August Anthony Alsina Jr. is an American singer and rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana, formerly signed to Def Jam Recordings. He released his first mixtape The Product in 2012, followed by The Product 2 and his debut extended play (EP) Downtown: Life Under the Gun in 2013, the latter released under The-Dream's Radio Killa Records and Def Jam Recordings. Alsina then his debut studio album Testimony in 2014, after garnering success from the Platinum-selling singles "I Luv This Shit" and "No Love". The album was followed up by This Thing Called Life in 2015. After leaving Def Jam and a long hiatus, he released the EP Forever and a Day in 2019. In 2020, Alsina released his third album, The Product III: State of Emergency—along with a five-part documentary series detailing his life experiences, family, and health, supported by a heavily publicized "entanglement" with actress Jada Pinkett Smith.