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The mere act of surviving on a day to day basis is the foundation from which a true artist builds his craft. Multi-talented newcomer AKON is no exception to this rule. His dynamic debut album, TROUBLE, a collection of stirring songs, creatively reflects the ups and downs of the singer/songwriter/producer's life experiences. A crafty blend of soulful hip-hop, TROUBLE is AKON's vibrant first time tour-de-force.
"TROUBLE evolved from the struggles I went through and what I did and am still doing to correct those things," offers AKON, who has had his fair share of adolescent problems with both the legal and school system, as is reflected in his redemption song "Trouble Nobody." "I've got a habit of writing about everything I go through," he explains, "and this album gives a glimpse of where I am now."
To understand where AKON is right now is just half the equation. The other half lies in where he came from: this young artist possesses a unique history. A Senegalese African, AKON moved to the United States when he was seven. His family is headed by legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, whose expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has been touted as "unrivaled." Being brought up in an environment that treasures the true artistic value of musicianship and revels in the mastering of instrumental skill has had a momentous affect on AKON.
It was AKON's deep rooted love and passion for music, evolving from filial admiration, which allowed him to turn his life around, despite his trouble as a youth residing in New Jersey. AKON began playing several different percussion instruments and eventually embraced hip-hop music and culture, despite his initial disdain for the genre. "When I first heard hip-hop I thought it was rubbish because I didn't understand the concept of people talking over music," AKON recalls, "But as I started growing up, living a little and listening to the lyrics, I realized that I was going through a lot of stuff these rappers were talking about and I could relate."
Once hip-hop took over his life, AKON's musical development exploded and he began channeling his energy into writing and producing his own music. Songs such as "Show Out" display how much hip-hop has influenced him. Over the sparsely yet hard hitting groove, "Don't tempt me/'Cuz I'm close to the edge/I'm trying not to lose my head," ring the lyrics that cleverly integrates original school lyrics. At the same time, the song pays homage to hip-hop pioneers all while maintaining its own identity.
Meanwhile, his first single "Bananza (Belly Dance)" exhibits another side of the artist. On this song AKON puts forth a feel-good vibe. Singing over a seductive and sensual beat, "Bananza (Belly Dance)," is one of AKON's most irresistible tracks. The song integrates a unique up tempo dance beat with a distinct wind instrumentation floating in the background guaranteed to improve every listener's mood. The reason for this, AKON says, "There are a lot of negative things going on today." "We need to party and just have fun," he continues, "'Bananza…' is a party record. You just go in the club, party and enjoy those beautiful women."
However, life does not solely revolve around beautiful women and leisure time and AKON is well aware of this. On the somber, soulful "Ghetto" and the meditative, impressive "Journey," AKON gives listeners an in-depth look into a harsher world, one that is just as gripping as it is chilling. But rather than sensationalize his own drama, AKON transmits, to his audience, the feeling of being a part of his inner circle.
AKON's personal appeal and ability to reach a listener is a part of his whole package: a package that includes, most importantly, his distinctive vocals and a relaxed singing style. It is as though he is speaking to you as he sings in a very intimate manner. "When I sing the sound comes from the mood that I am in. These records are coming straight from the heart," AKON divulges.
Genuine and honest, AKON's music is a step in a new direction: a trajectory that will lead us on a delightfully fulfilling path. Says AKON, "When I'm on the mic, I'm just giving the listener a part of me." Be prepared to receive it.
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I DO TRULY THANK JAH HE LOVEZ AKON & ME. | Reviewer: DONSACE | 3/13/13
ME, MYSELF & I-IZ A BLESSING TO ALLOW GOD TO SEE WHAT HE HAS TO
SHOW US OURSELF IN ORDER TO HELP US BE ABLE TO MAKE OUR LIFE COUNT IN THIZ EVIL PLACE CALLED WORLD-GOD WORD IZ HE LOVEZ US.-ROMANS 5:7-11 & GALATIANS 3:13-AMEN.
Real music concept. | Reviewer: Delia Enwesi | 1/4/13
Ever since i heard lonely,mama Africa & pot of gold from you,ive always wanted hear more of ur songs & and when u did a collabo wit psquare from Nigeria "chop my money" mhen it was d bomb.All d same i jst want 2 say keep doing wat you're doing, Africa & would always stand by you 1 love to you dear.So proud of you.
Convict music 4 life | Reviewer: Chris chigoz | 9/23/12
Akon Thiam to me, u're d best musician d whole world.I luv ur musics infact i derives joy listenin' ur music, i luv al ur music mostly,banaza trouble,locked up,mama africa,be wit u.i wanna luv u,i can't wait,i tried just name them,i can pass a day without fud but, can't pass a day without listenin to ur songs,i wanna b like u,i luv ya Akon Thiam.
akon | Reviewer: mrjrob313 | 9/12/12
i am your biggest fan i listen to u all the time an have all your cds my goal in life is to get signed with you and work on my music with my role motel i put videos on youtube if you get some time check it out the name its under is mrjrob313 thank u for ur music your the best singer this world has ever seen
The Struggles,strife,n Success of a persistent MAN | Reviewer: dave_lynx2000 | 9/10/12
Ur rich life story resonates in todays ratrace chase of success n pursuit of happiness!Ur gifts iz "one of a kind"rare n even more astounding iz ur self discovery.Ur voice gives Hope 2 a rusting n convicted soul n even more encouraging is ur soulfood lyrics!
Lovely music thro the journey of life,one love. | Reviewer: Max A Million | 8/3/12
AKon i want you to kno that i listen to your music everyday @work and it inspire me to keep on going when i feel down and out and just plain tired,you have a beautiful voice and i can relate the the songs that you sing and iam in my 50 but i love your music.
U diserve 2 luv Akon | Reviewer: T u Ardo | 7/4/12
Akon u diserve luv y bcos ur voice make it so. We pround of u, more especially we 'AFRICA', i'm going crazy when listening ur song's more especially, MAMA AFRICA, FREEDOM, GHETTO, LONELY. I hv nothing 2 say rather sayin i luv u. T u Ardo frm Taraba State of Nigeria
Want 2b lyk u | Reviewer: Mvea | 6/12/12
Akon am a rapper an wil b api if u sign me 2 konvit music,i can make konvit musik bigger an more knwn dan YMCMB wit my talent,here iz my numba08182905923,pls cal me an i wil b api.luv u cos u r my mentol.
proud of you | Reviewer: mamyakon | 4/14/12
just dream of the day when i will meet you. i am proud of how you'veget through difficulties and become AKON. you were born to do it. love the way you represent senegal. no need to tell you how much i love you just waiting for the day i l meet you. i know it gonna happen
Ma main man! Swagalicious Akon. | Reviewer: Eddyluv Eta | 4/10/12
Hav alwys desire 2b lyk u eva since i heard ur song tittle 'u never took the time'.wen eva i listen to your songs,i'm inspiried,and hope to meet ya someday. 1luv man...praying....
Connel young money | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/1/12
Connel young money from nigeria.akon u ar de best nd will allways be de best.thoug i av been haering u a death but i dn't beleave dat.am wishin u long life so dat u can go on wit ur good works. One luv akon
T C A | Reviewer: Ani Tochukwu christian | 3/26/12
Akon damala ure d best singer in d world,i like all ur music d way u sing is too unique.wen i listin 2 gheto and some other musics of yours i get motivated.u hav d best swag.am always feel like being with you jst 4 a moment.AKON I LOVE U ND I WANT 2 SEE YOU MY SINGER.AM A NIGERIAN 4rm Enugu state.LUV U.
akon singing | Reviewer: taha akhtar | 3/12/12
i think akon is the best singer in d world n i love akon's song . my favourites r "i wanna make up right now now now" , "smack that" , "i wanna love u" etc. akon was the best singer ,is d best singer , will be the best singer .
I love you Akon! | Reviewer: Marek(Mk Konvicted) | 2/23/12
I love you Akon, your songs, your wear, your voice and singing, videos and etc. I love all that is about you, Akon
One More time, We Don't Care, Right Now (Na Na Na), Pot Of Gold, Sorry, Blame It On Me, Freedom, Smack That, Angel, Keep You Much Longer, Never Took The Time, Locked Up, Lonely and etc. it's my lovely your songs, Thank You that you are
And I don't believe that you're dead, I feel this in my heart.
I love you Akon!
He is original mentor | Reviewer: Akinkunmi | 1/6/12
Akon can be termed not only a motivational singer, not only singing about love but a mentor. I think deeply and meditate on his songs especially "ghetto, sorry blame it on me etc". Real man indeed!
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