August Alsina Says Def Jam is Holding His Album ‘Hostage’


August Alsina has voiced discontent and frustrations with his record label, Def Jam, and the whole label system.

This week, the R&B star shed some light on the delay of his anticipated third album, Drugs, when a fan inquired about the project’s release date on social media.

“I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist,” he tweeted. “The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME ?& the Album?.”

Alsina announced Drugs back in January 2017. Shortly after that, he dropped a trio of videos for the songs “Drugs,” “Wait” and “Lonely,” followed by the official lead single “Don’t Matter.”

In May, he revealed details about his ongoing battle with liver disease. “I have a liver disease, where my autoimmune system is fighting against itself,” he said. “The reality is that I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy. Don’t treat me like I’m a fuckin’ cancer patient ’cause I’m not.”

Drugs will mark Alsina’s third studio album, following 2014’s Testimony and 2015’s This Thing Called Life.

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