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He can’t see ’em coming down his eyes, so August made this song cry.

Inspired by Jay Z’s 2002 hit “Song Cry,” New Orleans crooner August Alsina releases his own version of the song. Reflecting on some of his life’s darkest moments, August sings, “I tried to buy my mama’s love, she don’t appreciate it.”

August also makes references to suicidal thoughts, pressure from his musical peers, and name-drops J. Cole and Drake. August’s forthcoming sophomore album This Thing Called Life is due out sometime soon.

Take a listen to “Song Cry” above.

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