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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 Backs Nelly, Says He's Innocent and Girls May Target Him for a Quick Payday

Has Nelly's Back Guys Like Us are Targets!!

Akon firmly believes there's no way Nelly raped anyone, and his theory on what led to his friend's arrest echoes what Nelly claims himself. We got the singer at LAX Saturday, and our guy… READ MORE >

'Love and Hip Hop Hollywood' Star Moniece Slaughter Accused of Weird Check Scheme

'Love and Hip Hop Hollywood'
Moniece Slaughter Accused of Weird Check Scheme

"Love and Hip Hop Hollywood" star Moniece Slaughter was taken to court by a friend of hers who claims her former NBA star boyfriend wrote checks in the friend's name to pay her rent. Timothy… READ MORE >

- 160 days ago
Akon Says the 'Blacks for Trump' Guy is a Sellout, Just Like Other Republicans

'Blacks for Trump' Guy's a Sellout ... Just Like the GOP

Akon thinks the guy holding the "Blacks for Trump" sign at his Phoenix rally has sold himself -- and the black community -- out for a quick buck ... not unlike the rest of the GOP. We got the… READ MORE >

- 182 days ago
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 >

- 236 days ago
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 >

- 248 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 >

- 270 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 >

- 296 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 >

- 344 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 >

- 386 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 >

- 387 days ago
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