Akon has told the NME that he wants to hook up with Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, and Akon, if he has the time. We’ve already heard the spoiled fruits of an Akon/Stefani collaboration, and a song with Beyonce should guarantee a few million units sold, if nothing else. But while Fall Out Boy have proven themselves to be hip-hop and R&B friendly, the mind reels at the terrifying results if and when Akon hitches his autotuner to a Warped Tour bus. In the interview, the inescapable Senegalese sensation also addresses getting booted from Stefani’s tour and his feelings on YouTube:
“YouTube is a stream of marketing and promoting. It can have a huge benefit or be damaging. I love the concept, it’s benefited me immensely.”
This is, of course, in reference to the mass-forwarded video clip where Akon took a page from Next and got a little too close with a 14-year-old fan. And don’t forget the one where he flung a another guy who presumably paid to see him offstage like a sack of potatoes. Wait, embarrassing videos posted online? Suddenly the identification with Pete Wentz makes so much more sense.