[video] Talk to Al Jazeera – Akon: ‘America was never built for black people’

Must watch. Akon is stepping up plate and putting these African governments to shame who by way of white supremacy have left their people in the dark ages while Europeans and the Chinese suck the country of its resources.

Edit: Much props to the beautiful interviewer who didn’t give Akon any softballs during this chat and called him on various subjects including his lyrical content which many have deemed dehumanizing to women.

The Senegalese-American recording artist talks frankly about US race relations, “rebranding” Africa, and his music.
Akon talks to Al Jazeera about running his musical career as a business; his projects – both philanthropic and artistic; singing songs for peace and whether he thinks it can really make an impact; and being an African in the US.

Snoop reposts meme calling Bruce Jenner a ‘Science Project’

Snoop Dogg joined the ranks of public figures¬†who’ve¬†shared less-than-sensitive reactions to Caitlyn Jenner’s¬†transition on social media, sharing a meme Wednesday (June 3) that¬†compares the coverage of Jenner’s¬†Vanity Fair cover with the coverage of Akon‘s charitable initiatives.

The image has a picture of Akon with the caption “Shout out to Akon! He is about to supply 60 million africans¬†with solar power. Im really upset that this isn’t major news but that science project bruce jenner is #Society.” Snoop added: “News flash @Akon. Tune into ggn [his weekly online talk show] for some real news.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith also shared the meme but has since deleted it.

 

Red Cafe Takes Shots at Suge Knight

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via SOHH

Red Cafe¬†has issued a threat to hip-hop mogul¬†Suge Knight, vowing to strike back for allegedly costing him legal feesThe “Paper Touchin'” hitmaker claims Suge¬†filed a lawsuit against one of his associates.

“I got next on Suge Knight jaw,” Cafe said in an interview. “That jaw glass, everybody is getting money. I was trying to get it first and they stopped me like, ‘Nah, he gonna sue,’ but then he ended up suing my man. He ran into sombody fists and he blamin’ my man for it. So now it costs me money for it ’cause I gotta pay for an attorney. So if I’ma have to pay now, you know what, gimme some of that. I’ma stay there, yeah, that was me…I’ma get it on tape and we gonna put it onHottestInTheHood.com. Right now you go to¬†HottestInTheHood¬†and you got him on the pavement from the last time he ran into a fist it’s there right now…I’m in Brooklyn, he don’t wanna go there. Come holla at cha boy.” (Hot 93.7)

Suge’s last publicized confrontation¬†took place at last month’s NBA All-Star Weekend¬†in Arizona with an¬†Akon¬†associate.

“At about 3:30 AM, police were called to a private party on the second floor of the W Hotel,” the police report reads. “Hotel¬†securitypersonnel called police when they became concerned that there would be a fight between two groups of guests having heated words in the VIP area. Officers arrived and watched a group of about 6-8 guests exiting the VIP area. They saw one person, later identified asRobert Carnes Jr., punch the victim in the head two times. Officers deployed tasers to quell the fight that erupted.” (SOHH) Continue reading

Akon & Peter Buffett Debut “Blood Into Gold” At United Nations Commemoration Event, March 25th

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New York, NY – In observance of the 2009 Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the 25th of March, Emmy-award winning musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett, and R&B/pop star Akon will publicly debut an issue-inspired song, “Blood Into Gold”, with a live performance at a star-studded cultural evening and concert in the United Nation’s General Assembly Hall.

Peter Buffett was asked by the non-profit organization, Culture Project, to write the song specifically for this commemoration. Akon, who has previously collaborated with Peter, loaned his voice and production expertise on “Blood Into Gold”. All proceeds from the download of the single will go to an organization whose purpose is to educate and bring an end to human trafficking worldwide. A poignant video to accompany the song is currently in production.

For the first time at the United Nations, the evening concert, will bring together: Akon (Senegal/USA) & Peter Buffett (USA); Mezzo-Soprano Audrey Babcock (USA); Soprano Angela Brown (USA); The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA); Izaline Calister (Curacao/The Netherlands); Toumani DiabatÔŅĹ (Mali); Danny Glover (USA); Gilberto Gil (Brazil); Bill T. Jones (USA); Sarah Jones (USA); Salif Keita (Mali) and his Band; Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa); Emeline Michel (Haiti); The Marley Brothers (Jamaica); CCH Pounder (Guyana/USA/Senegal); Stephanie Benson (Ghana); Phylicia Rashad (USA); Tenor Noah Stewart (USA); Randy Weston (USA) and his Quintet; Choreographer Gabri Christa (Curacao/The Netherlands) and others. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann will deliver testimonies at the concert and pre-taped testimonials from Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali will be broadcasted. Continue reading

[video] Busta Rhymes (Feat. Diddy, Ron Browz, Swizz Beatz, Akon, & Lil Wayne) – Arab Money (Remix)

The official remix music video for Busta Rhymes hit single “Arab Money” featuring Diddy, Ron Browz, Swizz Beatz, Akon, and Lil Wayne), from his eighth studio album Back on My B.S. in stores March 24.Sidenote: Okay, I’ll the first to say it, Cordero needs to lay off the green screen til’ he masters it.

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Breaking News : TMZ Reports Suge Knight Beat Down — Again!!!

via TMZ

Suge Knight attacker, Suge KnightFor the second time in 9 months, Suge Knight got his face punched in — and the alleged ass-beater claims to be Akon’s business manager.

It all went down in a private party at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ — where Suge was attending a private party for NBA All-Star weekend. Cops say they were called to the scene by hotel security who warned about a brewing fight between two groups in the VIP area.

According to the Scottsdale PD website, when cops arrived, they saw a man punch the victim — aka Suge — two times in the head.” Officers had to break out the tasers to “quell the fight.”

The suspect, Robert Carnes Jr., was charged with one count of felony aggravated assault — they ruled it a felony “due to the severity of the victim’s injuries.” Another man was also arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to the Scottsdale PD, “Carnes reported to officers that he is employed as the business manager for singer ‘Akon.'”

Suge was transported to a local hospital and treated for facial injuries.

CLICK BELOW to read the Scottsdale PD arrest report.

“At about 3:30 AM, police were called to a private party on the second floor (pool area) of the W Hotel. Hotel security personnel called police when they became concerned that there would be a fight between two groups of guests having heated words in the VIP area. Officers arrived and watched a group of about 6-8 guests exiting the VIP area. They saw one person, later identified as Robert Carnes Jr., punch the victim in the head two times. Officers deployed Tasers to quell the fight that erupted. Officers arrested CARNES Jr. and ANDERSON for assault and disorderly conduct. The victim was transported to SHC-Osborn hospital where he was treated for facial injuries. CARNES Jr. reported to officers that he is employed as the business manager for singer “Akon”.

Both suspects were booked into Scottsdale City jail and are being held in custody.

ANDERSON is charged with 1 count of misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. CARNES Jr. is charged with 1 count of Felony Aggravated Assault. (Felony charge is due to the severity of the victim’s injuries.)”

Akon Pleads Guilty to Harassment

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via SOHH

Multi-platinum selling singer Akon has pleaded guilty to harassment for tossing a fan off stage at a summer 2007 concert in New York.

According to USA Today, the Grammy nominated artist will reportedly serve no jail time but is required to serve 65 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine.

Akon was facing various charges including endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor and second-degree harassment.

As previously reported by SOHH, the Konvict Muzik labelhead was performing at WSPK’s KFEST concert at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill when he was caught on camera grabbing a disruptive fan and throwing him into the audience. Continue reading

Akon Plans on Trial in New York Fan-Toss Case

In this case I think Mr.Konvict better take the offer and cut his loses quick. Any jury in America will find him guilty and make him pay a fortune.
Who wanna bet this does not go to trial?

via ABC News

Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at an upstate concert last summer.
The 35-year-old singer is accused of tossing a teenager off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie. Another concertgoer said she suffered a concussion when the boy landed on her.

Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, asked for the jury trial during a brief appearance with his lawyer in Fishkill Town Court on Wednesday. He’s due back in court for trial Dec. 1 unless a deal is negotiated in the meantime.

He pleaded not guilty in December to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment, a violation.

Owned:Michael Jackson Shuts Down Street Knowledge….

Sources: Michael Jackson, RIAA, WordPress

Yes we were shut down by the King of Pop and the RIAA. We were alerted by the great folks over at WordPress that a power move was made against us concerning a ditty by the name of ‘Hold My Hand’ a new song by Michael Jackson ft. Akon.

Hi,
It was the RIAA that told us to.

The following is the subject of a valid DMCA Notice.

https://streetknowledge.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/audio-akon-michael-jackson-hold-my-hand/

If you believe that you do have the legal right to distribute these files you must take this up with the copyright holder.
You are not permitted to re-publish the files until after you have done this.

If you do not have the legal rights you must delete the post.

Republishing the post without permission or continuing to publish material that results in DMCA notices will get the blog suspended.

Well obviously they were not happy with us posting the song and we were upended early this morning.
Our apologies to Michael Jackson and good luck on the album. And we will only post your videos, so please hurry up and make one. And thank you for reading the blog!!!

Street Knowledge Media

DJ Khaled “We Out Here Grinding” Behind The Scenes

CLICK [HERE] for version w/Jeezy- “We Out Here Grinding”

Street Knowledge TV was privy to ‘behind-the-scenes’ access of DJ Khaled’s new video for his new single called “We Out Here Grinding”. The track continues in the recent tradition of Khaled’s recent mega hit singles starring the newest and brightest stars in hip hop.

This new heater, off the forth coming album ‘We Global’, features Akon, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross,Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy. The original contained a scorching verse from Plies but he failed to show for the video and his verse was replaced with the always reliable Young Jeezy. Lil Wayne was also a no show and may not make the cut of the video. We’ll see once the final edit is released.

Check for cameos and set appearances from Lil Boosie, Maino, Consequence, Newz, Ace Hood, Lil Mama, Sean Kingston, Briana Amore, Pistol Pete, Fat Joe, Grafh, Chaz Williams, Floss, Foxy Brown, Cardan, Erick Sermon, Busta Rhymes, Nikki Minaj, Fendi & Reg, Jordan Tower Films, Smack DVD, Sub 0, K.A.R, Travis McCoy, Young Jeezy, Charlie Hustle, Trick Daddy & Dunk Ryders, Shawty Lo, Red Cafe, Bullet, Rick Ross, Presidential Dimes, Julito McClum (The Wire), Shaliek/Lavish Look, and Gil Green.
We Global!!!


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Busta Putting Together Posse Cut to Address Legal Woes

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Source: Nahright/MTV

In a recent interview with MTV, Busta Rhymes explains “Don’t Believe Them,” his second posse cut that he is in the process of putting together with Akon and T.I.

The record was inspired by the situation that transpired with T.I. right after the BET Hip-Hop Awards. My legal situations were current, and his legal situations were current, and Akon had his, you know, history of legal situations in the past. … We wanted people to ‚ÄĒ as bad as things might look for us sometimes ‚ÄĒ just know that it ain’t over until you say it’s over at the end of the day. ‘Cause nobody can really dictate what the outcome of your destiny, what your life is going to end up becoming, unless you let it happen that way.”

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New T-Pain Album Due In Late September, Single With Lil Wayne..

via Billboard

I guess you thought you heard enough of T-Pain, considering he has basically been on heavy rotation for the last two years on virtually every single of every major label artist in the universe. Guess again, cause he will be back with a new album lead by a single by none other than Weezy F. Baby. More below:

T-Pain is eyeing a Sept. 30 release for his third album, “Thr33 Ringz,” which will be released by Konvict Muzik/Zomba. The first single, “Snap You Fingers” featuring Lil’ Wayne, is expected to hit radio next month.

According to a Zomba spokesperson, a video for “Snap Yo Fingers” is in the works and T-Pain is currently hard at work producing the new album with Akon.

This week’s Hot 100 chart boasts three songs featuring T-Pain, including Flo Rida’s breakout single “Low,” which sits at No. 16 after 27 weeks.

The R&B singer garnered five BET Awards nominations last week, including nods for best collaboration for his work with Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss”), Kanye West (“Good Life”) and Flo Rida (“Low”).

“Epiphany,” T-Pain’s 2007 album, has sold 819,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Lil Homie Plies Preps Sophomore Release

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The Lil Homie Plies is striking while the iron is hot. According to an article on SOHH.com Plies is reading his sophomore release Definition of Real, after enjoying gold success with his debut CD The Real Testament.¬† Slated for a June 10 release Plies also spoke on the secrets to his formula.¬† He said he doesn’t rely on high priced producers to cook up tracks, instead he leans on his brothers production company The World Music Group.

“We got a lot of good producers under our umbrella,” he says. “At the end of the day if you’re not careful you can go through this business coming out with great records, great albums and walk away with nothing to show. So, I’m just trying to tighten up my business side of it.”

You can also forget any rapper guest appearances, like George Bush the Homie Plies prefers to go at it alone. He is sticking with his winning formula and going with a R&B crooner on the hook and this time around he snatched up Ne-Yo for his yet untitled lead single. “It’s all me on this album but I was able to work with a Ne-Yo who gave me that good radio side, that radio look.”In addition to him tightening the music business side up Plies is also venturing into reality TV and fashion. Based off his two-part single “Bust It Baby” which Plies describes as “the best sexual experience” this will be the name of the show as well as an all-female fashion line. There are currently three major networks bidding for the pepper hot show which received 200,000 hits for the casting call alone!¬† For more info on the Lil Homie Plies CLICK HERE

Governor of Georgia to Honor Atlanta Musicians

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I guess its true what they say, membership has its privilege. ¬†Apparently living in Atlanta has more perks than easy access to strip clubs. ¬†The governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue will be holding a ceremony on March 19 in Buckhead at the Governor’s Mansion where he will be honoring the Grammy nominees living in the Peach State. ¬†Falling under that dubious distinction is Akon, Keyshia Cole, Outkast, Ne-Yo, T-Pain, Angie Stone, India.Arie, Gnarls Barkley and super producer DJ Toomp. ¬†Toomp, a two-time Grammy winner just snagged another statue for the T-Pain helmed Kanye single, “Good Life.” ¬†Talk about Southern Hospitality! ¬†Can you imagine Elliot Spitzer laying honors on industry leading New Yorkers? ¬†I didn’t think so. ¬†For more on this story¬†CLICK HERE.¬†¬†

Akon is all about a “Dolla”

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Akon is definetly about a Dolla”. Of course we know the multi-platinum artist and producer¬†is serious about¬†his money, but he now has his eyes¬†set on a new young artist named Dolla signed to his Konvict Music imprint. Meeting the¬†20 yr.¬†old ATL native back in 2000 while he was part of the group the Rascals, Akon is now ready to introduce the¬†part-time model¬†to the masses.

With a single featuring none other than T-Pain, can Akon strike lightning twice?

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In ’07 the Ringtone Rules! Totally Dude!

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¬†2007 was undeniably the breakout year for the “Ringtone” artist.¬† Labels are actually readjusting their marketing to push these artist as opposed to the more developed artist who rely on heavy lyrical content to keep the registers ringing.¬† Nah, that was out in ’06 when the homie Nas told you Hip Hop Is Dead.¬† Now the new face of Hip Hop is the Ringtone artist, and here are the leaders of that new school!¬† AT&T released their list for the top shottas of ’07…

1.¬† Shop Boyz – “Party Like a Rockstar”
¬† 2.¬† Mims – “This Is Why I’m Hot”
¬† 3.¬† Soulja Boy – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”
¬† 4.¬† Nickelback – “Rockstar”
¬† 5.¬† Akon – “Don’t Matter”
¬† 6.¬† T-Pain – “Buy You A Drank (Shawty Snappin)”
¬† 7.¬† Hurricane Chris – “A Bay Bay”
¬† 8.¬† Sean Kingston – “Beautiful Girls”
¬† 9.¬† Huey – “Pop, Lock & Drop It”
¬† 10. Fergie – “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Editor’s Note: By no means are we suggesting that just because an artist ends up on this list, they aren’t “real” artists.¬† We are just identifying that this is the new face of a dying industry…and ringtone sales is what his kept the music industry from completely falling on its face, so the game really needs to applaud the ringtone artist for creating a new market.¬†