Akon Allegedly Had His Brother, Abou Thiam, Pretend To Be Him As A Body Double To Perform At Shows [VIDEO]

Akon, Bu

Akon Allegedly Had His Brother, Abou Thiam, Pretend To Be Him As A Body Double To Perform At Shows [VIDEO]

Rapper/singer T-Pain recently claimed that fellow musician Akon would use his brother as a body double to perform at his shows.

While speaking with music/culture commentator DJ Akademiks on his Twitch channel about hip-hop in the social media era, T-Pain said he doesn’t perform onstage often due to not having the time. When DJ Akademiks suggested the Auto-Tune pioneer gets a body double, T-Pain clarified that he grew up in the industry with body doubles.


A body double is someone who appears instead of a famous person in public, usually where their body is seen but their face is not seen clearly.

As an example of his upbringing in hip-hop, Pain referenced musical artist Akon using his brother, Abou “Bu” Thiam, as a body double. Pain said that Akon would have Bu pretend to be the Senegalese singer while lip-syncing lyrics onstage. Meanwhile, Akon would be performing at an entirely different location, according to Pain. In the clip, Pain began with:

“I came up with body doubles. I came up when Bu was doing shows for Akon.”

Pain continued:

“These n*ggas was getting double the shows every m****f****ng month ‘cause Bu would go and lip-sync shows for Akon n*gga.”

He added:

“Bu would get on that stage and say he was Akon and lip-sync those m****f****ng lyrics as much as he could, and they would pay for that sh*t every time. He couldn’t do nothing.” 

The use of body doubles in the music industry appears to have been useful in the early 2000s. Before the internet, there would be no way to check that Akon and his brother Bu were performing at the same time in two different parts of the world.

Akon, Bu

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Authored by: Ariel Whitely