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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 Defends 'Hero' Bill Cosby Following Sexual Assault Conviction

Cosby's My Hero ... How Do We KNOW He Committed Sexual Assault?!

Akon's got Bill Cosby's back ... or so it seems. We got the singer at LAX on Monday and asked him what's the right prison sentence for the disgraced comedian, who was found guilty of… READ MORE >

Akon Balls Up Smokin' Bikini Babes in 1-Man Slam Dunk Sesh

Balls Up Smokin' Bikini Babes ... You're So Booty-Fuuul

Here's Akon having more fun hooping than any of us ever will -- holding court with a SQUAD of hot chicks in bikinis and heels!!! From the jump, you can tell Akon's not playin' ... showing… READ MORE >

- 313 days ago
Akon Envisions 2020 Presidential Run with Mark Zuckerberg as VP

Hey, Mark Zuckerberg ... Let's Run in 2020 and Beat Trump!!!

Akon can see himself in the White House ... and he wants Mark Zuckerberg to help him beat President Trump in 2020. We got the singer at LAX Thursday and wanted to know… READ MORE >

- 314 days ago
Akon Ordered to Cough Up $164k for Failure to Pay Rent

Gets Smacked with Order to Pay $164k

Akon's learning the hard way that giving the cold shoulder never pays ... especially when it comes to lawsuits, cause now he's gotta cough up tons of dough. Akon's been ordered to pay… READ MORE >

- 323 days ago
Akon Says He Could Have Turned the Lights Back on in Puerto Rico Months Ago

I Could Have Restored Power to Puerto Rico Months Ago

Akon says his org could have gotten the lights back on in Puerto Rico within 30 days after Hurricane Maria hit, but the government rejected him. We got Akon Friday night at LAX, and asked about… READ MORE >

- 327 days ago
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 >

- 466 days ago
'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 >

- 489 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 >

- 511 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 >

- 564 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 >

- 577 days ago
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