Konvicted With his sensitive-guy croon and ex-con vocabulary, Senegal-raised singer Akon is the R&B thug of the moment. Konvicted , the follow-up to his multiplatinum 2004… Konvicted With his sensitive-guy croon and ex-con vocabulary, Senegal-raised singer Akon is the R&B thug of the moment. Konvicted , the follow-up to his multiplatinum 2004… 2006-11-21 Akon R&B
Music Review

Konvicted (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 21, 2006; Lead Performance: Akon; Genre: R&B

With his sensitive-guy croon and ex-con vocabulary, Senegal-raised singer Akon is the R&B thug of the moment. Konvicted, the follow-up to his multiplatinum 2004 debut, continues to flaunt his real-life rap sheet with swaggering gangsta soul, though he alternates the grit with syrupy laments like ''The Rain'' and ''Never Took the Time.'' The wicked stuff is a lot more compelling. Hit single ''Smack That'' features the liveliest Eminem cameo in ages, and ''Shake Down'' is a drug dealer's anthem fit for an episode of The Wire.

Originally posted Nov 10, 2006 Published in issue #907 Nov 17, 2006 Order article reprints