When I first heard of August Alsina’s music, It was on his street hit titled Downtown which featured then New G-Unit Signee Kidd Kidd. What I truly loved about that track was that August was able to paint the picture of street life within a soulful fashion. I’m not a huge fan of R&B artist whom have to be overly explicit or try too hard to be street on records. But for some reason August’s story seems and feel authentic.
Testimony Which is August’s debut “album”) is the platform to bare his soul. Everything from losing his Older Brother to Gun Violence, Witnessing his Father and Step Father battling Crack Cocaine, addiction and being kicked out by his mother at a young age to fiend for himself. All of these obstacles were what conformed into his debut August’s official Debut album “Testimony”
There are songs that share similar street stories of Downtown. August reflects of the struggle of being on the grind and striving for better perfection on Tracks such as Make It Home and Ghetto which would make great mini movies for his next single. He also shows his deep side on the tribute to his mother titled “Mama” as well as Grind and Pray which has him harmonizing the Lords Prayer before opening up to Get Ya Money which is where he actually championing women whom are getting money by any means(mainly dedicated to Strippers).
Testimony also has its share of slow songs in which can set the mood off with the perfect S/O. The album’s best track titled Porn Star is self explanatory and comes across as very erotic and explicit. Its surely to grab those whom were fending for some baby making music. Kissing on my Tattoos is surely to grab the ratchet female epidemic by the ears but it comes across very sultry and very addictive to where it could be a possible hit record for him.
There are instances where August tries too hard to appeal to the ratchet market. Sometimes his material come across as too explicit to where it may turn off R&B listeners whom are looking for maturity. I could have done without the features of many of the rappers on there(Most notably Rich Homie Quan, Trindad James, Fabolous,). There is also a unnecessary team Light skin remix of I Luv This shit featuring now Rival Trey Songz and Chris Brown that could have been left off.
But despite woes. This is a solid offering from August. He clearly has talent and the ability to drop a next level project. Certainly worth checking out.
Vic Rating: 7 Outta 10