According to Akon there will be no follow ups to “Smack That,” the hit single that solidified his Pop career. “I’m a lot more conscious than on my first few albums,” says the “Right Here (Na Na Na)” singer, who drops a new album entitled “Freedom” Tuesday. “I have a lot of kids that follow me now, so I have to be responsible to those who listen to my music.” Surprisingly, “Konvicted,” Akon’s sophomore effort, became his best selling project to date. Certified triple platinum, “Konvicted,” was well known for fulfilling salacious appetites on “Smack That” featuring Eminem and “I Wanna Love You” a hit record shared with Snoop Dogg so why the change ? – as the popular phrase goes ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ ? After issuing an apology of sorts with the single “Sorry, Don’t Blame It On Me” last year the singer says he is focused on being careful about the content of his records. “Now I have fans that actually look up to me and follow me, so I’m really watching the content I put on my records.” But don’t count the star out completely, Akon’s fourth album “Freedom” still features a heavy sampling of both R&B and Hip Hop. The project also features guests with today’s Hip Hop elite including Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and T-Pain. “In my heart, I’m the same exact person I was in 2004, the only difference is I’ve grown a lot, I’m just a more mature man.” Akon’s “Freedom” hits stores and online retailers Dec. 2.
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