Akon lyrics reflect an unusual upbringing plus time
in jail for armed robbery and drugs. Akon was born Aliaune Thiam
in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Senegal, Africa until he was
7-years-old, when his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. Akon
is a practicing Muslim living a polygamist lifestyle with three
wives and drives a Lamborghini Gallardo.
In his young life, to date, Akon has spent five years in jail beginning
at age 15, in separate convictions for grand theft auto and drug
possession. In high school, Akon was known as a "bad boy",
being kicked out for selling guns and the answers to test questions.
Akon has stated that he had learned a lot from his time in jail
and this time gave him an opportunity to work on his lyrics and
On the Trouble album, the song "Locked Up" is
autobiographical in the sense that the protagonist gets locked up
in jail for car theft and drugs. He's also trying to convince a
lover (or ex-lover) to accept his phone calls because he's in dire
On the same album, "Lonely" samples Bobby Vinton's music
and lyrics on "Mr. Lonely". Akon's lyrics to "Lonely"
talk about taking his lover for granted, feeling the deep loneliness
without her and wanting to make it up to her. It's also a cautionary
tale to the other brothers in the same situation not to do as the
protagonist has done. The song and lyrics were written by Akon and
G. Allen and became a worldwide hit in 2005.
On the Konvicted album, the song "Smack
That" features fellow rapper Eminem.
Some of the Akon lyrics are sexual in nature as in the line, "And
possibly bend you over look back and watch me." The song is
also somewhat autobiographical in nature since it mentions the singer's
Lamborghini Gallardo and Akon does own one of these expensive, exotic
The song, "I Want to Love You" is a song about lust originally
written by a Florida rapper named Plies. Akon and Snoop Dogg changed
some of the lyrics and dropped Plies from the credits due to back
publicity that Plies and his band had brought upon themselves. The
song lyrics are about the protagonist who notices a dancer at a
strip bar and lusts after her as well as wanting to have a relationship
with her. The F-word had to be removed from the title of the song
and replaced with "Love" so that the single would be more
Akon is up for a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Rap / Sung Collaboration
for the song "Smack That".