The Big Man of Hip Hop: The Artist Akon


“Nobody wanna see us together but it don’t matter no, ‘cause I got you,” “Smack that, all on the floor, smack that, gimme some more”

As you read along and remembered these particular lyrics, perhaps you just can’t stop yourself from singing those very familiar lines or maybe, just try to hum along those very famous melodies. In case you do wonder, they are just parts of the hit songs of one of Hip hop’s most priced artist. Maybe the youth of this generation can really relate to all these songs because frankly speaking, these are songs that have invaded the radio waves and even music streaming sites. With all these, it is indeed true that the singer and the performing artist of these song is a really one of a kind hip hop artist.

The Big Man

With those memorable song lyrics from one particular artist, only one name comes into view. AKON, as his screen name goes and how he is fondly called by all his fans and coworkers was in fact named Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. Quite and long name isn’t it? Along with this long name also comes the long list of musical achievements this one of a kind performer, recording artist, record producer and songwriter has accumulated to his name all throughout his fruitful years in the music industry.

The Award-Winning Man He Is

Though he may seem modest, standing tall, flashing his huge smile in front of cameras while he enjoys performing in the crowd, he is a man of substance because of his music. What is best is despite his achievements as an award winning artist, he continues to hone his craft. As he founded two successful music labels named Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution, his album “Konvicted” receiving nods as it was nominated for three times in the Grammy Award, he continues to remain strong  as he takes care of the passion he still has in his name. Quite another achievement was him becoming the first solo artist whose album held the one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100. He has songs earning three-time platinum awards and a handful of double platinum and gold record recognitions and was even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the top selling artist of master ringtones in the whole world in the whole history of the industry. He was also named as one of the most powerful celebrities and ranked 6 in the list of the artist of the decade. Quite a record breaking feat it indeed is.

More than Just Music

Unlike other artists who really concentrate on their music, Akon has entered into different fields of endeavor and has definitely been successful in almost everything he does. Aside from being an artist, a songwriter and producer, he also owns a mining company and part of his income in the mining industry are donated to nearby communities for community development. He also leads Konfidence Foundation, a foundation for underprivileged children in Africa.

With all these achievements of his, Akon is indeed one of the blazing artists in the industry. Indeed, the big man of Hip Hop.