INTERVIEWS

Exclusive: August Alsina Shares Words for His Father, Brother and Helping to Raise His Nieces

August Alsina has become known for his honest and always forthright lyrics and realness.  At times blunt, August just speaks his mind, but he will be the first to tell you that he is learning about himself and how to be a man everyday.

During our recent interview with the rising star, we asked him to share with us what he thinks he would say to his father if he was alive today.  Not surprising, August reveals the things he had to learn on his own, and what he feels he’s missed out on by not having a positive male figure.  We also asked him to also share some words for his older brother, who was killed in 2010 and was Alsina’s biggest motivation. More than anything he just thanks him.

When his brother passed he left behind three young daughters, who August now helps take care of and helps raise. He talks about the joy and struggle of that responsibility being a young man who is still just finding his own way.  Additionally, with his debut album Testimony finally in stores, we ask him about his plans to celebrate the release and his hopes for it’s impact.

Check out the clip above, and to see more of our interview click here.


Exclusive: August Alsina Reflects on Early Releases, Brothers Passing, Single Success, Meeting Jay Z & Beyoncé and “Kissin On My Tattoos”

August Alsina made his debut right here back in August of 2011 with his acoustic remake of Lil Wayne’s “How To Love,” and following acoustic covers mixtape.  Followed by his first official project ‘The Product‘ exactly 2 years ago, and his successful follow-up The Product 2.   Reaching the top of the charts with his break-out debut single “I Luv This Sh*t,” the New Orleans native has been on an incredible climb, and it all culminated with the release of his first album Testimony, which hit stores on April 15.

ThisisRnB TV caught up with August while in NYC days before the LP’s release for a new interview.  In the clip above we take him back to his first releases, getting him to reflect on his goals and the early grind.  August talks about how his brothers passing pushed him to go all the way with his music and never look back.  He reveals that while working so hard he misses out on certain moments and loses memories.  But, the success of his debut single “I Luv This Sh*t” stuck with him because of how many people doubted it being a hit, and it was the song he knew had to be his official introduction.

After the jump, August tells the story of how Jeezy introduced him to Jay Z and what that moment was like, and at the same time how he accidentally ran into Beyoncé, plus the advice they gave to him.  Additionally he speaks about his next single “Kissin On My Tattoos,” which was a different style for him, but has already become a fan favorite.

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Mixshow: DJ Carisma’s “Cookie Jar” (4/15 with Mila J)

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For their second broadcast of the week DJ Carisma and Abby De La Rosa returned to TheMixShow studios on Tuesday for another episode of “The Cookie Jar.” Last night the ladies were joined by fellow Cali native Mila J, who has been heating up the airwaves with her new single “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up.”

The singer/dancer, who is Jhené Aiko’s older sister, spoke about her hiatus from music and decision to comeback now as a solo artist. She spoke about being into rap as a kid, thinking she was the female Snoop Dogg, her love for TLC and Janet Jackson and more early inspirations. Mila talked about her buzzing single, working with Ty Dolla $ign, upcoming music and much more.

As always Carisma spun the hottest and sexiest in current R&B along with some throwbacks, while Abby asked all the juicy questions.

Stream and download the full show below:

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Rico Love Talks Music, Changing Culture & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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It’s time to turn the lights on and get ready for Rico Love‘s arrival to the front of the camera!

Known as the writer to many of today’s hottest singles, the singer-songwriter is getting his chance to be behind the mic and in front of the camera. Taking to Power 105′s ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Monday, Rico shed light on his journey and decision to be the artist of focus this time around opposed to just penning the hot tracks.

Touching on his work with artists such as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, and of course Usher, Mr. Turn The Lights On, told Angela and Envy (Charlamagne was out) that his records come from portions of his life. When asked how difficult it is to now have to decide to keep records or give them to his established roster of artists, Rico responded that the subject matters are completely different.

Currently holding one of this years hottest tracks in the palm of his hand, Rico’s quickly becoming one of today’s most sought after artists as well as writer/producer.

Take a gander at the clip below:

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Pharrell Sits with Oprah for ‘Prime’ Interview Special

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Pharrell Williams is bigger than ever, thanks to some of the biggest records of his career which have ruled the charts for over a year now. It was only right that he would be up next to speak with Oprah for one of her iconic interviews.

Starting out talking about all the amazing success he’s had in the past year, they go back to his youth talking about his upbringing and early career when he was the guy behind the guy.  Going back to his massive No. 1 single “Happy,” the hit-maker gets very emotional and sheds some tears while maybe for the first time being able to reflect on the journey and what he accomplished with the song. Moving on they talk about him finding his way as an artist himself, and not copying the lifestyle of Diddy or Jay Z.

In addition to the music they talk about his passion for women’s rights, his marriage to Helen, raising their son Rocket and more.

If you missed it live, catch the full interview below!

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ThisisRnB TV: Catching Up with Dondria, Talks Womanhood, New Single “Coat Tail,” Upcoming EP & More

Six years ago we were all introduced to the burgeoning young Princess of So So Def, Dondria.  While she found mild success from her debut album Dondria Vs. Phatfffat, the Texas native struggled to build notoriety in the ever-changing music industry. The singer kept her close fans covered with the release of three mixtapes, but mostly remained out of the public eye as she continued to hone her craft.

Making her return earlier this year with the female empowering single “Coat Tail,” the young queen, as she likes to call herself now, is poised to make that deserving impact. Currently prepping for the release of her new EP, which is due out this summer, ThisisRnB TV caught up with Dondria Nicole while on a recent trip to NYC to perform at SOB’s.

Speaking candidly with us, Dondria opened up about her career to date, becoming a woman while following her dreams and learning to be confident. What her new single means to her and the story behind recording it. The lessons she constantly learns from producer Jermaine Dupri, and what fans should expect from her forthcoming EP and sophomore album.

Check out the interview clip above and stay tuned!


Pharrell Performs “Marilyn Monroe” and Talks Career On ‘Ellen’

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Pharrell is absolutely having one of the best year’s ever! With promising nominations in the near future for his work, Skateboard P has hit a high plateau once again.

Taking to the ‘Ellen‘ show stage, the trendsetter showed off his sparkly new shoes and of course, his ten gallon hat. Now nominated for 9 Billboard awards, the slow aging artist has much to be “Happy” about these days. All smiles and soft spoken, the humble and talented individual opened up on how Ellen was the first one to support the “Happy” movement. Gifting him with her own version of his infamous hat, the two poked fun at what the large hat could double as.

Also taking time to talk about his album, G I R L, and performing the follow-up single, “Marilyn Monroe,” it’s hard to not want to be everywhere that Pharrell is.

Take a look the clips from his visit below:

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August Alsina Talks Journey To Stardom, Relationship With Family & More

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Ladies Love Cool August.

While earlier today saw the release of the remix to his “Get Ya Money” track, August Alsina has been busy on his promotional run for his debut album Testimony.

Taking the hot seat with our friend Necole Bitchie for a new installment of her “Intimate Conversation” piece, August got very personal with his answers. Touching on his relationship with his mother and of course, the role his now deceased brother has played in his life, it’s always a humbling feeling to hear someone else’s story – even if it’s different than yours.

Mentioning that he’s moved his nieces and their mother out to Atlanta to be able to support them, one has to applaud August’s transition and his ability to step up and take charge.

A tear jerker indeed, jump into the clip below:

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