Obviously he doesn't qualify for being "classic" yet, but I'm on an Akon spree on Youtube and thinking about it, he has to be without a doubt one of the most successful RnB artists of all time. This man was a hit MACHINE. Just reading this excerpt from his Wiki page is incredible.
This man owned 04-08.
Horrible singer, horrible songs, horrible voice, horrible hooks. There are a lot of artists who I don't like, but I can at least understand why they are/were popular. I have zero idea how Akon became popular. I'm glad that phase ended.
But yes I agree, a horrible artist and I don't even really consider him R&B.
I hated Locked Up. I remember hearing that on the radio on what I think of as the "white girl" station.....played the light and popular songs like Nelly and Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake and stuff like that......I could never figure the thought process.....like, there's another Nelly dance song, now let's throw on the song by the African about being in jail, Becky and Katie will love that one.