Jaime Lynne| BKD TV Insiders
Def Jam newcomer August Alsina is making his mark on the music world with his debut album appropriately titled Testimony. Following the success of his mixtape Downtown: Life Under the Gun, the 21-year old crooner delivers an interesting combination of gangster rap lyrics sung to melodic beats. Testimony, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B charts, shares stories of August’s troubled childhood growing up in the gritty streets of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The album opens up with “Testify”, a compelling tale of the young singer’s hardships throughout his life. August touches on subjects in his past including drug abuse, family issues, and hustling in the streets. His raw honesty sets the tone for the remainder of the album.
Following the Jeezy assisted track “Make it Home”, August switches his style up for the ladies with the songs “You Deserve” and “No Love”. As any R&B bad boy, he couldn’t create an album without a couple of slow jams to appeal to his female fans. Ballads “Pornstar” and “Kissing on My Tattoos” share a different side of August’s music with his slow rhythms and seductive lyrics.
Of course, the album would not be complete without a few big name collabs. August teams up with Atlanta rappers Trinidad James for his breakout single “I Love This Sh*t” and Rich Homie Quan for the radio single “Ghetto”. He also gives us something to dance to on the DJ Mustard produced track “NUMB” featuring B.O.B. Pusha T, Rick Ross, and Fabolous who also lend their lyricism to the album as well.
Overall, Testimony has something for every type of listener. Its edgy lyrics and street flows mixed with raw emotion gives a sense of realness and vulnerability that everyone can appreciate. Released on the birthday of his deceased eldest brother, Melvin LaBranch III, this album is sure to be a stepping stone to a beautiful career for the young singer.