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Akon’s appeal is in the way he effortlessly straddles the worlds of saccharine R&B and hardcore hip-hop. For decades these areas were firmly segregated. Can you imagine Lionel Richie duetting with Run-DMC? Or Luther Vandross singing the hook on an LL Cool J track? Not only can Akon put a song like “Shake Down” (“Cause you will rarely find me / Without my weapon on me”) next to a song like “Never Took the Time” (“I can’t believe that your love is gone…why can’t you understand my pain?”) he is also an expert at wrapping extremely crude lyrics in sugar-coated melodies. His collaboration with Snoop Dogg, “I Wanna Love You,” has all the sincere yearning of a wedding vow, until you realize that Akon is singing about lusting for a stripper on a pole. But such is his charm. His voice has a candy clarity that is perfectly suited to the kind of delirious song epitomized by “Smack That.” At the same time, “Don’t Matter” displays a strikingly plainspoken voice and melodic sensibility (partly absorbed from the deep musical culture of his native Senegal) that make his songs hard to forget.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!!!

This album is awesome. (Get the clean sounds better and your parents will be happier.) I definitely think that the whole album is worth buying! IT'S GREAT!!!!!!


the best 1. smack that 2.i wanna love you 3.shake down

Akon at his best

His last album was great, but this is amazing. Not to mention that it also has Smack that and some new songs that will definatly hit the charts. Can't wait to hear another...


Born: October 14, 1981 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although he was born in St. Louis, Missouri, singer, songwriter, and producer 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 — a total of three years, he claimed — to work on his musical ideas. Upon release, Akon...
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