For this edition of Style Files, August Alsina silences his haters.
Whether you praise or mock August Alsina’s head-to-toe style, you must admit that the R&B crooner’s swagger is nothing less than confident.
Since his grand foray onto the mainstream music scene in 2014, we’ve seen much growth in Alsina not only as an artist but a 23-year-old who is expressing himself through his rhythm and blues tunes and a fun and quirky yet still evolving wardrobe.
On a uncharacteristically warm New York City afternoon at Def Jam’s midtown headquarters, the This Thing Called Life singer chatted with VIBE about his fashion sense that has been a hot topic for the past year and his controversial hair ‘do, silencing those haters that critique his sartorial choices. Continue scrolling to check out highlights from the conversation.
On his style:
I just saw Sway and he was like, “Man I gotta keep up with you because you just too goddamn clean now. You pick your sh*t out yourself?” I was like, “Yeah bro, I do this.” Then he was like, “Now come on August, you weren’t always this high fashion and sh*t.” I’m like well sh*t I was broke as a muthaf**ker then and couldn’t buy everything [laughs]. I just like what I like, and I don’t care what nobody has to say about me. I see people and what they say. I’ve gotten it all, whether it’s that I’m weird or that I dress weird.
On his controversial tresses:
I mean I been had hair, like when I was younger, then I cut it. So basically, I just did the same thing over. I’m sick of everybody looking the same, especially with haircuts and stuff. I remember going to the BET Awards and they were laughing at my hair and it was this whole talk about it on the Internet. Right after, everyone was doing the same thing. Literally, my barber was telling me that people were coming to him and saying, “Aye, can you give me that August Alsina cut?” So it’s like damn, make up your mind. First you talking sh*t about me and after that it’s like…it’s just weird. These mothaf***ers are weird. Everybody weird as hell and don’t know themselves. They talk about something one minute and the next they’re on it. Now, it’s like they want to be like a n***a. But it’s so crazy because they have so much to say about me. I hear the most outrageous things about myself: I wear makeup, I wear lipgloss, I wear weave. When I pressed my hair, that’s when folks thought that I had a weave. It’s never that serious, ever. It’s just the weirdest sh*t. Listen, I’m telling you, people say that sh*t. I’m a man bruh, don’t disrespect me. But at the same time you do have n****s out here getting weaves. Fetty Wap got f***ing weave dreads in his head. If that’s your prerogative cool, but miss me with that.
On fashion do’s and don’ts:
I literally don’t [care]. I do whatever I want to do. That’s why I was saying, there’s people that talk about me and that’s fine. I guess you have to give people something to talk about.
On a future in the fashion industry:
Possibly. People always try to get me to model and I never understood why at first. I would do it. As far as fashion, I would do that, too. I just want to have more time on my plate to do it correctly. I don’t half-ass things, I like to take my time and not bullsh*t.