Album Reviews

August Alsina – The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy (Album Review)

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August Alsina is back and better than ever!


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TOP 5

 

HONORABLE MENTION. CHASE

Playas worldwide, “Chase” should be your new anthem!

I’m a happily married man, so I know nothing about going after women anymore. I will tell you this, though: If you are someone that is single and ready to mingle, “Chase” should resonate with you mightily. In the song, August lets the world know that he is comfortable with staying at second base with any chick he’s f**king with.

Aside from the content you hear on “Chase,” I love the song’s tempo, melody, and sly vibes.  

 

 

5. FLY FAR

In this day and age, I’m all about listening to music that is uplifting. With that being said, “Fly Far” is the type of song that will make you think that you can escape all the troubles of the world.

“Fly Far” isn’t only uplifting, it also features a lively beat that almost feels replenishing to listen to, bohemian vibes, and melodies that are truly remarkable (The melodies that you hear on the song are the best thing about it). All in all, I just love what “Fly Far” does to my soul.

 

 

4. SINCERELY

“Sincerely” might f**k around and make you tear up.

August Alsina uses “Sincerely” as an opportunity to let his nieces know that he’s going to be there for them through thick and thin. Though I do think there are songs on The Product III: StateofEMERGEncy that slap more, I just feel like “Sincerely” is too beautiful of a song to not acknowledge.

 

 

3. RRR (REAL RECOGNIZE REAL)

“RRR (Real Recognize Real)” is an R&B anthem that gangstas will respect.

“RRR (Real Recognize Real)” features a relaxing beat, the realest lyrics I’ve ever heard in my life (Throughout the song, August talks about being a figure that understands every single street code that has been created), and a soulful vocal performance. My only issue with the song is that August says the word “n***a” a lot on it (I feel like he used the word to finish his bars too much on the song).

 

 

2. NOLA

August Alsina reminds us how hard New Orleans is on “NOLA.”

Back in the day, you couldn’t find an R&B singer that was triller than August Alsina. Well, it seems like s**t hasn’t changed for him, because on “NOLA,” he gifts us with silky smooth vocals but lyrics that are aimed to make weak-ass n*ggas bow down, get intimidated or turn in their gangsta cards.

 

 

1. TODAY

August Alsina reminds folks that he is the real-deal on “Today.” In the song, he talks about being this relentless figure that refuses to fail, give in to pressure, or neglect his family.

If you aren’t a big fan of the lyrics on “Today,” I’m sure you will like the song’s riveting beat and August’s passionate vocal performance.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. NOLA (4.5/5)

2. TODAY (5/5)

3. ROUNDS (4/5)

4. LESSONS (4/5)

5. SINCERELY (4/5)

6. DELIVER US (3.5/5)

7. RRR (REAL RECOGNIZE REAL) (4/5)

8. FLY FAR (4/5)

9. FEELING (4/5)

10. PERFECT STRANGERS (3.5/5)

11. PRETTY (4/5)

12. 4REAL (3.5/5)

13. WORK TO DO (4/5)

14. BE GOOD (3/5)

15. SOON AS I WALK IN (3.5/5)

16. TONIGHT (3.5/5)

17. LONGER (2.5/5)

18. SLEEVE (4/5)

19. CHASE (4/5)

20. BRAKES (4/5)

21. BROKEN ROLLIE (3.5/5)

22. IT WAS BROKE UP (3.5/5)

23. READY (3/5)

24. BOSSIN UP (3.5/5)

25. PARTY TIL (4/5)

26. RESENT (3.5/5)

27. STILL DON’T KNOW (3.5/5)


OVERALL RATING

(B)

 

While a good chunk of the R&B songs that you hear on the radio these days are on some lovey-dovey/steal your woman s**t, August Alsina is one of the few singers that actually likes to sing about some real s**t. To be more specific, on The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy, I love how August talks about taking care of his nieces, about being an unflappable figure that refuses to stay down when he’s knocked to the ground, and about growing up in a world that continues to present challenges for him. Even when he talks about some violent/playa s**t on a song, it’s done in a way that is authentic and so damn raw.

Do I really have to talk about August Alsina’s voice? Everyone should know by now that he is a fantastic singer. Though he’s more concerned with letting loose than actually impressing folks with his singing techniques, at the end of the day, he has a voice that can move mountains.

I always thought that August Alsina had a bright future. On his first two projects, I thought he showed glimpses of greatness. I’m not going to lie, on The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy, I heard chunks of greatness from August Alsina! Not only did he successfully decipher himself from the other R&B acts in the game, but he also found a way to make music that won’t get old.

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