10/14/1981, Dakar, Senegal

Birth Name

Aliaune Thiam



Also Known As

A.K., Aliaune Thiam
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Aliaune Thiam, aka Akon, grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) eventually settled in New Jersey. There he discovered hip-hop for the first time, as well as crime. He was eventually jailed, but he used the time to work…more


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    • Akon: I will be the same person; I can't really see myself changing. I am just happy people can relate to my music like I do.

    • Akon: I grew up [in Senegal] but I was born in St. Louis. My mom and pop made sure we were all born in the States, that way we wouldn't have any immigration problems. We came here to go to school. Then in the summer we would go back to Senegal. Eventually, after high school, I ended up staying.

    • Akon: As a kid, growin' up, I can't front, it was hard. I was just coming in from Africa. I was mad black. Dark skin wasn't in style. My accent was crazy. I was getting teased and fighting, but you know, kids are gonna be kids anyway. But they didn't give me the impression that I didn't get along with them. I ended up making crazy friends once they got to know me. I just think it's a lack of understanding. People stereotype you before they get to know you as a person.

    • Akon: Growing up, I was always surrounded by musicians. After I got into that trouble, got locked up and when I got out I couldn't work a regular 9 to 5 like everybody else because of being locked up. The only jobs available were minimum wage. With today's economy, it's hard to survive on minimum wage, so I had to find another way to keep a lifestyle and live day to day, so I realized I was going to be an artist and give it a shot.

    • Akon: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When I was stealing cars I used to think, "If I stole your car it's because you did something bad and it's coming back to you. If I can't get this car, it's because God doesn't want me to have it because this is a good person." If I wanted to steal a car and took it, no problem, I figured it was because this person who owned it had done wrong and God was letting me steal their car as retribution. That's absolutely ludicrous! It's ridiculous. [Laughs] But that's how I thought at the time.

    • Akon: I love Phil Collins. "In The Air Tonight" is an incredible song. I hope to work with Phil. He's got an amazing vocal tone. His vocal tone makes me cry.

    • Akon: The language barrier [was the toughest transition when coming to the US]. Learning to speak English. Nobody in the U.S. really speaks French. Well, not in New Jersey!

    • Akon: [The cops] play my song "Locked Up" in their cars when they pick kids up and are taking them to jail. The police told me that the song is the police department's anthem. It doesn't get realer than that.

  • Cool

    Akons Ok. I dont think hes anything special, but his voice is pretty different from the other singers and rappers. I guess you can say Akon has some originality! His voice is pretty whiny tho, some of his songs sound really crazy and some are really catchy! Anyway, Keep up the good work Akon! Go check out Akons new cd to! Akon looks like hes a very nice person to. Akon is alright in my book! I was going to say he was average but I am going to change it! He isnt average hes " Oringinal! "moreless
  • i think his songs and his singing is really no bad..

    wellthe first time i saw or heard his singing i was amazed at how good he was and now im buying his Cd's and they're awsome!!!i think he is very talented in singing and also is very good at writing songs only if he did write the songs...i mostly love his song don't matter i think its pretty new right now and yeh he's my brothers favorite singer i think he rocks and withput his songs nobosy in this world would feel better well i think i betteer go ciiya and buy his CD's or hear his songs onlione they are REAl good!moreless