On Monday night, the R&B singer replied to a tweet regarding the status of his long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s This Thing Called Life. Alsina suggested the album was already completed, but was being delayed by his "trash" record label.
"I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist,” he wrote on Twitter. “The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME & the Album."
Alsina has already dropped four singles from the upcoming album: "Wait," "Lonely," "Don’t Matter," and the title track "Drugs." He spoke about the project nearly a year ago on Instagram:
"You’re probably like, ‘Yo, why your project called Drugs?’ I woke up one day and I realized how addicted to certain ways of living life I was. Addicted to chaos, addicted to drama, addicted to confusion. So, lately for me, it’s been about breaking the cycle and really creating a new normal. That new normal is love."
This isn’t the first issue Alsina has had with Def Jam. Back in 2015, the New Orleans singer accused the record label of leaking his sophomore album, This Thing Called Life.
He later explained his harsh words came from "a place of frustration," and that he has "a great deal of respect for the Def Jam family."
Complex reached out to a rep for Def Jam and will update when available.