Akon puts up a fight in the gritty video for “Hurt Somebody,” the street single off his oft-delayed album Stadium, due September 11. To vent his frustrations, a buff Akon enters a boxing match and leaves victorious. He explained the message he was trying to convey during an interview on “106 & Park.”
“It’s really to promote non-gun violence. If you got a problem with somebody, ya’ll should just take it in the ring,” said Akon, who gained weight for the role. “We men, let’s handle it. If we can’t talk about it, then let’s fight about it.”
The video also stars Bad Boy rapper French Montana, who was previously signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. “At the time where I had him, I was just too focused on the pop stuff,” admitted his former boss, who helped discover Lady Gaga.
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