August Alsina: "At some point you branch off, you want to do your own shit, you want to go your way. You're just not really tolerant to a lot of bullshit that you feel like you don't have to accept. That's what I felt like with my situation.
"I felt like I'd been dealing with my parents' bullshit since I was one year old, and it just been a struggle ever since. That's a lot to deal with as a young nigga. So I'm like, fuck it. I'ma just go ahead and do my own thing, it can't get no worse than this. I'm just gonna be fucking homeless and not have anywhere to go. I just got to figure it out, it's all a part of becoming a man.
So I'd just fall asleep at a chair in that mothaf**ker, and the woman who was working at the little food spot in there, she would bring me some food.
"I was about 16 or so. I was staying with one of my partners for a minute. I tried to continue to go to school, but at my school we didn't wear uniforms. I didn't have no clothes, all of my shit was gone. So I stopped going. And of course, I think what every young nigga do, you start getting into selling dope. So at that point I went back to New Orleans.
"Shit only last so long, shit goes sour after a while. Shit went sour. I see all these niggas around me selling dope and niggas is bird feeding me, and I'm like, 'Man, fuck that. I'm about to get out here and get on my feet. All you niggas out here I see, I'm riding around with y'all and y'all getting all this money and you bird feeding me. Fuck that.' Everybody was like, 'No you go to school, you stay in school.' I'm like, 'Man fuck what y'all talking about, I'm about to get me.'
"So I got in the streets, ended up homeless for a while, sleeping at the corner store in Kenner, LA. It's still called Quik & Easy. I grew up in New Orleans, so of course the people who worked in the store knew me. I'd just fall asleep at a chair in that mothafucker, and the woman who was working at the little food spot in there, she would bring me some food. Because I would be on my feet. Selling a couple rocks, just to maybe go grab a little hotel where the crack heads at and trap from over there. Be able to take a shower and have a shirt. I buy a shirt from the corner store and I got the same clothes on. I'm just trying to get it everyday, bruh."