On paper, you would expect August Alsina to be happy, if not straight-up ecstatic. In 2014, the rising R&B star reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with debut album Testimony, toured with Usher and won best new artist at the BET Awards.
After escaping death, drugs and poverty to become one of R&B's most promising new stars, August Alsina faces a new hurdle -- degenerative eye disease. "I'ma keep squinting until God takes my vision completely."
On a dreary Tuesday morning in New York, Ty Dolla $ign reminisces about the previous weekend's hedonism. "I just sat right there at that couch two days ago," he says, gesturing across the room with a tattooed knuckle. "I had 12 girls sitting around me."