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TRIBUTE TO AKON
- Me, Myself, and I
- Akon is the son of jazz percussionist Mor Thiam. He grew up in Senegal until he was seven, when his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and as such he speaks English, French, and Wolof. In Jersey City he attended Snyder High School, where he discovered hip hop music. His first song was entitled "Operations of Nature," which he recorded at age 15. Later, he was jailed for armed robbery and drug charges, and used his time in prison to work on his music. Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in his home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which released Akon's debut LP Trouble in June 2004. The album is a hybrid of Akon's silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats. s
Akon is also planning to work on a full-length movie about his life. The title has been confirmed as Illegal Alien , and the release date is unknown at the time.
In February 2007, Akon's clothing line, Konvict Clothing, will launch.