Album Preview: Akon – ‘Stadium’

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After a couple years off from the music scene, Senegalese singer-songwriter Akon hits the club on his fourth album, Stadium (formerly titled Akonic). Devyne Stephens, vice president of Akon’s Konvict Muzik imprint and credited with discovering the entertainer, introduced the album at the exclusive MPD club located in New York City’s Meatpacking District, where patrons including Shontelle, Maino, DJ Enuff, and Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone sipped complementary cocktails and grooved to the Euro-tinged sounds of the new offering. Akon made a guest appearance only near the end of the event, hopping on the mic to thank everyone for coming.

Rap-Up.com was invited to get a sneak peek of the dance floor-tailored album, with only six tracks from the LP booming through the sound system. Check below to see what you can expect when the project drops November 22.

1. “Give It to ‘Em”
An ominous chorus makes way for rapid handclaps and epic instrumentation on this heavily Auto-Tuned track. Akon robotically coos “na na na” on the chorus as a gruff male chants the song’s title. “200 percent, I’m on my job,” Akon sings on the fast-paced jam.

2. “Time Is Money” featuring Big Meech
Black Mafia member Big Meech, popularized on Rick Ross’ anthem “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” introduces this Timbaland-esque jam with a stern speech on how you’ve only got “time or money.” Soon, double-time snares kick in on the bass-heavy joint, where Akon plays with a fast delivery against a slow-rolling rhythm. “I’m on my grind, money on my mind,” he sings.

3. “Be Me”
Stadium hits its dance floor stride on this tune, where Akon lays out the difficulties that come with being a superstar over effervescent percussion. “Know what it’s like to be me,” he yearns on the chorus as drums rattle beneath his deadpan vocals.

4. “Drop Down Low”
The Konvict boss flips the switch to Euro-house music on this aerobically-paced tune. Over snapping handclaps and sliding synthesizers, Akon commands the listener to “break it on down” on the brooding tune.

5. “Angel”
Akon’s first single, “Angel” is a fast-paced romp that fits in nicely with the other house-friendly tracks on the album. “Way above the clouds in the sky singin’,” croons the performer. A surefire club banger.

6. “Hold You”
The dance party continues on this gradually building song, with Akon singing in a lower tenor as the track grows into a ’90s-influenced thumper. The hitmaker asks his lady to take his hand after realizing he’s unable to shake off his girl’s spell. Unapologetically fervent, “Hold You” epitomizes the athletic, club-geared tone of the album.

–Steven J. Horowitz

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35 Comments

  1. @LYKEaBOSS

    I miss akon while he’s gone, but when he’s back with music I always get annoyed cause radio over plays him!

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  2. King$am

    Akon always make good music but 6 songs ain’t enough for the album, we want more tracks.

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  3. Chri$

    this is a little disappointing:(
    only 6??? I hope this is a joke!?!!
    Now I have even greater expectations for the new album.

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  4. will.i.am

    I still hope he’s featuring Lady Gaga on the album.

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  5. WhatTheF

    Y’all are retarded. They got to preview six songs. They didn’t say there are only six songs on the album.

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  6. mike

    ugh i hate this kinda people that first they go like they rappers, then switch to house music cuz they’re desperate for money and success, just a few stay true to what they really are and like to do

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  7. Konvict

    No featurings lol, thats weird cuz akon is like the king of hooks. BUY THE ALBUM

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  8. Konvict

    What is LP?

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  9. RihFTW

    LP is Label Production

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  10. seeny

    why just 6 songss… i already got “time is money” &”angle” so 4 songss….that suckss man :S:S:S :( :(

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  11. C 4 DA BONB

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    Old boy like me I have been in the Game very 14 years but am still work on my personal instrumental shit lyririx is duop oo ninja golo…..

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  12. C 4 DA BONB

    I can smoke any rapper on earth okay …………..

    try me or call +234-551-126-63

    C TO DA 4

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  13. C 4 DA BONB

    YOU CAN SEE MY FACE G

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  14. C 4 DA BONB

    GUMS SPEAKE IF THE HEART OF THE DO FINE OUT

    PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE ………

    NOTHING ELSE AND SHOUT UP….

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  15. C 4 DA BONB

    AM NOT THE BEST BUT THE BLOOD CLOTH CHEST

    AM NOT A BLOOD BOY BUT AM BLOOD MUFF

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  16. Paul

    QQQ super
    pero espero q agregue mas tracks por q con solo 6 o 7 queda pequeño el album
    Pero naaa quiero escuchar ya akonic!!!!!

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  17. Paul

    AAA y espero que el productor musical de todo el album akonic sea davit guetta

    go
    gooooo
    goooooooooo

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  18. Nait Phoenix

    Okay, both him and Omarion need to go somewhere! I don’t care where, just not here! Does he think “Akonic” is clever!? Plz disappear for two more years and come back wiser!

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  19. Mmm..

    Nice cant wait

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  20. konvict

    Can’t wait

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  21. K.K.

    nice title ;D

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  22. BUNIFAH LATIFAH

    AKONIC?

    You GHETTO ASS NEGRO STOP COPYING CHRISTINA AGUILERA

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  23. YeezyFan

    guys it aint 6 songs. that was just the preview. he aint gonna play the entire album for rap-up is he?? he mightn’t even have completed it. btw the tracklist is on wikipedia and believe me its MORE than 6 songs.

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  24. wicked

    need more tracks like troublemaker,dangerous,party animal……….still kill

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  25. wicked

    need more tracks like troublemaker,dangerous

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  26. LIL KONVICT BBOY

    FUCK ALL OF YOU HATERS AKON IS THE SHIT

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  27. Paolo

    when it will be released please?? i search over all INTERNET and i dont find! PLEASE ANSWER

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  28. Rajislam25

    I agreed, Fuck the niggas who aint like AKON n Akon is da king 4ever than mj…

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  29. Kay

    AKON might be missin, yes. But he still tha sh*t! I like tha dude!

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  30. Ak

    AKON is one of the best, and his album is gonna be smash, gonna be out on Nov. 15th. And its more than 13 tracks I think not only 6. He just previewed a part of it.

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  31. Chris Berg

    Can’t wait for the album! this album is DOPE!! I’m gonna pre-order right now via @ amazon.com

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  32. Alexander

    This album hit the stores November 15th! Make sure to buy it! I’m gonna buy it for sure!

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  33. Sofia

    love akon!

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  34. Chandru

    I love Akon and his album will hit in nov 23 2011. It contains about 15 songs all the songs were made full of euro based beats and it can be a pop album. Wait for the release – Konvict

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  35. Eduvan

    btsneryatsanthouy @TheSyrupMan ya boy is actually pretty dope. you gotta listen to his shit before Akon signed him tho cus now he’s all on that pop, mainstream, autotune shit tryin to make money. he’s from the bay and his music was actually sick tho. peep his old shit out homiee

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