Early in 2013, Alsina released "I Luv This Shit" as the first single from his second mixtape, The Product 2. An EP, Downtown: Life Under the Gun, followed in August 2013. "I Luv This Shit" subsequently peaked at number 13 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and crossed into the Hot 100, where it reached number 48. Alsina's proper debut album, Testimony, was released in April 2014. It featured appearances from Rick Ross
, Pusha T
, and Fabolous
, and reached number two on the overall albums chart. The same year, he was hospitalized for seizures and was diagnosed with degenerative eye disease, but he continued to record. This Thing Called Life, his second proper album, was released in December 2015.
Over the next year, Alsina stayed largely quiet, briefly popping up as a guest on DJ Khaled
's "Do You Mind" single. In 2017, he reemerged with "Drugs," the lead single off his third full-length album of the same name. Tentatively slated for release in August of that year, Drugs also featured the singles "Lonely" and "Wait." ~ Andy Kellman