A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, August Anthony Alsina Jr. (born September 3, 1992) is a vocalist who was originally signed to Def Jam Recordings. His first mixtape, The Product, was released in 2012, and in 2013, he dropped his debut EP, Downtown: Life Under the Gun, on The-Radio Dream’s Killa Records and Def Jam Recordings.
After the success of his Platinum-selling singles “I Luv This Shit” (featuring Trinidad James) and “No Love” in 2013, Alsina released his debut studio album Testimony in 2014. (featuring Nicki Minaj). It was followed up in 2015 by This Thing Called Life.
In 2019, after leaving Def Jam and a lengthy absence, he released the extended play Forever and a Day. Alsina’s third album, The Product III: State of Emergency, was published in 2020 along with a five-part documentary series about his life, family, and health that was bolstered by the widespread coverage of his “entanglement” with Jada Pinkett Smith in the media.
Who Are August Alsina’s Brothers?
August Alsina was one of four children reared by his parents in New Orleans, Louisiana. The singer’s four older siblings were from Sheila’s prior relationship with the singer’s stepfather, Melvin LaBranch III, while August was the child of her relationship with his father, August Alsina Sr.
There is also a sister named Netia and three brothers named Melvin, Travis, and Jamal who are all older than the singer. August, Travis, Netia, and Jamal are the only children still with us out of a total of five. Travis is a well-known food blogger who posts under the handle Kitchen Bae.
What Happened to August’s Brother, Melvin?
Melvin, August’s younger brother, passed away on August 31, 2010; he was 24. A gunshot wound to the head proved fatal, and the young man went suddenly on that Tuesday morning. Melvin and his fianceé, Chandra, had three daughters together before he passed away.
Chandra also lost her battle with cancer on Christmas Day, 2018. August’s three nieces, Chaylin, Amaiya, and Kayden, now legally live with him after his brother and sister-in-law passed away. August told PEOPLE, “I remember my sister asking me, ‘Would you take custody?'” after both catastrophes occurred and he was granted custody of his nieces.
Naturally, I agree to help out. The odds of your demise are astronomically low, however. A text message she sent me as she prepared to leave this world read: “All this time you’ve been running from being a father, from having kids, and now you’re forced to.”
“I just play the cards that life deals me and figure things out,” I’ve said to myself. Just like always, she said, “You do,” and then she turned off the light. I hope to be as involved in their lives as I can be while still showing them what it means to have a successful professional life.
When asked what he wanted his Surreal Life kids to know, he said, “I want them to know and trust that they’re going to be alright here with or without me, or without any man, without any woman, without any parent.” “Pain is something that will always be present in this world. It’s all in how you take it.”