August Alsina Claims Def Jam Is Holding His Album Hostage

“Tell Them to FREE ME & the Album."

August Alsina hasn’t released a studio album since This Called Life in 2015, and apparently there is a very good reason why. The R&B crooner recently posted an explanation on Twitter on Nov. 13, alleging Def Jam is holding his next album hostage.

When a fan asked him about the holdup on a new album, Alsina politely replied, pointing the finger at his record label. "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 wrote. Although it’s unclear what he meant by the system not being “up and running,” he went on to claim the “label is just TRASH.” 

All hope isn’t lost however. Alsina assured fans that new music is coming soon. “I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up.” In the meantime, he asked his followers to: “Tell Them to FREE ME & the Album."

This isn’t the first time Alsina has butted heads with Def Jam. Back in 2015, the “No Love” singer unleashed a social media assault against the label over how it leaked This Thing Called Life. He claimed the label dropped the album a day before its scheduled roll-out date, which, in turn, “sucked all the life out of him.”

August has previously release four singles in preparation of his delayed album, including, “Wait,” “Lonely,” “Don’t Matter” and “Drugs.” Let’s hope fans get an album release date soon. 

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