Although Akon was born in the United States, he spent his younger years split between Senegal and America until finally settling with his family in Jersey City, New Jersey, at the age of fifteen. While living in New Jersey, Akon found himself in trouble, which resulted in jailtime. It was there Akon realized his love and passion for music.
Young Hollywood caught up with Akon at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, and heard from pal Ludacris about what a hard working artist he is! With his fast growing success, we are sure to be seeing a lot of great things in the future from this creative singer/songwriter/producer!
FUN FACTS:His father is a famed Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam.
Akon signed Ray Lavender as his first artist with Kon Live Distribution under Interscope Records in 2006.