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Akon, born Aliaune Thiam, grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) eventually settled in the USA, in the state of New Jersey. There he discovered hip-hop and R&B music as well as crime. He was eventually jailed, but he used the time to work on his musical ideas. Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which eventually released "Trouble," Akon's debut LP, in June 2004. The album was an interesting hybrid of Akon's hip-hop-influenced sung lyrics and silky, West African-styled vocals with East Coast- and Southern-styled beats.  See full bio on IMDb »

Akon Says if Jay-Z Disses You, You Probably Deserve It

If Jay-Z Fires Shots ... He Can Back it Up

Akon's got some advice for anyone Jay-Z puts on blast -- just let it go. We got the singer at LAX Friday and asked him about Jay firing off at people like Kanye and Eric Benet on his new… READ MORE >

Akon Crowd Surfs and Eats it Hard in Canada!!!

Crowd Surfs, Eats it Hard in Canada!!

11:24 PM PT-- Akon just set the record straight -- saying he fell on purpose to crowd surf and get extra close with his fans -- he also posted a video from an alternate angle to support his… READ MORE >

- 64 days ago
Akon Gets His Champagne Spray On in Monte Carlo Ahead of Moncaco Grand Prix (VIDEO)

Spray Happy in Monte Carlo

Akon must've been really excited for the Monaco Grand Prix to start this weekend ... or maybe he just likes spraying champagne in Monte Carlo for the hell of it. Whatever the case ... Akon was… READ MORE >

- 86 days ago
Akon Sued by Business Partner for $150 Million

Akon Sued
By Business Partner ... You Owe Me $150 Mil

Akon's been holding out on his biz partner for more than 10 years, and now owes a staggering $150 million in unpaid fees ... according to Devyne Stephens, anyway. Stephens is the music exec… READ MORE >

- 112 days ago
Akon's Tesla Stolen from Home, Found Within Hours

My Tesla Got Jacked ... And Then I Got It Back!

Akon's Tesla went out for a joyride ... with a burglar, but the heist was cut short by technology. Sources close to Akon tell TMZ ... a burglar entered the garage Saturday night at his Woodland… READ MORE >

- 160 days ago
Akon Says President Trump's Got Courage But ... (VIDEO)

Prez Trump Has Courage, But ...

Donald Trump is America's most courageous president ever ... or at least Akon thinks he could be, despite his controversial immigration policy. Akon, who is Muslim, actually… READ MORE >

- 203 days ago
Akon Says Donald Trump Has Made Americans Targets (VIDEO)

Trump Has Made Americans Targets

Akon is really scared ... because he travels abroad a lot and thinks Donald Trump has put a big fat target on his head. The singer thinks it's not just Americans whom Trump has put in… READ MORE >

- 203 days ago
Akon's Producer Is Suing Him for Royalties

Accused of Playing Hide the Dough ... Producer Sues

Akon was not down to share the wealth from his hits, which is why he kept one of his producers in the dark ... according to a lawsuit. Leland Clopton claims Akon's record label, Konvict… READ MORE >

- 251 days ago
Akon -- Worried About Kanye ... Keeping My Eye On 'Kardashian Kurse' (VIDEO)

Worried About Kanye ... Keeping My Eye On 'Kardashian Kurse'

Kanye West was bound to end up in a hospital ... IF you buy into the long rumored Kardashian curse supposedly haunting all the men in that family, and Akon might be a believer. Akon was… READ MORE >

- 272 days ago
Akon -- Buy My Fixer-Upper For $2.5 Mil! (PHOTOS)

Buy My Fixer-Upper For Only $2.5 Mil!

Akon put his home on the market, but anyone looking to snatch it up better bring a checkbook AND a handyman. The Sandy Springs, GA crib hit the market for $2.595 million, and the… READ MORE >

- 472 days ago
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