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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 530 days ago
Akon -- Repo Man Gunning for Ferrari in Upside Down Car Deal

Akon
Repo Man Gunning for Ferrari In Upside Down Car Deal [UPDATE!]

A rep for Akon tells TMZ ... Akon loaned the Ferrari to someone who was supposed to make the payment, but did not. The says once Akon learned of the missed payments, he immediately made it right… READ MORE >

- 687 days ago
Akon -- The Jay Z/Beyonce Marriage Feels 'Corporate'

Akon
Jay Z & Beyonce's Marriage Feels 'Corporate'

Jay Z and Beyonce might be crazy in love or they might be headed for a split, but R&B star Akon says the fact they have always kept their relationship private is what has led to so much… READ MORE >

- 696 days ago
Akon -- Team USA Is Strong ... But Mexico Looks Unstoppable!

Akon
Team USA Is Strong, But ... Mexico Looks Unstoppable!

BEWARE TEAM MEXICO ... so says Akon ... who tells TMZ Sports the mean green machine is lookin' so strong, he's picking Memo Ochoa's squad to make it all the way to the World Cup finals!FYI --… READ MORE >

- 743 days ago
Akon -- I DESTROYED A Great House -- & Made It Even Better

Akon
I DESTROYED A Great House & Made It Even Better

Akon just took a perfectly fine suburban home in the San Fernando Valley and gutted it like a fish ... turning it into a SICK new party palace.Real estate sources tell us Akon dropped just under… READ MORE >

- 816 days ago
Akon --Waste Deep in Michael Jackson DNA Stunt

Akon
Waste Deep in MJ DNA Stunt

Akon is SO part of the whole Michael Jackson "The-Kid-Really-Is-My-Son" DNA shenanigans.We got him arriving at LAX Friday and he acted a tad skeptical ... that the freshly-touted B Howard, plain… READ MORE >

- 846 days ago
Akon -- Tech Millionaire Sues -- You Hosed My Ritzy Party

Akon
Tech Millionaire Sues You Hosed My Ritzy Party

Akon knows how to spoil a birthday ... pocketing $125K to sing at a rich businessman's private party in Kuala Lumpur ... then allegedly canceling two days before his performance.Patrick Grove --… READ MORE >

- 857 days ago
Akon to Egyptian Singer -- Pitbull's My Dawg ... But He's Not My Bitch

Akon to Egyptian Singer
Pitbull's My Dawg ... But He's Not My Bitch

Akon does not have Pitbull on a short leash, and never promised the rapper would perform for an Egyptian singer's music video ... this according to new legal docs filed by Akon. TMZ… READ MORE >

- 882 days ago
Egyptian Singer Sues Akon For Not Having Pitbull on a Leash

Egyptian Singer
Sues Akon For Not Having Pitbull on a Leash

Rapper Pitbull torpedoed a famous Egyptian singer's music video -- after the singer spent hundreds of thousands to produce it -- and it's all Akon's fault ... this according to a new… READ MORE >

- 891 days ago

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