Break out artist August Alsina debuted the visual to his single ‘FML’ ft. Pusha T. The track and video are so much more than a dope beat and creative visual. ‘FML’, a single off his current album ‘Testimony’, details Alsina’s less than perfect experiences growing up. He talks bout his suicidal thoughts, and despite the dark tone of the video, it closes with an uplifting message to others struggling with the same demons.
“I’ve been where you are …through the struggle and through the pain, it’s what makes us stronger than most. When there seems to be no way forward in life, you have to make a way.”
In ‘FML’, August and Pusha T experience tragedy in the video. The video also depicts several scenes of Alsina burning money, in an effort to convey such a necessary message, that money isn’t everything.
Such a necessary message for Men and Women today with suicide being the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24, and third for those 12-18, It is refreshing to see such a notable figure in media speaking on such a heavy subject. Some of the leading causes of suicide range from, untreated depression, feeling trapped and hopeless, abuse, and bullying. Alsina lets us into his world in the lyrics of his song,
“Let me tell you bout my self: I’m not scared to die Been through so much shit, sometimes I wanna vein the sky. Wanna know how it feels to fly, wanna know how it feels to fly Scared of hello, I ain’t scared of goodbye
See I grew up in the jungle, where everybody broke, A lot of niggas never make it, all they know is selling dope, Life ain’t easy in the Easy, murder capitol, Might not make it here tomorrow, like I’m running outta hope”
KONTROL wants you to know, no matter what you are going through; tomorrow is always a do over. You are not alone. For more information on suicide, and help if you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-SUICIDE OR 1-800-TALK. Also visit www.suicide.org and www.afsp.org.