August Alsina

Sep
12
Video: August Alsina f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘No Love’ [Teaser]

Nicki Minaj and August Alsina

August Alsina has shared a teaser for his “No Love” video featuring Nicki Minaj. After a slight delay, the Benny Boom-directed clip will premiere Monday at 6 p.m. EST on VEVO. August took to Instagram to explain the reason behind the hold up.

“I know it took a while but when you dealing with labels, editing, so on so forth your art lies in someone’s hands which can cause a hold up. & sometimes perfection can take a while,” he said. “#SorryForTheWaitAnyhow Thanks for stickin it out and bearing with me.”

In a recent interview with Rap-Up TV, August opened up about shooting the video with the “Anaconda” rapper.

“Nicki was very, very deeply involved with this one in particular, as far as the video goes,” he said. “She had a vision for it and she really, really is a big fan of the record, which was real important to me because it makes it that much more special.”

Get a sneak peek below.

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Aug
26
Rap-Up TV: August Alsina Talks Nicki Minaj, Second Album, & Chris Brown

In the last four months, August Alsina has topped the R&B charts with his debut Testimony, won two BET Awards, and is currently headlining his first tour. Rap-Up TV caught up with the 21-year-old New Orleans crooner during the L.A. stop of his “Testimony Live” tour at the House of Blues to discuss his wins including a collaboration with Nicki Minaj on his latest single “No Love.”

He was the one who reached out to Nicki, and it turns out she was a big fan of the song. The two recently shot a video with director Benny Boom.

“Nicki was very, very deeply involved with this one in particular, as far as the video goes,” said August. “She had a vision for it and she really, really is a big fan of the record, which was real important to me because it makes it that much more special.”

While he hasn’t started work on his sophomore album, August plans to incorporate his new experiences. “I haven’t really stepped foot into the studio yet,” he said. “I’m outchea workin’, outchea livin’ a little more, so I guess when I do step in, I have a few things to talk about. It’s just a new world, new life, new livin’, new experiences. I’m gettin’ older. I wanna make sure I take my time with it and actually be in a place where I can put my all and my everything into the studio.”

He recently collaborated with Chris Brown on DJ Khaled’s single “Hold You Down,” and there may be more collaborations to come. “Chris is the bro. That’s the homie,” he said. “I was just with him the other day going through music and I think that type of shit just naturally happens or naturally comes about ’cause we kick it more than anything and then it’s like, ‘Oh, shit ni**a. I got this song. Wanna hop on it?’ We’ve been vibin’ to some shit, so you never know.”

Plus, hear him weigh in on the Michael Brown shooting.

Aug
11
Video: DJ Khaled f/ Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, & Jeremih – ‘Hold You Down’

Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Jeremih, and DJ Khaled

Just hours after the song hit iTunes, DJ Khaled rolls out the video for “Hold You Down” starring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, and Jeremih. Shot in the Hollywood Hills, the Gil Green-directed clip is a tribute to the ladies who hold it down for their men. Breezy salutes his ride-or-die chick, while Future puts his lady in the Bentley truck.

But it’s Khaled who steals the show with his acting skills.

“You’re smart. You’re loyal. You’re grateful. I appreciate that. Go buy your mom a house. Go guy your whole family houses,” says the We the Best chief as he hands his girl stacks of cash.

Watch Khaled’s Oscar-worthy performance and look out for his upcoming album I Changed A Lot, due this fall.

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Aug
10
New Music: DJ Khaled f/ Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, & Jeremih – ‘Hold You Down’

Hold You Down

Another one. After putting it down for the streets on “They Don’t Love You No More,” DJ Khaled caters to the ladies on “Hold You Down,” the second single off his upcoming album I Changed A Lot. The We the Best boss rounds up some of R&B’s leading men for the smooth track featuring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, and Future.

Breezy promises to hold it down for his ride-or-die chick on his autobiographical verse.

“I had some problems back home / I ain’t wit’ that bullshit at all / Maybe it’s that Virginia in me / Have a young ni**a go so hard / Through it all you stuck with me / Through it all you never ducked off like them cowards when they hit me / Girl I swear to God you the real one and you know it,” he sings.

The fellas shot a video in the Hollywood Hills last month with director Gil Green.

Stream their sweet serenade below.

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Aug
1
August Alsina and Nicki Minaj Link Up in ‘No Love’ Video

Nicki Minaj and August Alsina

Nicki Minaj pulled double duty this week. In addition to shooting a video for “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, the Young Money rapper joined August Alsina on set of his “No Love (Remix)” video. Nicki cozied up to a shirtless Alsina in a series of sexy Instagram shots.

The video was directed by Benny Boom, who has helmed several Nicki videos including “Beez in the Trap” and “High School.”

“Shot a video to NO LOVE with my little brother from another mother, August Alsina,” she said.

Her new single “Anaconda,” which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” was set to premiere on Monday, but it leaked online earlier today. Nicki has yet to address the leak.

On August 14, Alsina will kick off his “Testimony Live” tour with supporting act Teyana Taylor.

Check out more photos from the “No Love” set below.

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Jul
22
Video: Kirko Bangz f/ August Alsina – ‘Rich’

August Alsina and Kirko Bangz

Kirko Bangz struggles to make a better life for him and his family in the video for “Rich” featuring August Alsina. In the powerful visuals, shot in L.A., the Houston rapper gets caught up with the wrong crowd and makes some poor decisions, which ultimately lead to his demise.

While he sings about his personal experience in the music industry, the video takes a more universal approach.

“There are several ways to becoming ‘Rich,’ which one will you choose?” he asks at the end.

Look for the song on Kirko’s upcoming debut album Bigger Than Me.

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Jul
21
New Music: August Alsina f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘No Love (Remix)’

No Love

After blessing Usher, Trey Songz, and Cam’ron with her royal rhymes, hip-hop’s reigning queen Nicki Minaj sparks up a remix to August Alsina’s new Testimony single “No Love.” The New Orleans crooner is not looking for a relationship, but Nicki convinces him that they should be more than friends.

“You can’t front like this ain’t way realer / I know you hard, I know that you a killa / I know you started off a dope dealer, but let your guards down / Your ni**as know that you feel her,” she raps.

At the beginning of the record, she tells August that the song is her fave. “I swear this is my favorite song,” she says.

Listen to Nicki plead her case.

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