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Akon

Artist, Producer, and Philanthropist

Akon is a Senegalese American singer, songwriter and record producer known for his R&B-style vocals and hits such as “Locked Up,” “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You.”

He has released several hit albums that combine his R&B-style vocals with hip-hop beats, and he has collaborated with many other musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson.

Akon's debut album, Trouble, was released in 2004. His second album, 2006's Konvicted, was received with much success. Several singles from the album became hits that topped the Billboard charts. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

In 2018 Akon partnered with the Senegalese government to build Akon City, a 100 percent crypto-based city that uses Akon’s own cryptocurrency, Akoin. His entrepreneurial endeavors include clothing lines—Konvict and Aliaune—and various real estate investments. He also founded the Konfidence Foundation with the mission of empowering disadvantaged youth in Africa and the United States.

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