This Friday will see the release of a new album from August AlsinaTaking to Instagram Wednesday, the singer shared the artwork for the project, which is titled Myself.

“I’ve gone from a young boy to a man,” he says in a voice-over on the announcement video. “A man who’s wiser, smarter, stronger because of my experiences and adversities I’ve faced, and a man who is more resilient.”

News of August’s forthcoming album comes days after he was alluded to in Chris Rock‘s Netflix special Selective Outrage. 

Will Smith practices ‘selective outrage,’” Rock said when discussing the infamous Oscars slap. “Everybody who really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that sh**. I didn’t have any ‘entanglements.’ His wife was f***ing her son’s friend. I normally would not talk about this sh**.”

Alsina revealed in 2020 that he’d been in a relationship with Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, between 2018 and 2019.

“I have no idea why two talented people would do something that … lowdown,” Rock said. “We’ve all been cheated on. Everybody in here been cheated on. None of us has ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us … on television. She hurt him way more than he hurt me.”

August’s rep denied rumors that he laughed at Rock’s joke. “This is a lie,” the rep told Entertainment Tonight. “Mr. Alsina has not seen Chris Rock’s special at all, as he’s been busy on tour.” 

Myself will mark August’s first full-length effort since 2020’s The Product III: State of Emergency.

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