Poor Akon. Everybody's ganging up on him these days. When you're a platinum-selling singer whose entire career was built on an autobiographical tune titled "Locked Up" - your back story had better be a credible - and believable one.

But in Akon's case, his bio was apparently embellished to the hilt. According to The Smoking Gun, Akon's prison tales of being locked up for umpteen years was completely and totally fabricated.

The crux of Akon's back story is that he was a notorious "ringleader" of a large car theft ring who was finally brought down by "snitches" within his organization. According to A, he was locked up and they wouldn't let him out.

But The Smoking Gun could find only 2 arrests on record for car theft - neither of which led to a lengthy prison term for Akon.

Peter McFarlane, a retired FBI agent, recalls one of those arrests ten years later only because, in the trunk of the stolen BMW, was a collectible guitar valued at more than the car was worth.

The guitar (worth $100,000 at the time) was later found discarded by the side of a road still in its $1200 case.

McFarlane, 62, laughed out loud when told of Akon's claims about running a "notorious" auto theft ring, owning chop shops, and being brought down by turncoat underlings. "Ah, this is bullshit. This guy is so phony. He's an arrogant SOB," said McFarlane. Asked about Akon, Brewer said, "I don't think he had any role besides [wanting] to drive a high-dollar vehicle. And I say this because we didn't link him to any other cars." (Source)

  • iyonah

    Whether his story is true or not, these allegations are being stated because they obviously are jealous of his current success and status in the industry. People always want to tear other people down when they are doing alrigh for themselves.

  • iyonah

    How many "rappers" are tellinga true tell?

  • MZN

    I never really cared for Akon at all. Something about him and his music just irritates me. Especially his first song. I can't even remember it... And I'm glad I forgot it.

  • extraordinary

    I believe all those so call gang related rappers are FAKE. Also, I can recall when Akon said publically that he doesn't smoke. However, he is rapping about smoking. These guys are so commercial. No wonder he wants a career change.

  • http://highbridnation.com Mike Belgrove

    I've always been very vocal in my hate for Akon. I think he's a clown. From darn near raping 14 year old girls to picking up and throwing people off the stage at his shows, hes just a douche bag. I took a little bit of time out and wrote about Akon today over at Highbrid Nation and I hope that the uncovering of his true past is a message to artists and labels that "keeping it real" doesn't mean making up some stuff.

  • http://mskimba412.blogspot.com ms.kimba412

    So much of these 'street cred' claims are just plain PR. Label execs want to sign thugs, so some of these guys lie about being thugs. Then the public is pissed when we find out our favorite rapper really ain't gangsta. OR we're pissed when we find out he really IS gangsta. Just stupid.

  • http://mskimba412.blogspot.com ms.kimba412

    Dang, Mike - you hate him? :-)

  • crisptoast

    Isn't this shameful that an African man comes over here and pretends to be a thug in order to be accepted by Rap fans.

  • Terry .W

    hahahahahah @ "The guitar (worth $100,000 at the time) was later found discarded by the side of a road still in its $1200 case"


  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    I don't think Akon was lying about the car theft ring. He had papers for the car he got caught in and the police had to investigate to find out they were fake. That's my problem with the whole thing. If all he wanted was street cred he could have gotten that from the car theft thing and the fact that he was able to avoid prison time for years because of his use of alias'. Why add on the fake jail time? He's a grandiose liar that's why. I think it's pretty darn funny that it has taken all these years for him to get put on front street, but like Milli Vanilli he had to know it would catch up with him eventually.

  • GWU

    Does anyone actually believe all these gangster stories these rap stars put out there!? Does this mean 50, JayZ, the Game, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and others, all embellished or flat out lied? Say it ain't so...Let this be a lesson to all those dumb-ass kids in the hood, trying to copy their example. If you want to see real gangsters turn off BET or MTV and go down to the local prisons or graveyards, because that's where the bulk of them end up.

  • brwnsugga4you

    doesn't matter now because he's already sold millions and millions of records.

  • http://www.myspace.com/millyly milly

    brwnsugga4you Says:

    doesn’t matter now because he’s already sold millions and millions of records.

    Thank you...so at the end of the day it doesnt
    really matter anymore.

  • Mia

    Mike Belgrove ~ ITA with your post. He may have sold millions and millions of records, but I'm proud to say that he's never gotten any of my dollars.

  • Maxdan

    It's not that serious. We all know nowadays no one is who they SAY they are or thier record company portrays them to be. I would have an easier time trying to swallow a story about how Akon fled Africa with a t-shirt and panties on and 99cent flip flops and one handful of rice. He's rich now....OH WELL

  • pointhimout

    what's sad is none of these fools are hiding their faces for any of the crimes. how pathetic is the buying public if artist stoop to this level to sell products...

    im one of few who look at you retarded when you harp on your criminal record like a phuckin badge of honor. Akon's an idiot, that simple.

  • Coo Coo Bananas


  • http://www.findentertainmentnow.com miesha@FindEntertainmentNow.com

    lame. i knew dude was a phony chamillion.

  • candycane

    Well I'm glad he's not a real criminal, still beautiful as hell ummm hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    I hope he doesn't loose fans becasue he really didnt own a chop shop. He's still a helluva song writer, producer, hook maker, sexy black azz man

  • kpakpando

    Which of these so called artists are real? All of them have manufactured images, because the talent (or lack thereof) alone will not move records you need an interesting story.

    Remember when Iman came out and they tried to say they just found this poor African girl, and then how many years later turns out she was a well educated and traveled child of a diplomat not a jungle bunny?

    Akon is not the first and won't be the last one to make up stories about their past to secure their future.

  • http://www.weneedtostop.com 2Unruly

    Maybe he was thugged up in Africa. Did they run a check on his record over there?

  • prynsexxx

    How many rappers "kill" somebody and wake up the next day and rap about it. If it is true, that they've murdered somebody, why aren't they "locked up(won't let me ooooouuuuttt)".

    America is a country where you kill ppl just to show that killing ppl is wrong.

    Go figure

  • http://www.myspace.com/bettathaniwasb4 2bme

    Damn did he think he wouldn't get found out..and you know how the smoking gun is..they don't play when it comes to digging up your past..aal this drama he brought on himself and was unnecessary..he's a talented brother all this extra thug, 25 wives, diamond mine b.s was uncalled for..he needs to get put on front street..maybe then he'll learn the true meaning of keeping it real

  • Kymystry

    I'm sorry .. Gansta or Not .. he could be Flava Flav's Stunt Double .. on a GOOD day ....

  • kdillon

    My friend is a Valet Guy at a swanky Hollywood hotel, and the word is everytime Akon drops his car off he is listening to his own cd, on serveral occassions this has happened.

  • Bsoul

    Acorny is so crazy. He want's what real felons are trying to get rid of. LOL

  • hellava10

    See was Boss started. Where is she now?

    I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than him any day that ends in 'y'!

  • brwnsugga4you

    akon is wack anyway. not sure who told him he could every sing....

  • free

    pointhimout says "im one of few who look at you retarded when you harp on your criminal record like a phuckin badge of honor. Akon’s an idiot, that simple."

    i agree. the only fools who are getting locked up (AND GETTING A HELLUVA LOT MORE THAN "T.I. TIME") is our kids that are ignorantly buying into this record industry manufactured hype.

    Mia Says: "He may have sold millions and millions of records, but I’m proud to say that he’s never gotten any of my dollars."

    COSIGN! i don't know if white kids are buying it but you damn sure don't see them getting processed into the system en masse. we need to rebel against this foolishness.

  • ReadTheBlog

    I heard Akon didn't even write that song...