Album Review: August Alsina – Testimony

In Hip Hop by Nick Russell

Album Review: August Alsina – Testimony

After the release and success of “I luv this sh*t” in 2013, Testimony is the debut album fans of August Alsina have been waiting for. The RnB scene has been dying for years now with only a few artists making a real impact on the industry, August’s album is a breath of fresh air compared to the music in the same category. Like most RnB albums, alot of the songs are directed towards the female audience with tracks like “Right there” and “Kissing on my tattoos”. August managed to scoop Yo Gotti for the original version of “Ghetto” aswell as artists such as Rick Ross, Fabolous, B.O.B and others.

Even though tracks like “Porn Star” and “Ah yeah” cement the album as a RnB focused project, Augusts’ dope selling past and troubled upbringing including his brothers murder and his mothers addiction problems give the album a balance that almost no other RnB artists can hope to have. Tracks such as “F*ck my life” (featuring Pusha T) and “Testify” show the darker side of August as an artist which gives the album a feel of genuine realness.

Probably the best track off the album, “No Love” is almost anti RnB, the song is well worth a listen for anyone single and NOT looking for a relationship, plus it has also been recently remixed by Nicki Minaj. Alsina is realer than most artists in the industry today, his life issues are documented in his music so if you are looking for a soft and cuddly RnB album then look elsewhere, this is a new type of Neo-gangster RnB that hasn’t been seen since Lyfe Jennings broke onto the scene.

The album dropped on April 15th, the anniversary of his brothers murder and has taken over America ever since. With recent collaborations including Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Rich Homie Quan and many more, the future looks bright for New Orleans’ latest edition to the RnB/Hip Hop scene.

Cop the album on iTunes here.