August Alsina: "I'm from downtown New Orleans. Downtown consists of the 7th ward, the 8th ward, the 9th ward. Downtown, and Kenner, L.A. later on. My fam is in the hood, trying to make it out the hood. My mom used to work two jobs to take care of me, my brothers, and my sisters. She worked hard to take care of us. Back in the day my mom was actually a dental assistant. 

"My pops, we didn't have the best relationship because he was struggling with drug addiction, and you know that's just pretty much what it is. That just take over your whole body that you really don't just have no control over. My step-pops actually been around since I was one year old. Since he's been in my life he was battling a drug addiction as well. I got my brother Melvin, who just passed away, my brother Jamal, my brother Travis, and I got a little sister named Nicki too.

 

My brother said this before he died. He was like, "Man, we from New Orleans, we don't make it to live past 24."

 

"Growing up in New Orleans, we the murder capital. You just got to kind of find your way. I remember just a lot of people dying. Whether from the gun or whatever the fuck. Like one of my homies, I remember he died from crashing a go kart into a light pole. I remember being young as hell, like, 'Damn, he ain't even here no more. That's crazy.' So I have to take that in every morning.

"New Orleans is basically a bunch of motherfuckers living fast. At an early age niggas was snorting dope. Niggas was snorting dope so young, niggas was smoking cigarettes. You live fast and you die young. My brother said this before he died. He was like, 'Man, we from New Orleans, we don't make it to live past 24,' you know what I'm saying? And sure enough my brother got killed. He was 24. Two years ago now."