Honesty is a wonderful thing. Sometimes, in the industry, artists feel like they have to fabricate who they are. They may over sexualize themselves or act like super thugs. They focus on what they should say instead of how they feel. Thank goodness we have a new artist like August Alsina, whom keeps it "100%" at all times.
"When you come into the game and you meet people you have a respect for them. When you clique up and it gets deeper then music you become friends. When we become friends I hold you to a certain standard. Then when I see something fake in you … you know." – August Alsina
August is not real because he has tattoes and wears "urban" clothing. He is real because he speaks the truth and doesn't bend it for no one. Some people may judge him, but August is just keeping it real and honest. Here are a couple reasons why August Alsina is real and going to be a force to be reckoned with.
August Alsina has locked down the #2 debut on the Billboard 200 only second to the Frozen soundtrack (which is pretty damn good.) His debut album Testimony, along with his four mixtapes and EP Downtown: Life Under The Gun, is just a little proof that despite his young age, he has been putting in the work. His music, which is a little harder then the R&B music that has been coming out, is a breath of fresh air for those that want something with some grit to it.
His hit single "I Love This Sh*t," featuring Trinidad James, blew up and is still helping him get the attention of the airwaves, television and internet. Now, you can catch August everywhere, but he has come along way from the mixtapes. His music continues to be dynamic, but true to who he is.
Trials & Tribulations
August Alsina is only 21-years-old, but he has gone through enough trials and tribulations for a seasoned veteran. These experiences speak to his maturity and ability to transfer them into his music. Growing up with both a father and step-father battling crack addiction, it seems to have helped him see the world for what it really was and still is. It also helped him to rely on himself and his abilities. Through it all, August kept his dream despite dealing with relocation after Hurricane Katrina and the death of his father and brother.
At the age 14, August was inspired by Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2. He did not have family members that were into music … only a dream and inspiration. He then started to upload videos to Youtube.com in 2007 and later started to make mixtapes. This drive that August possesses is a reason for his success today.
August Alsina is not only a singer and rapper, but also a poet, weaving together street tales in a way that resignates with individuals from all walks of life. He has been blessed with the gift of voice and a presence his fans love. He is a story teller that brings you into his world like a Notorious B.I.G., but has the fire of a Tupac and a smooth tone like a Marvin Gaye.
"Real recognize real" has always been the motto for many rappers in the game. In a time when people talk more about being real then actually being real, it's refreshing to see someone that speaks directly from the gut. August has never been shy to be frank and honest about issues that have been brought to his attention. People may say it is lack of training. However, you can also look at it as a real individual expressing himself. You have to respect when someone is honest about how they feel.
"I definitely got a good grasp on myself… I have a good understanding of who I am," August told Singersroom. "At the same time, every day you learn something new about yourself… I'm a man of many traits and emotions, one day I'm this way, one day I'm the next, one day I'm happy, the next day I might f**king curse you out… I was a regular human being, I'm a real n**ga."
Sometimes you just have to testify. In the case of August Alsina, his life has been filled with events that could have set him back. He could have gave up and done the same things people around him were doing. He made a conscious decision to follow his own path. August's living testimony is something that other artists and fans can follow when it comes to following your dreams and over coming obsticles.
"It's real people out here that live real lives… You gotta give people a piece of yourself because that last longer," August told us.