SXSW 2013 Guest Blog: August Alsina Talks First-Ever SXSW Show With The-Dream
[Editor's Note: PopCrush asked a few artists to share their SXSW stories in a series of guest blog posts. Meet August Alsina, Def Jam's newest hip-hop artist and The-Dream's protege. The 19-year-old rapper recently dropped ‘I Luv This S—’ which features label mate, Trinidad James.]
The ride from ATL-Austin was long as hell, but productive. Me and my team talked about the new album and mixtape plan, listened to music, talked s—, and watched an old classic… ‘The Five Heartbeats‘ (they were callin me August Kane, but niccas jus hatin’!).
After a 15-hour drive (stoppin in NOLA to pick up my brotha first), we finally got to SXSW. Last year was cool, I went to a few parties, networked, but I didn’t perform. This year we had five shows lined up, so we grindin’!
My first ever SXSW show was with my homie [The]-Dream at the SoundCloud Showcase. We did an early sound check, went to the hotel to change, then headed to the show. I hit the stage at 8:45PM and SXSW officially started for me. I had diehard fans in the audience with lit up August Alsina signs, chicks front row singing my lyrics… it was poppin’.
After my set, I kicked it with my fans, signed autographs, then watch Dream rock his set. Def Jam president Joie Manda was in the house to support a yung nicca, Usher and Snoop were in the building, I met the beautiful Karen Civil… so my first SXSW show was official.
Caption: Mobbin 2 Austin Tx w/ The 5 Heartbeats on the Screens #iLTS
Caption: Soundcheck #SXSW
Caption: Tonight… Wayyy too Trill #SXSW
Caption: #LastNightsShow These ladies made me smile .. #SXSW @TsunadiLuv @DivaStyl3