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Freedom, Akon


December 2nd, 2008

Birth Name:
Aliaune Thiam


Hip Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'00s, '10s


Hip-Hop/R&B: 2005
Hip-Hop/R&B: 2007



Although he was born in St. Louis, MO, Aliaune Thiam — aka Akon — grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) returned to the United States and settled in New Jersey when he was seven. There he discovered hip-hop for the first time, as well as crime. He was eventually jailed but he used the time — three years, he claimed — 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 silky, West African-styled vocals with East Coast- and Southern-styled beats. The success of the song "Locked Up," a Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hit, made Akon a star and desired collaborator. After appearing on Young Jeezy's "Soul Survivor," his number of guest appearances seemed to multiply each month. Konvicted, his second album, was released in November 2006. Soon enough, two of the album's singles, "I Wanna Love You" and "Smack That," made their way to the upper regions of the Billboard charts. The surprisingly Europop-flavored Freedom, his third album, followed two years later, and it repeated Konvicted's chart success by peaking within the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Akon subsequently maintained a relatively low profile but resurfaced in November 2010 with Akonic.

Top Albums

Freedom, Akon
1. Freedom
Konvicted, Akon
2. Konvicted
Konvicted (Exclusive Version), Akon
3. Konvicted (E..
Trouble, Akon
4. Trouble
Who Dat Girl (feat. Akon) - Deluxe Single, Flo Rida
5. Who Dat Girl..
Konvicted (Deluxe Explicit Audio Edition), Akon
6. Konvicted (D..
Trouble, Akon
7. Trouble
Konvicted (Deluxe Edition), Akon
8. Konvicted (D..
Can You Believe It (Featuring Akon) - EP, Akon
9. Can You Beli..
Get Low Wit It (feat. Akon) - EP, Romeo
10. Get Low Wit ..
Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim) - Single, Akon
11. Gunshot (Fie..
What's Love (feat. Akon) - EP, Shaggy
12. What's Love ..
Sucker for Love, Akon
13. Sucker for L..
The Lifestyles of International Millionaires Compilation, Vol. 1 (feat. Akon)
14. The Lifestyl..
Lonely - Single, Akon
15. Lonely - Sin..
Snitch - Single, Obie Trice
16. Snitch - Sin..
Snitch - Single, Obie Trice
17. Snitch - Sin..
Girls Featuring Akon - Single, Akon
18. Girls Featur..
Girls (Featuring Akon) - Single, Akon
19. Girls (Featu..
Coulibaly (Akon Remix) - Single, Amadou & Mariam
20. Coulibaly (A..

Top Songs

Right Now (Na Na Na)Freedom4:00$1.29
Sexy Chick (feat. Akon)One More Love3:15$1.29
Smack That (Dirty)Konvicted3:32$1.29
I Wanna Love YouKonvicted4:06$1.29
Don't MatterKonvicted4:53$1.29
Crank It Up (feat. Akon)Nothing But the Beat3:12$1.29
I'm So PaidFreedom4:24$1.29
Sorry, Blame It On MeSorry, Blame It On Me - Sin..4:55$1.29
Lonely (Old Version) [Dirty]Trouble3:55$1.29
Soul SurvivorLet's Get It: Thug Moti..4:40$0.99
Locked UpTrouble3:55$1.29
AngelAngel - Single3:35$1.29
Smack ThatKonvicted (Exclusive Versio..3:32$1.29
I Wanna Love YouKonvicted (Exclusive Versio..4:06$1.29
Move That Body5.0 (Deluxe Version)3:24$1.29
9MMGreatest Story Ever Told4:07$0.99
Lonely (Disney Edit)Lonely - Single3:57$1.29
Be With YouFreedom3:51$1.29
Chammak ChalloChammak Challo - Single3:47$0.99
Keep You Much LongerFreedom4:20$1.29
Bananza (Belly Dancer) [12" Vers..Trouble3:58$1.29
Baby, I'm BackBaby I'm Back - Single3:41$0.99
Don't MatterKonvicted (Exclusive Versio..4:53$1.29

Top Music Videos

Smack That, Akon
1. Smack That
Soul Survivor, Akon & Young Jeezy
2. Soul Survivor
I Wanna Love You, Akon featuring Snoop Dogg
3. I Wanna Love Y..
Don't Matter, Akon
4. Don't Matter
I'm So Paid, Akon, Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy
5. I'm So Paid
Right Now (Na Na Na), Akon
6. Right Now (Na ..
Still Will, 50 Cent & Akon
7. Still Will
Sorry, Blame It On Me, Akon
8. Sorry, Blame I..
Beautiful, Akon, Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall
9. Beautiful
Dangerous, Kardinal Offishall & Akon
10. Dangerous
Ghetto, Akon
11. Ghetto
Kush, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Akon
12. Kush
Baby I'm Back, Akon & Baby Bash
13. Baby I'm Back
Body On Me, Nelly, Ashanti & Akon
14. Body On Me
Ghetto (Memorial Version), Akon
15. Ghetto (Memori..
I Am Not My Hair (Remix), Akon & India.Arie
16. I Am Not My Ha..
Oh Africa, Akon
17. Oh Africa
Overtime, Ace Hood, Akon & T-Pain
18. Overtime
Kush, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Akon
19. Kush
Move That Body (Closed-Captioned), Nelly, T-Pain & Akon
20. Move That Body..


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