets of New Orleans. Unfortunately, death has become a way of life, but not for August. His brothers death became his motivation to not become a statistic, but to pursue his musical aspirations on an entirely new level.
Under the guidance of Noontime Unlimited (management and production company), August relocated to Atlanta in 2011 to begin carving his own musical path with his life experiences at the center of his artistry. He recently teamed up with Hoodrich/MMGs own DJ Scream for the release of his debut mixtape, The Product, which spawned the internet and radio buzzing anti-love single, Sucka which features fellow New Orleans crooner Lloyd.
Yet to reach 21 years old,
with already a lifetime of experiences behind him, August is living proof
that your past doesnt have to dictate your future, and that lifes
hardships can be the motivation required for success. With Grammy Award
winning singer/songwriter The Dream prepping Augusts debut project
for release through his Radio Killa/Def Jam imprint, the path to success
has been laid. Look for August to make 2013 his official coming out party.
You started out pretty early
in music.. is this right?
What was life like growing
up in New Orleans and how has it influenced your music?
What artists would you like
Is it true you wanted to
rap at one point? Will you ever pursue that lane?
How did you get involved
with Noontime Unlimited?
You going to be teaming
up with Lloyd again on any projects or songs (That "SUCKA" joint
was dope) - LISTEN
You have The Dream working
with you on your debut album -- How did you link up with him? What involvement
will he have with this project?
Do you have a name for this
album yet? How far along are you on this project?
Who's all gonna get down
What advice would you give
someone getting into music that only has the passion for music and just
their vocals, but nothing else.
Anybody you'd like to collab
with? (rnb or hiphop)
How about hip hop? Who do
you listen to? Who you feelin?