When Senegalese singer Akon first emerged on The Billboard Hot 100 three years ago, fresh from a jail sentence for car theft that he documented in the top 10 single "Locked Up," listeners weren't sure

When Senegalese singer Akon first emerged on The Billboard Hot 100 three years ago, fresh from a jail sentence for car theft that he documented in the top 10 single "Locked Up," listeners weren't sure how to classify his music.

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