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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 Says Eddie Murphy Needs to Cast Real Africans in 'Coming to America 2'

Akon on 'Coming to America 2'
Yo, Eddie & Arsenio ... Cast Real Africans This Time

Akon has some words of encouragement and advice for Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall as they dive into the "Coming to America" sequel -- get some real Africans on the set!!! The Senegal-raised… READ MORE >

Akon's Producing His 15-Year-Old Son's First Track, Sounds Eerily Familiar

Producing Son's First Track ... Move Over, Dad!!!

Akon's ready to show off the most prized artist on his roster ... his own son!!! The singer tells TMZ ... his 15-year-old son, Jahvor -- aka Jah -- is getting ready to drop his first EP with… READ MORE >

- 88 days ago
Akon Sides With NFL in Kaepernick Super Bowl Debate

Akon to Black Artists
Passing on Super Bowl Doesn't Help ... And I'll Tell You Why

Akon's got a hot take on African-American singers and rappers blowing off the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, and it sounds like he's NOT exactly down with the boycott in support of Colin… READ MORE >

- 137 days ago
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 >

- 408 days ago
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 >

- 468 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 >

- 468 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 >

- 477 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 >

- 481 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 >

- 620 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 >

- 644 days ago
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