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Forgot About Friday/Akon

There’s Forgot About Fridays…….

……and then there’s Forgot About Fridays where you’re just like…da f@ck happened to them?? 

Case in rest in music career peace point, former Lady Gaga bestie/Billboard chart owning music producer and superstar…Akon

Da f@ck is right…where ya been, Mr. Konvinct? Right here in our music memories for life, of course. Let’s puff-and-reminisce. 

Basically unless you lived under a music rock in the mid-’00s, you indeed (and boy,did we) know that Mr. Akon shook everything he touched from the radio to the charts to our Konvicted lives. Really, if you think about it, there definitely wasn’t a song ruling the airwaves back then that wasn’t one of his signature sonnets (“Locked Up” 4 lyfe), a track he was featured on, or one he had a producer’s hat in. In music fact, during his ’05-’09-ish global reign, Akon had appeared on more than three-dozen of his own werks (and gurl, did we), and close to eighty alongside another music artists.

So, really, that’s why it’s so crazy to think that the name and smack, err, bounce of “Akon” is no longer a force to be f@cked with on the charts. See? Da f@ck, right?

Born in St. Louis, singer, songwriter, and producer Aliaune Thiam — aka Akon — grew up in Senegal before he and his family returned to the U.S. and settled in New Jersey when he was seven. Once a bit older, the future spitster sort of (okay, he did) got mixed up with the wrong crowd and in turn, a late teens Akon fell into a life of crime, which led him to serve a three-year sentence–allegedly for stealing a BMW and gun possession.

While he was, um, locked up, Akon began to work on some musical ideas and styles. Pending his release, the future crooner began writing and recording tracks and demos in a home studio. Eventually, the tapes found their way to a SRC/Universal Records head,which would become home to Akon‘s massively successful debut set, Trouble.  

A daring, bold mix of hip-hop and R&B, Akon‘s freshman effort took off right away thanks to his silky, interesting (??) vocals on top of beats that basically were the straight up shit at the time. Think about it, how many lead singles like “Locked Up” have there been since 2004? Absolutely none as it’s still that down-the-river anthem, brah.

Also gaining steam at the time was the rapper’s ability to hold it down a plum “featuring” spot and soon after Akon appeared on Young Jeezy‘s smash romp, “Soul Survivor,” his number of guest appearances really seemed to multiply with each given music month.

When his second album, Konvicted hit headphones, dance floors and bedrooms around that ass in November 2006, Akon was without a doubt a certified A-List music supreme being whose singles, “I Wanna Love You,” “Don’t Matter” and “Smack That,” bulldozed their way to the upper regions of the Billboard charts while carving own a place in life loving history…cause we still love all of those hits. 

Akon‘s third 2008 album, Freedom saw a departure from rap and hip into a more fist pumping manor with “Right Now (Na Na Na),” and his David Guetta collaboration, “Sexy Bitch” a bit later on as both of their beats bulldozed both the mainstream and dance music charts. How many of you out there just simply remember going’ all sorts of ape shit whenever you would hear “Sexy Bitch” on a Saturday night out with the crew. Everyone. Isn’t that right, Mom? 

Closing out the ’00s, the “I Wanna Love You” baller kept those konvicted kollaborations comin’ with SNL‘s Lonely Island on “I Just Had Sex,” Madge on “Celebration,” and of course, Ms. Gwen Stefani on “The Sweet Escape.” Let’s also take a few sips to the fact that he linked up with our dearly departed Whitney Houston for her 2009 set, I Look To You, on the tender, “Like I Never Left,” and also alongside the beloved, Michael Jackson on “Hold My Hand,” as the two were best buds inside and out of the music studio. Yes, Akon, yes. 

But, if there’s one Forgot About Friday nugget of music truth we must steep our Konvicted tea for….it’s the fact that people seem to really, really forget that Akon had a certain involvement in putting Lady Gaga on the music map. Back when Ms. Germanotta was a disco-stick-wielding club diva in NYC, Akon and his producer pal, Red One, were smitten with her talents and linked up with the future Best Actress nominee to pen her a little soon-to-be gigantic anthem called, “Just Dance,” which as we all know was the one that started it all for our Lady. 

Although there’s no denying that his career isn’t as fiery as it used to be, Akon has not only done permanent music history damage to the Billboard charts, but his personal production prowess for so many other music artists out there will always smack for itself.

Yes, even you, for a little while, Mr. O’Donis.

But never fear, Akon certainly isn’t broke at all from all of his outstanding booty shakin’ werk and has continued to serve us even up until now with more recent singles “Want Some” and “Good Girls Lie.” And if you’re in the mood to get down with a little underrated Akon truth, check his would be fourth album, Stadium‘ lead single, “Nosy Neighbour” below.

But then again, hardcore fans of Akon already know this one because we’re all still living that Konvicted life…and it’s a grand life we shall never, ever forget. Now, let’s dance for the music memories…always. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover photo courtesy Of Irish Examiner

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Forgot About Friday/Tweet

Oops….

……….we looked over to the left….and when we looked back to the right….Tweet’s Billboard chart domination days seemed to have slipped our minds….oh, my, indeed. 

However, when it comes to everyone’s favorite self lovin’ diva (and Missy bestie!!), we’ve got an early ’00s music memory and treat that no one will-and should–ever forget because you still betta werk, Ms. Tweet.

The youngest of four older siblings, Tweet (real name..Charlene Keys, no relation to A) was born in Rochester, New York and began her start in that dear, sweet music by singing in church alongside her parents. It also didn’t hurt that the “Oops” songstress was born into quite the musical family as she quickly mastered the art of, well, it all including pianoguitar, bass guitar and drums, just to name a splendid few. 

But alas, it was Tweet‘s unique singing voice (along with Janet & Tina inspirations) that caught the ears of everyone at the Rochester School of the Arts, where the diva found her true calling and immersed herself in all that she knew how to do…own it. After giving birth to daughter Tawshana at the age of 18 (who’s now a gospel singer like Mom!), Tweet made the decision to leave her young daughter in the care of her parents as she set off on the road to join a girl group that didn’t quite make it…then came Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot

After the two gals met on the road, Elliot not only enlisted Tweet for the duet, “Take Away” off of her classic Miss E So Addictive record, but she introduced her to the one-and-only, Timbaland. And it was from that moment that the world and our attention was served with “Oops”(Oh My),” a slinky R&B jam about…plain and simple…lovin’ and feelin’ ya damn self while nobody’s watching. 

And let’s not forget about its accompanying video…own that bling, Missy, own it…yes. 

The Billboard R&B chart owning groove would become the lead single to Tweet’s debut albumSouthern Hummingbird, which also featured “Oh My” follow-up, “Call Me.” Tweet would follow up Hummingbird in 2005 with “It’s Me Again,” which gave us the moderate single, “Turn da Lights Off.” 

But yes, it was soon after that most (okay, all) of us seemed to have forgotten about Tweet(she also released Simply Tweet in 2013 and Charlene in 2016), and it’s a damn shame. Because not only is “Oops(Oh My)” still that fucking groove, but it still holds its message that, hey, if you’re feelin’ yourself on those sexy Saturday nights around a quarter-to-three…..you just gotta go for it. 

Thank you, Tweet, may we never, ever forget you. We won’t. 

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Cover photo courtesy of The Source 

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Forgot About Friday/Kiesza

Oh, Ms. Kiesza….we hardly knew ye before some of us may have been forgotten about everything you had to offer when you hit the scene just a few short years ago…..that voice! those moves! that hair! 

With her Canadian roots and Brooklyn based sass, Kiesza was destined for stardom right from the very beginning. Well, maybe not the very beginning since she joined the Navy at 17 years to be a code breaker (true story) But, it wasn’t long before the flame-haired diva took her love of theater, ballet and tap and put it all to work at Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music

From there, Kiesza soon discovered that she just really liked to get down to a solid dance beat (really, who the f#$k doesn’t?), and put her passions for EDM and deep house to great use while searching for the perfect producers to craft her first studio-kissed record—the way forgotten about 2014 pop music masterpiece, Sound of a Woman. 

Helmed by acclaimed producers Rami Samir Afuni and Jayson Jenkins (just to name a few) Kiesza’s sophomore set (she released an independent record in ’08), stormed the overseas before it made its big splash in the U.S. in mid-2014. With its mix of soul, R&B, hip-hop and dance influences, it wasn’t long before Woman singles including “Hideaway,” “No Enemiesz” and “Giant in My Heart” began tapping their way into our life lovin’ souls. 

See also, “The Love,” “So Deep,” ah, you know, just stage dive into the whole album below. 

But as much as Kiesza’s feisty and still very fresh record made its waves in the industry, it was the diva’s on-stage presence that truly got lots of attention thanks to the fact that with every live show….girlfriend just turned it the fuck out. For those of you in Philly who’ve ever seen her own the TLA not once, but twice, a few years back, you know exactly what we’re spilling about here. If you’re still not convinced, just ask Demi Lovato, Gorgon City and Duran Duran, all of whom have the taken the deep pop princess on the road with them. 

So, know comes the question….where has she been??

Well, although we’re all still so damn ready for a Woman follow-up, the energetic diva has been busy serving out (and also healing after her best friend’s death….dive into this Billboard story right here) a handful of 2018 singles including, “Mother,” “Weird Kid,” “Phantom of the Dancefloor,” and her latest hot-for-the-holidays groove, “I Only Love You at Christmas,” which is everything you think it is. 

But if we really want to take a stroll down music memory lane today, we must show love to “Take U There,” a remix collaboration with Skrillex, Diplo, and the one, the only, Missy Elliot. Because you know what they say…if you’ve earned the M-I-double S-Y-E stamp of approval, it’s something to be cherished forever and never, ever forgotten about…ever. 

Cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

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