The Product II Mixtape
August Alsina: "I'm deeply involved in all my shit when it comes to writing. There's a certain way that I say shit and my shit come from the heart so I have no choice but to be deeply involved. When I was doing 'Downtown,' I struggled. I struggle a lot with how much of myself do I give to the people. Because, as artists, we put ourselves out there to be judged. People are so judgemental. You got a lot to judge me by.
"When I was doing 'Downtown' I was like, 'Do I tell people all of this?' But at a certain point I was like, 'Man, if I don't say what I want to say, how I want to say it, I'll be doing a disservice to myself, a disservice to my people, and I'll be cheating God for sending me through everything that he's sent me through.' So I went in and told my story. Exactly how it went. Word for word, that's how it went down, that's really how it go down in my hood.
When I was doing 'Downtown' I was like, 'Do I tell people all of this?' But at a certain point I was like, 'Man, if I don't say what I want to say, how I want to say it, I'll be doing a disservice to myself, a disservice to my people, and I'll be cheating God for sending me through everything that he's sent me through.
The Product 2, that shit is cool. Because I never thought that I would have a tape with DJ Drama. I fuck with Drama, I got a lot of respect for him and got a lot of respect for his grind. The Product 2 basically is a continuation of The Product, it's original music and like you hear my sound. So just giving people a taste of that sound. I'm slowly trying to get everybody prepared for this album. I reached out to Drama, Drama fucked with it. I never been an ostentatious type of guy, but you got to kind of be like, 'Damn I got Drama on this mothafucker.' [Laughs.]
"'I Luv This Shit,' I had that song for about six months before I even gave it to Trinidad. When I recorded I knew that that was one of the first songs I want people to hear from me because it's real. It's what we live everyday, the good, the bad, the ugly, whatever, I love that shit, I live for that shit. My life, I love that shit. The struggle. I love that shit because it make me a stronger nigga, make me the man that I'm growing into.
"Shit, the partying, the bitches, whatever it is you can think of, I love that shit. I don't have no regrets about nothing that I do and the way I live. I love it because whether it's good or bad you learning something. I knew when I heard Trinidad 'All Gold Everything,' I knew. That shit was so ratchet, I knew I needed to go ahead and have him hop on there, because of the ratchetness that 'I Luv This Shit' embodies."