If you let most media outlets tell it, New Orleans singer August Alsina isn’t the most humble of men, especially after he cursed at 106 & Park host Keshia Chanté for asking about his beef with Trey Songz.
Most people – fans and critics, alike – felt that August is new to the industry and has to deal with these sorts of questions being asked if he wants the media’s help in getting his music out there. Many also felt that the way he spoke to Keshia was uncalled for and no way to speak to a woman, especially on a nationally televised family-friendly show.
While visiting Hot 97’s morning show this week, the “Down On Your Luck” singer addressed the incident, beefing with Trigga, and concerns that he was undeserving of his spot on XXL’s 2014 Freshman Class cover because he isn’t a rapper.
Initially it seemed as though August felt what happened on 106 & Park wasn’t his fault because he was mislead about what he would be asked, but it seems he’s changed his tune… slightly.
Check out some highlights below and the entire interview up above.
On The 106 & Park Incident:
“I wasn’t mean. Here’s the thing. People get honesty and mean mixed up nowadays. You can say that now [that I didn’t have to curse at her], but if you put me in a position…that’s how I felt. I went back to BET yesterday and that’s exactly what I said. [Keshia] was like, ‘I didn’t mean to disrespect you’ and I was like, ‘Well it wasn’t my intention to disrespect you.’ Before this conversation, I felt how I felt and I spoke on how I felt and I don’t take back nothing that I said.
I think sometimes people can be set up and people are just, quote unquote, doing their job.
I speak from my heart, I got a big f-ckin’ mouth. It just is what it is. I don’t know how to change that, but in our reality, what I said was never about me trying to belittle the next n-gga or cause a problem with the next n-gga. It’s just, ‘This is how I feel.’ And I’m the idiot because I said what I said thinking.”
On Beefing With Trey Songz:
“We don’t have a problem. I just talked to Trey. I think I was in Miami with Jeezy and he got on the line with Jeezy and I holla’d at him. The thing is, I choose to tell you what I wanna tell you and the rest of it just ain’t your motherf-ckin’ business. Period.
What it is, especially with this industry, so many motherf-ckers running around here claiming, ‘I’m the realest n-gga! I’m this and I’m that’ and when somebody actually say something that’s real, then it becomes, ‘You’re an asshole. You’re a jerk. You ain’t got no media training.’
Where I come from, when n-ggas beef, n-ggas die. People throw that ‘beef’ word around too loosely.”
On Black Blogs Focusing On Negativity:
“I just hate the fact that nobody wanna talk about nothing positive. Me and [Rich Homie] Quan had an issue before. But a problem is actually resolved and you’re like, ‘You know what, man? I just wanna see you do good and get money. We trying to do the same thing and we just trying to survive. We youngins coming up!’ When it’s not a problem no more, and we say, ‘Aye, bruh…it’s love’ and you put that out there to the blogs, they don’t even talk about it! But you talk about the negative sh-t!
Even with the Rap-Up interview where I said the sh-t about Trey. I also said in that interview…they asked me about Chris [Brown]. I said, ‘Chris the homie. Every time I talk to him I always pray for him and send him love and positivity and try to uplift him.’ But THAT wasn’t the headline. It’s the negative sh-t and it’s only with these black motherf-ckers. We’re our own worst enemy.”
On Being The First Singer Ever To Appear On XXL Freshman Class Cover:
“I’m honored because I’m setting a new standard and that’s history made for me ’cause I done opened up the door for some many other people. When I went to XXL, they was saying the same thing. ‘Nah. You’re not a rapper. This is Hip-Hop dominated.’ Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on in the world of music because you got singers that’s rapping and rappers that’s singing.”