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Leeds rap artist releases debut album inspired during stay at St James's Hospital

30 June 2021

Leeds rap artist August.III found himself at the beginning of 2020 as an inpatient on Ward J91, unable to walk, and with time to reflect on how he wanted to move forward with his life. During this time, he made the most of his situation and used what he had to hand to record an album of new material – which has now just been released.

Hospital Talk Artwork FINALHaving gone under the knife to correct a stomach issue, August.III was an inpatient in St James’s Hospital until just before the first lockdown. After a series of surgeries, the 25-year-old was left facing a lengthy recovery period.

“I was low, I was feeling unwell. It is at those times that you really have to pick yourself up and decide how you want to proceed,” he said.

Sitting in his dressing gown, with only an old-school Apple headphone mic to hand, August.III recorded his debut EP – Hospital Talk.  

“Even though I was in a dark place I wanted to focus on what I wanted to achieve when I got better. For the good of my mental health, I knew I had to focus on the future and let my mind go there. Now I have the opportunity to fulfil that potential.

The musician’s debut EP, ‘Hospital Talk’, charts the emotional highs and lows of August.III’s experience during this time. Released on Marylebone Records, the album’s first single, Paaji, has already had 250,000 streams on Spotify.

August III visitAugust.III recently visited the team on Ward J91 to express his gratitude for the care they gave him during this time.

He said: “Without their dedication and care it wouldn’t have been possible to realise my dream of becoming a professional artist. I am forever thankful to everyone who cared for me during that period of my life.

“I also want to send a message to others who may be going through a tough time right now and tell them there is always a way up.”

A video of his visit can be watched on the LTHT YouTube channel.

Hospital Talk is out now on all major streaming platforms