Ain't nothing like a naked woman gyrating around a pole to the strains of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and Mötley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls" to inspire a man.
After successful runs with "Locked Up," "Ghetto" (see "Akon Gives Viewers A Slice of Street Life in 'Ghetto' Video") and "Lonely," Akon is releasing "Bananza (Belly Dancer)" as the fourth single from his debut album, Trouble. " 'Bananza' was one of the first records I wrote when I got out [of prison]," Akon said. "I went straight to the strip club and came back home to the studio and wrote about it. It's definitely one of my club records."
While in Los Angeles for the BET Awards, Akon shot the video for "Bananza," which will also include a sneak preview of the clip for his next single, "Trouble Nobody."
" 'Trouble [Nobody]' was a big record for me," Akon explained. "When I got out of jail, I couldn't get a regular job. So it was pretty much me between a rock and a hard place, wanting to change, but society wouldn't allow me to do it."
Akon is using the videos to practice in front of the cameras, as he plans to start shooting a feature film, also called "Trouble," in September.
The character shouldn't be a big stretch for the artist.
"['Trouble'] is about an African kid that comes to the States," the Senegalese-born Akon said. "In the midst of trying to fit in he gets into all this trouble and gets locked up. [His] family behind him is a musical influence, and before you know it, he makes [music] a hobby and gets famous over it. It's pretty much based on me, my true life story."