Mixing smooth R&B vocals with hip-hop grooves, Senegalese-American singer, producer, and entrepreneur Akon first gained fame with his single “Locked Up” off his 2004 debut album, Trouble.



Genre : '00s

A Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K., the song helped Trouble go platinum, a certification he achieved several times over on his subsequent albums, including 2006’s Konvicted and 2008’s Freedom.

Along with his music, Akon founded his own Konvict label, helping launch the careers of artists like T-Pain, Lady Gaga, and Kardinal Offishall.