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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 502 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 >

- 506 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 >

- 540 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 >

- 679 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 >

- 764 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 >

- 922 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 >

- 930 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 >

- 977 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 >

- 1050 days ago

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