R&B newcomer August Alsina has a new visual for his latest single “Downtown,” a soulful, gritty tale of revenge.
“Downtown” is an intimate story of loss and heartache story written by 20-year-old Alsina that details the circumstances of his older brother’s tragic murder.
Alsina, a native of New Orleans, was barely 18 when he received the news.
In “Downtown,” Alsina croons, “Phone just ringing heard a nigga got got/He was over on the East last thing that he heard six shots/He ain’t getting no love from the cops, nobody got caught/Real talk when I heard who it was, my heart near damn stop/Somebody done killed my brother, now I gotta get back, let ’em know cause a nigga gotta feel that!”
Melvin LaBranch III, 24, was found lying face-down on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, according to The Times-Picayune.
He was momentarily responsive when authorities arrived on the scene but succumbed to injuries later in a hospital.
Alsina walks through a cemetery in the visual and visits LaBranch’s grave as he plots retribution.
LaBranch’s three daughters, who wore white dresses, made cameo appearances in the visual.
Alsina tapped fellow N’Awlins MC Kidd Kidd as his song’s guest feature. Kidd Kidd didn’t disappoint, rapping, “Once upon a time downtown in the 9 (9th ward), what it don’t mind dyin’/Sworn to a life of crime, was a youngin’ only stood 5’5, big money on his mind/Clothes ain’t wrinkled while his hands on the iron, shot six times run in front of my mom.”
“Downtown” is a definite must watch.
August Alsina’s EP “Downtown: Life Under The Gun” is now available for download on iTunes.
Check out August Alsina “Downtown” below
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