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Akon

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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 »

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Akon to Dr. Luke -- Cut Kesha Loose!!! (VIDEO)

Akon to Dr. Luke
Cut Kesha Loose

Akon lives by a simple precept ... if someone doesn't want to be with you, just let them go. We got Akon at LAX Monday and he sounds like the ultimate voice of reason. He's not taking sides with… READ MORE >

Akon -- Louis Farrakhan is Dead Wrong ... LeBron James Is NOT A Slave

Akon
Louis Farrakhan is Dead Wrong ... LeBron James Is NOT A Slave

Akon is calling major BS on Louis Farrakhan ... saying comments he made comparing NBA basketball to modern day slavery -- and LeBron James to a slave -- are totally and completely off base.… READ MORE >

- 485 days ago
Akon -- Anti-Beyonce Cops Are Childish and Petty (VIDEO)

Akon
Anti-Beyonce Cops Are Childish and Petty

Akon is applauding Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam for having Beyonce's back after cops called for a boycott of her upcoming Miami concert.  We got Akon arriving at LAX and… READ MORE >

- 485 days ago
Akon -- Hey Mom, Merry Early XMAS ... Take My Home, Please

Akon
Hey Mom, Merry Early XMAS Take My Home, Please

Akon already feels the holiday spirit ... he just turned over the deed to his Atlanta home to his mom. It's a 5 bedroom pad about an hour outside of the ATL. Akon bought the home a decade ago… READ MORE >

- 578 days ago
Akon -- I Passed On My Hairdresser Turned Rapper ... No Regrets (VIDEO)

Akon
I Passed On My Hairdresser Turned Rapper No Regrets

Akon has no regrets he didn't sign his hairdresser to a record deal ... now that she's a big deal on "Empire." We showed Akon a pic of Bre-Z at LAX Monday and he immediately… READ MORE >

- 612 days ago
Akon -- I Don't Regret Passing On Drake ... One Bit (VIDEO)

Akon
I Don't Regret Passing on Drake ... One Bit

Akon is not a second-guesser, and that's why he has no second thoughts about his decision to take a pass on signing Drake before the Canadian blew up. We got Akon at LAX Tuesday when our photog… READ MORE >

- 625 days ago
Akon -- Justin Bieber's a Grown Man ... He Makes His Own Weed Decisions (VIDEO)

Akon
Bieber's a Grown Man He Makes His Own Weed Decisions

Akon is scoffing at the notion Justin Bieber chugged booze an very possibly smoke a joint onstage this week because of a dare. As we reported, Justin chugged from a Hennessy bottle and grabbed a… READ MORE >

- 629 days ago
Akon Sued -- Mansion Floors Don't Come Cheap ... Pay Up, Man!

Akon Sued
Mansion Floors Don't Come Cheap ... Pay Up, Man!

Akon's Georgia mansion continues to be a thorn in his side ... as yet another contractor is claiming he didn't get paid for working on the superstar producer and singer's floors.    A… READ MORE >

- 664 days ago
Akon -- Dear President ... Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

Akon
Dear President ... Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

Akon has the same crisis we all do -- what the hell do ya buy an African president who has everything?! The answer, according to Akon ... is a $350k tricked out bulletproof ride. The… READ MORE >

- 803 days ago
Akon Sued -- Your Mama Screwed Me On Pimped Out Floors

Akon Sued
Your Mama Screwed Me On Pimped Out Floors

Akon will be walking on water if his super baller glass floor ever gets installed -- but the contractor says it ain't happening until he gets paid, and Akon's mom stops flaking out on the… READ MORE >

- 887 days ago
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