Akon, the R&B singer, revealed how Eminem got on his hit song “Smack That” back in 2006 and that they recorded four other songs that could be released soon.
Except for the hugely successful “Smack That,” the 49-year-old singer explained that he produced all the songs he released.
“Eminem produced that record. Isn’t that crazy? He always had them small little sounds, it was something minute, but it felt like Eminem.”
According to reports, the rapper handed Akon a folder containing 30 songs, from which he chose five. Among the five was “Smack That,” which became the song they released after keeping the others in the vault.
“Once he heard my concept to it, he was like, ‘Yo, I’m jumping on this one’. And I said, ‘You know what, if he jumps on this one, this will be a single.'”
“Smack That” was included on Akon’s second studio album, “Konvicted,” which was released in 2006. It topped several charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number two and stayed for 30 weeks.
Because there are four songs that neither Akon nor Eminem has released, they have been kept in their musical vault all these years, unbeknownst to fans.
“Smack That” was the only song on which the two collaborated, according to fans. On the other hand, Akon hinted that the unreleased songs might just see the light of day.
Referring to “Smack That,” he said:
“And that’s the only one we ever had together, besides all those we did. But I still have them. I literally still have those records today. These are all the records that’s gonna drop in the future.”
While the singer has largely remained out of the music industry in recent years, he may be making a comeback with unreleased songs.
Akon, born Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, shot to fame in 2004 with the release of “Locked Up,” a song from his debut studio album, “Trouble.”
His sophomore album made even more waves in the R&B music scene, earning him Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
He founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution, in addition to a successful music career.