Akon – Freedom – review

Artist: Akon
Title: Freedom
Label: Universal
Rating: 5/10

Corporate line:
Singer/songwriter/producer, Akon burst out of the starting gates with the winningly melodic and compulsively danceable single “Right Now (Na Na Na).” The song is sparking up the charts in a record-setting pace that’s familiar to Akon’s millions of fans worldwide. “Right Now (Na Na Na)” is the lead track from Akon’s 3rd upcoming album FREEDOM. The infectious song is the #1 Most Added at Rhythm Crossover radio stations in its first week of release. “Freedom” features collaborations with Hip- Hop’s “man of the hour” Lil Wayne (“I’m So Paid”) and Akon’s platinum artist T-Pain (“Holla Holla”). Akon broke out on the music scene in 2004 with the platinum album TROUBLE that featured singles, “Locked Up” and “Lonely.” He returned in 2006 with the triple-platinum certified “Konvicted” CD. The Senegalese native broke chart history in 2007 as the first artist to simultaneously hold the #1 (“I Wanna Love You”) and #2 (“Smack “That”) positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart twice. He went on to become Billboard Magazine’s Top Artist of 2007, the #2 Hot 100 Producer of the Year, and #2 Hot 100 Songwriter of the year.

The good:
“I’m So Paid” f/Lil’ Wayne – Weezy brings vocals that sound like he hit the helium luckily Young Jeezy kills on the song and steals the show.

The rest:
“Right Now (Na Na Na)” – Right from the beginning when Akon throws the electronically-altered vocals is when its all over. Akon doesn’t need the effects on his vocals so why do it? It’s over done and cliche now.

“Troublemaker” – There are occasions when Akon could win the heart of women everywhere and then he loses it.


Akon did it the wrong way. He ran his vocals through the seriously ridiculous robotic effects and blew the whole album. Whenever you hear vocals like that the first thing that comes to mind is someone that isn’t confident in their vocals. And Akon has no excuse–except perhaps he doesn’t have the abilities to pull this album off without the effects.


  1. Akon is so hot!!! he’s a good singer and have a good body .he got everything .i like him .he’s the best :E:E:E

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