Akon is a celebrated American-born Senegalese songwriter, singer, actor, record producer and businessman who shot to fame with ‘Locked Up’, which was the first single from his debut album ‘Trouble’. He followed up this success with his second album ‘Konvicted’ which bagged in two Grammy nominations. Akon is also the founder of two buoyant record labels namely ‘Kon Live Distributions’ and ‘Konvict Muzik’. He also holds the record for being the first solo artist who simultaneously held the number one and two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart two times. Akon has also recorded songs in Spanish, Tamil and Hindi. He also holds the ‘Guinness Book Of World Records’ for being the best-selling artist for master ringtones in the world. Here is a compilation of famous lines, words, thoughts, opinions and views that the renowned artist has shared through his songs, lyrics, writings, music, tweets and interviews. Read through the quotes and sayings by Akon which are sure to strike a chord with you.
What I remember the most really was just running wild there. Barefooted, swimming in dirty lakes, selling fruit, picking mango trees, hoping not to get caught because they don't take kindly to thieves in Africa.
I always feel like 'as long as I'm doin' what I love to do, the money's naturally gonna come.' When you start thinkin' business and you start thinkin' 'What's hot? What's the wave? Who is hot? Let's get at that person,' it becomes a point where you're tryin' to strategize to make money. And that's always a gamble.
Whatever obstacle comes your way, you gotta be prepared to jump over it! And I think that's what separates the legends from the regular artists. It's all in how you manage that success, and how you deal with the controversy when it actually comes.
That's my actual payment, the fact that I can actually make something that I actually enjoy and put on repeat, and it's not related to anything else or anyone else's thoughts and ideas, it all came from me; I just love that aspect of it.
Any album that you pick up of mine, you know it's an Akon album. The guests are very limited, and you get to really feel the experience. You get the Akon experience when you get the albums. I always want to make sure that stays the way it is. I don't want to flood the album to where you lose focus on why you bought it.
I always felt like if you get to a point where you've got enough money to invest in something real, you gotta invest in anything that's related to a natural resource because that's gonna be here forever - so you might as well invest in something that's gonna be here, rather than invest in something that's gonna wear out.
While I'm here, I'm gonna milk it for all I can, so when I'm no longer hot - and I know that day is coming - I will step over here and enjoy everything I've created up to this point. The music is just opening all these doors, so I can relax.