August Alsina Biography
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Born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, enter into the game, 20-year-old August Alsina...
With the love and hustle of the Crescent City running through his veins, August is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. His recently inked deal Def Jam Recordings looks to be a great step in the right direction, but music wasn’t always in his future.
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, August’s 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 wouldn’t be long before August learned that the addiction to money could be as deadly as the addiction to drugs. Just days before August’s 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 brother’s 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/MMG’s 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 doesn’t have to dictate your future, and that life’s hardships can be the motivation required for success. With Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter The Dream prepping August’s 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.
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i feel you | Reviewer: mercedes | 7/27/14
hay august first of all I feel u cause mi bro got shot in new Orleans cause that were he from he got shot right in my face in 2008 is when he got shot. tbr I didn't know what to do cause he was my life but it is watt it is tho. let me stop befor I cry but august I love u im ur biggest fan I love all ur song mi fav is kissin me on my tattoos and I love the tat on ur chest but anyway hope u see this im sorry that u lost ur bro testimony is the s**t tho bye luv u
coming thru | Reviewer: Taylor Lenea | 7/20/14
August . I dont know u or anything alotta people dont . I know this might seem to u as another fantryna get attention or yur probably thinking I heard dis befor , but anyways u r a true Inspiration to wveyone around u , your life is a testimony u went through some hard shit out'chea but u knw ebody got they flaws and shit but your sgory is heart touch in as all your songs I just wanna let u knw I reccomend u on what , and keep takin care of your beatifulnie es and I am a fan ...
Like I said I know u den heard this shit befor but lov u, R.I.P melvin labranch iii
august u the realest / shout downtown #NolA 504 we in this bitch
Your Music | Reviewer: amauri | 7/17/14
August you music is so inspiring I have his music on replay the whole entire day. Your music is so true and its like rapping music but its like your still singing. I usually dont listen to R&B that much because all you hear is crazy words and stuff no one likes listening to. But you music is just so diffrent but still amazing!
Nezi | Reviewer: Nezi | 7/17/14
My Gosh, i dont have words to what your music does to me, you have absolutely amazing vocals. Im sure your brother is proud and happy for your career. Love you so so so much and South Africa loves you hey
Keep on praying | Reviewer: Kaylee | 7/16/14
Your story was a very touching story because some of the things you wrote there also happend in my life...I almost killed myself but i told myself that i wont let the death of my mother get in my way. Am only 16 years old and already making something in my life...I really want to thank you for showing us teenagers and adults that we can do it no matter what. I've never seen you live but i've seen you on tv and u my biggest fan.......love you august alsina #mwaaaah# NEVER GIVE UP
proud of you keep up the great work,your are BLESSED AND YOUR BROTHER IS SMILING AND WATCHING OVER YOU | Reviewer: ms blessed | 7/14/14
AM 56YRS OLD AND NEVER LISTEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE'S MUSIC BUT I SEEN YOU ON BET AND HAD TO SEE THE VIDEO,AND MAN I CRIED LIKE A BABY.SO PROUD OF YOU TO GET OUT AND SHOULD AND TOLD THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT IT IS A BETTER WHY THEN THE STREET'S ,CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR MORE .LOVE YOU THANK'S FOR HELPING SOME YOUNG AND OLD PEOPLE OUT.THERE IS A BETTER LIFE IF YOU WANT IT .
Living your dreams | Reviewer: Annette Alston | 7/13/14
I salute you for being you and not letting what happen in your life get in the way of your dreams. Stay positive and you will be on the right path.God will be with u.
You are truly a inspiration | Reviewer: Arbreiana | 7/13/14
August you've been through it all and I lost my grand dad. I'm glad you didn't let your past determine your future. I'm mean this from the bottom of my heart I swear to gosh. I love you August and very honored to be one of your fans and being able to listen to your music. I hope you know you let everyone who was going through the struggle there is light at the end of the tunnel and I apriceiate that a lot. Just keep doing what you doing
Its Never too late for change | Reviewer: Caroline | 7/12/14
August Alsina I love your music I am a sixteen years old
I live in south africa life has never been too
Easy for me but its music and prayer that help
Me get the day by your story has tought me that
Its never to late to change and we all
Have to make positive choices under difficult cecomstances
Your story has become motivating so thank you and keep sing
proud of you | Reviewer: Ra'deidra flowers | 7/11/14
Hay august I can't say I know how you feel but 2008 my brother rockee was shoot and killed on our front porch it changed me I grew up a lot fmily changed too I love to sing and music helps me escape my troubles. your music and life story has also helped me see that it does not matter where you been or come from it only matters were your going I'm 15 now and I know that life goes on but you never forget or really heal
Ps -my favorite song by you is downtown and I was born in mississippi
I support u | Reviewer: veronda | 7/11/14
U r the only person n this generation to write rns like talking about ur struggles in life now of days all u hear is people talking about how much money they get how many cars what kind of cats they own n its nice to see u making a different.
Veronda your biggest fan
Experianced | Reviewer: Heaven | 7/9/14
Hey August if you are reading this right now I am only 11 years old and my mom and my step dad had been on crack and my step dad abused my mom so it has been kinda hard for me. now I live with my grandmother in Lexington ky, and im blessed and thankful. through all of this music has inspired me for who I am, and not who I was. if u would I would like you to help me improve my singing and get to know u August a little better
congratulations!!! | Reviewer: Betty Phillips | 7/7/14
I am so happy for you you have been threw so much at an early age and you are so strong i salute you and i love your music. I can say that i am a huge fan and thats never gonna change keep pushing because i love this s*** baby!!!
NEW ORLEANS | Reviewer: ARMANI | 7/3/14
I SALUTE YOU BABY I RESPECT YOU IM YOUR NUMER 1 FAN SHOUT OUT TO NEW ORLEANS BORN AND RAISED IN THEM STREETS LOWER NINTH WARD EAST BEAST. IM YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN BABY I LOVE YOU AND WISH THE BEST FOR YOU ! #WISH I SEE YOU ONE DAY
AUGUST ALSINA | Reviewer: angel | 7/2/14
I Look up to u i listen to your songs everyday u are my roll motto thank u august ,it was so so sweet.nd cute u took your nieces to the father daughter dance maybe u should be a father one day once again i saulte your family,friend,town.,nd even your brother even though he gone sorry for your lost R.I.P AUGUST BROTHER
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