Who is August Alsina?Two weeks ago, if you had asked me about August, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you anything. All I knew was that he was a tatted up R&B Singer, who had a #1 record ‘I Luv This’ which featured Trinidad James on the original version and Chris Brown and Trey Songz on the remix. I also knew that he had at some point formed a brotherhood with Trey Songz, but that friendship had dissolved over time.Have I made personal judgments about August at some point? Possibly…Last Wednesday, before a media dinner to celebrate August’s new album Testimony, I dropped by the W Hotel in Hollywood to meet and get to know the 21-year-old New Orleans native. What I thought would be a brief 10 minute sit-down, turned into a lengthy intimate conversation about his road to success, love, dating, and his personal struggles.After he emerged from his bathroom, and requested a glass of red wine, he sat down and revealed ‘I normally wear shades in interviews, but I said we are going to have a real conversation today.‘ Throughout the next 45-minutes, he opened up about his relationship with his mother, why he decided to become a father figure to his nieces and how he ended up homeless before he eventually got discovered. He also fought back tears as he revealed that he lost his brother three years ago, and that made him realize the street life was not for him, and he turned to music instead.His new album, Testimony, will be released on his brother’s birthday, April 15.
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