New Orleans newcomer August Alsina offers an inspirational tale of surviving one of America's most treacherous cities with TESTIMONY, his debut album on NNTME/ Def Jam Recordings. To be released on April 15th, TESTIMONY contains the single "Make It Home" featuring fellow Def Jam artist Jeezy, which was co-written by The Exclusives and produced by the Feather-stones.. TESTIMONY builds on the success of Downtown: Life Under The Gun, August's debut EP, which includes the #1 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop smash "I Luv This Sh*t" featuring Trinidad James.
The release date of TESTIMONY carries major personal significance for August; April 15th was 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. TESTIMONY is dedicated to Melvin's memory and includes features from Jeezy and Yo Gotti. Producers on the album include the Featherªstones, Knucklehead, Eric Hudson, Drumma Boy, Jasper Cameron, The Exclusives, and Cassius Jay.
TESTIMONY's motivational undercurrent deals graphically with August's past hardships-serious family issues including death, homelessness and addiction. "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 a good 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."
Downtown: Life Under The Gun includes the smash single "I Luv This Sh*t;" its video hit BET's 106 & Park as a New Joint, and was then added to BET, MTV2 and MTV Jams permanently. An explosive "I Luv This Sh*t" remix, featuring Chris Brown and Trey Songz and produced by Knucklehead, is also available on iTunes. The EP also includes "Downtown" featuring Kidd Kidd, "Let Me Hit That" featuring fellow NOLA native Curren$y, and "Ghetto" featuring Rich Homie Quan. The video premiere for "Ghetto" coincided with August's October U.S. television debut on the syndicated Wendy Williams Show. The song now totals over 3.2 million YouTube views.
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
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.