August Alsina Covers DOPE Magazine

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August Alsina is on the cover of the new issue of DOPE Magazine which you can check out above. Below, is the interview he did with the publication.

Arionne Alyssa: AA) The grind, working hard has really paid off. Have you had any time to enjoy the fruits of your labor?

(August Alsina: August) Nah, not really. But in a way, yes. You enjoy what you do, but I haven’t really had time to sit down and say, “Damn, I’m really making some noise finally.” Just as fast as it can happen, it can go just as fast and stop happening, so you gotta keep it movin’.

 

(AA) Your EP is dropping tomorrow. What was your mindset when you were creating it?

(August) I’m happy that you asked that because I don’t want people to get it twisted. It’s not my album. My album is finished, but this is just to get you prepared. It lets you walk through my hood with me, takes you on a journey through my sh!t through my eyes, what I live through. “Downtown: Life Under The Gun” – it takes you through downtown New Orleans, basically. I just wanted to kinda let you get a feel of where I come from.

 

(AA) And your song “Downtown” is so hot. It is dedicated to your older brother.

(August) Thank you. Yes, my brother. And my whole hood, Kenner City, New Orleans, Uptown, the world really. It’s for anybody that’s ever lost somebody. No matter where you’re from, it’s the same sh!t going on really. It’s for the people who live real life and survive real experiences. They can relate to the loss.

 

(AA) Your EP is dropping tomorrow. What was your mindset when you were creating it?

(August) I’m happy that you asked that because I don’t want people to get it twisted. It’s not my album. My album is finished, but this is just to get you prepared. It lets you walk through my hood with me, takes you on a journey through my sh!t through my eyes, what I live through. “Downtown: Life Under The Gun” – it takes you through downtown New Orleans, basically. I just wanted to kinda let you get a feel of where I come from.

 

(AA) And your song “Downtown” is so hot. It is dedicated to your older brother.

(August) Thank you. Yes, my brother. And my whole hood, Kenner City, New Orleans, Uptown, the world really. It’s for anybody that’s ever lost somebody. No matter where you’re from, it’s the same sh!t going on really. It’s for the people who live real life and survive real experiences. They can relate to the loss.

 

(AA) The last time we talked your single “ILTS” was just released. Since then, it has really been blowing up the airwaves across the nation. I’ve heard it on the radio in literally every city I’ve been in recently. Did you have any idea that it would get that kind of response?

(August) Well, I knew when I did it… (frames his response)… That’s why I chose it as the first song as my introduction to the world. I knew what it would do, but it’s just about timing. The song has been out for a while and people are still just now catching on to it. Everybody in the world can relate to it so I knew what it would do so it was more about giving it time and allowing people to catch on – not shoving it in their faces. I knew it would take off eventually and it’s still doing its thing. It’s still going.

 

(AA) After putting in work and reppin’ for New Orleans, what kind of response have you been getting from your hometown?

(August) What’s funny is that in New Orleans, I feel that we don’t support each other enough. In Atlanta, as soon as an A-Town artist comes out they support them and they’re on the radio. It took so long to get New Orleans behind me and that’s just like with any other N.O. artist. Now, they phukin’ with me. Now, they’re on it and I’m grateful for that.

 

(AA) You’ve recently dropped some records with other N.O. artists, namely Kidd Kidd and Curren$y. It’s like you’re all a part of a new New Orleans.

(August) It’s in our nature that once we connect, we click (snaps fingers). Artists from New Orleans really people from there in general, need to make more music together. We make good music when we come together.

 

(AA) We talked a little bit about your brother before and how you have three nieces who you look out for, his daughters. We got the opportunity to see their pretty faces in the Downtown video. How do you and your family honor his memory?

(August) It’s a struggle every day. Sometimes, when sh!t like that happens, you kinda try to run away from it. I think for a long time, I tried to push it off like it wasn’t real, but eventually I had to come to reality. I know that my way of coping with it is doing exactly what I’m doing right now. It’s another way of mourning. I thank God that I found another way to mourn and put it in my music because everybody doesn’t have that outlet so I do it and try to help others that are going through the same thing. I know my mama struggles with it every day. No mom is supposed to bury her son. It’s just not supposed to happen. But, you know what, you gotta live. Life goes on and as life goes on, I make sure that my brother lives through me.

 

(AA) Why do you think that God gave you the gift of singing?

(August) Not to sound cliché, but honestly, to save my life. Nobody in my family sings or is musically inclined at all. I never really got a chance to know my father like that. I remember when he used to pick me up, he’d hum a line or two so maybe he could sing, but I don’t really know. I think that God gave me the gift of singing to do exactly what I’m doing now. It’s for a purpose and I just pray every day, “Lord, let me do my purpose. Let me do what I’m here for.” I’ve been through so much sh!t and I’m only 20. I think that God sent me through that so that I can help the next person. It ain’t about me, it’s about people in the community. I think God gives his battles to his strongest people and I just happen to be one of them – strong enough to still be here and tell my story.

 

(AA) Before you said that you may not have necessarily seen yourself as a role model but fans actually do look at you that way and relate to you. What do you say to those fans who say: “Because of your story, you gave me hope”?

(August) It’s a blessing, man. That’s what I’m here for. That’s what it’s really all about – to show people that a n!gga that came from the bottom and been through so much sh!t… you show them that anything is possible. There are so many people out there that are just like me, so many similarities, so it’s a blessing to be able to help someone.

 

(AA) You’re one of the few singers with a rapper’s street cred. How does it feel to be respected in both the industry and the streets?

(August) You gotta respect me in the streets because I’m coming anyway. You don’t have a choice but to respect me. You give respect to get respect and I give muthafcukas their respect so I expect you to respect me back, and if not, we got a problem. But I ain’t even on that. I’m on a new page in my life and I’m focused on something. You gotta respect me though and what I’m trying to do for the people. Respect it or check it. That’s what it is.

New EP “Downtown: Life Under The Gun” Available Everywhere Now!

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