Freedom is the third studio album by Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer-songwriter, Akon.
The album was originally named Acquitted. It was released on December 2, 2008.
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.
Akon has grown with each new album release, while his sound has evolved to the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of his fans, Freedom will no doubt be remembered as the turning point in Akon’s career where he evolves from a hip hop artist to a bonafide entertainer.
With all the radio friendly songs you’ll find yourself humming to many of these songs during the day, therefore, making it buy you won’t regret this holiday season.
Akon - Freedom Track Listing
1. “Right Now (Na Na Na)” - 4:01
2. “Beautiful” (featuring Colby O’Donis & Kardinal Offishall) - 5:13
3. “Keep You Much Longer” - 4:18
4. “Troublemaker” (featuring Sweet Rush) - 3:57
5. “We Don’t Care” - 3:34
6. “I’m So Paid” (featuring Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne) - 3:26
7. “Holla Holla” (featuring T-Pain) - 3:00
8. “Against the Grain” (featuring Ray Lavender) - 3:46
9. “Be with You” - 3:49
10. “Sunny Day” (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:15
11. “Birthmark” - 3:59
12. “Over the Edge” - 4:20
13. “Freedom” - 4:12
The first single released from the album was “Right Now (Na Na Na)“, it peaked at #8 on the Billboard 100.
The second single is “I’m So Paid“, featuring Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne. It made a hot debut at #40 on the Billboard 100.
The week the album was released, another song “Beautiful“, featuring Colby O’Donis & Kardinal Offishall debuted at #19.
It is the first album by Akon not to carry the Parental Advisory sticker and it doesn’t need an edited version to be sold at Wal-Mart. Although in terms of lyrics it’s not totally free of that sex-and-violence insinuating language, it shows that it is possible to release a great hip-hop/R&B recording without resorting to extreme obscenity almost in every song.
Overall, this is easily Akon’s best album. Still not a perfect album, but its definitely his strongest performance yet.
Released December 2, 2008
Recorded 2007 — 2008
Genre R&B, hip hop
Label Konvict Muzik / Universal Motown
Producer Akon (exec.) Giorgio Tuinfort
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