Downtown: Life Under the Gun

Downtown: Life Under the Gun

by August Alsina
     
 
Downtown: Life Under the Gun is an impressive introduction to New Orleans native August Alsina, a singer and songwriter who experienced enough hardships through his teenage years to sing the blues for a lifetime. As he looks back in the title track, "No one told me life would be this way." A former drug dealer who

Overview

Downtown: Life Under the Gun is an impressive introduction to New Orleans native August Alsina, a singer and songwriter who experienced enough hardships through his teenage years to sing the blues for a lifetime. As he looks back in the title track, "No one told me life would be this way." A former drug dealer who lived through his father and stepfather's crack addictions, as well as the shooting death of his brother, Alsina established himself through YouTube clips uploaded as far back as 2007. Even as a fresh-faced youngster covering Lyfe Jennings' "Hypothetically," his voice ached. Although he now has as much arrogance as anyone else on contemporary R&B radio, his lingering pain remains, punctuated by a handful of between-song monologues that are all the more chilling for being expressed in a matter-of-fact tone. The gritty realism in ballads like "Hell on Earth" and "Nobody Knows" hints at future greatness. He's singing about his life, not romanticizing it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602537462896
catalogNumber:
001882502
Rank:
27512

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

August Alsina   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Knucklehead   Producer
Devin Johnson   Engineer
Curren$y   Composer
Tai Linzie   Artwork,Photo Production
Kidd Kidd   Composer
John McGee   Producer
Kristen Yiengst   Artwork,Photo Production
Exclusives   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Sean McMillion   Engineer
Cody Sciara   Engineer
Trinidad James   Composer
August Alsina   Composer
Carlos Cahee   Producer
Henry J. Lee   Executive Producer,Management
Eric Huson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Donald Woodard   Legal Counsel
Donald "D-Day" Albright   Executive Producer,Management
Cassius J   Producer
Kevin Harp   Art Direction

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