August Alsina has been going through a lot of things in his life. From dealing with life growing up in New Orleans with a father/step-father who was addicted to drugs, being homeless, the death of his brother, depression, having Keratoconus, to dealing with liver disease. Regardless of his circumstances, he’s always come out better than he was before by using his ordeals to propel him forward in his career. By talking about his issues in his music he quickly became one of my favorite artists out there.
When he first came on the music scene his realness drew me to his music and sucked me into his lyrics. You can’t really tie him down with R&B or Hip-Hop genre, and that I appreciate him for. By setting himself aside from the other singers who talk mostly about sex instead of some of the real things people are dealing with he’s gained a lot of dedicated fans as well as haters.
Some dislike him for his realness and being overly depressed at times in his lyrics. Others feel that he is real arrogant due to the fact that he speaks his mind. No matter how you feel about him his product is sound and true. The sad thing about his album sales is that they dipped because of the subject matter wasn’t popular with the people. With his album, This Thing Called Life, he spoke more on coming up from the struggles and how it has affected his life and how the fame and the pressure that came with it caused him to become even more depressed.
With his new album Drugs, he sheds more light more on building a new normal after being addicted to the chaos, drama, and confusion he’s been dealing with since a young age.
“I realized how addicted to certain ways of living life I was, addicted to chaos, drama, confusion,” he said. “Lately, for me, it’s been about breaking the cycle and creating a new normal. That new normal is love. I have a newfound addiction. Through love and beautiful women, I’ve been able to find myself, reach higher places within myself.”
Even though his sickness has derailed him a bit from promoting this new album I believe this album will probably be as successful, if not more successful than his debut album Testimony. So far he has dropped three amazing singles in ‘Drugs‘, ‘Lonely‘, and ‘Wait‘ and now he’s released the fourth single ‘Don’t Matter’.
Just like he said in his previous album This Thing Called Life, this life isn’t fair. It’s amazing to me to see him fight through all of this to still push out quality work and live his dream.