Coming off of a break out 2013, New Orleans native August Alsina preps his debut album ‘Testimony’ for an April 15th release, offering the album’s first single, a collaboration with fellow Def Jam artist Jeezy on “Make It Home”. The single, co-written by The Exclusives and produced by The Featherstones, paints a vivid and personal picture of struggle, hustle, and survival.
“As an artist,” August reflects, “I struggle with how much of myself to give to the people. How much I want my personal business to be judged. I think the EP struck good a balance of who I am and what I’ve been through, but that was just the beginning. Nothing is held back on ‘Testimony’. When people hear my story, and see that I came from nothing, they’ll see that it’s possible for them too.”
The release date of ‘Testimony’ carries major personal significance for August; April 15th is the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who inspired August to pursue music. Tragically, Melvin was gunned down on the New Orleans streets in 2010, just days before August’s 18th birthday. The murder remains unsolved. August speaks emotionally about the slaying on his debut Def Jam EP ‘Downtown: Life Under The Gun’, and continues to share his story on ‘Testimony’, which is dedicated to Melvin’s memory.
August Alsina and Island Def Jam have teamed up with Cap That to launch CapAugustAlsina.com a new platform where fans can transform August’s artwork and still images from his videos into official merchandise. CapAugustAlsina.com features the Fan Showroom, a mosaic-style discovery portal populated with products created by fans. Anyone can browse through fan created products, each one available for purchase, sharing or further customization.
Alsina will join 2 Chainz and Pusha T on the forthcoming “2 Good To Be T.R.U.” national tour. The tour kicks off February 4th in Boston and concludes March 24th in Washington, DC.
2 Good 2 Be T.R.U. Tour Dates –with 2 Chainz and Pusha T
2/04 — Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
2/05 — New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
2/07 — Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
2/08 — Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
2/10 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
2/12 — Boise, ID @ Revolution Center
2/13 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
2/18 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/20 — Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
2/21 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
2/22 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/28 — Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
3/01 — Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Theatre
3/02 — Cincinnati, OH @ Bank of Kentucky
3/13 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/14 — Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
3/17 — Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
3/18 — Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason
3/20 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
3/22 — Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
3/24 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club