Akon Says Young Thug’s Rap Career Will Be ‘Over’ If He Cooperates In RICO Case

Akon, Young Thug

Akon Says Young Thug’s Rap Career Will Be ‘Over’ If He Cooperates In RICO Case

Akon seems certain that Young Thug’s future in hip-hop won’t last if he gives up any information surrounding his current legal case.

During a recent interview with “VladTV,” singer/producer Akon shared that he believes rapper Young Thug will have to replace rap for another music category if he cooperates in the YSL RICO case.


The “Locked Up” singer seemingly claimed the Atlanta native wouldn’t be respected in hip-hop culture any longer. Akon, 49, said,

“The question is he willing to cooperate to save himself and his family. Is he willing to take that mud in the face… He has to decide whose life is more important — their life or the people he’s trying to impress… Being known to the world as a snitch is the biggest embarrassment to the world.”

Young Thug

However, Akon reportedly believes the YSL rapper should do whatever it takes to see his family again and worry about his career second. He also expressed that the influential artist is talented enough to flourish in genres outside of rap like pop and country.

Akon, born Aliaune Thiam, continued,

“His career will be over. It will be over. If he does do music, it ain’t gon’ be hip-hop because hip-hop they will cancel him. The good thing about him is he’s so talented this n-gga could do pop music or country.”

He added,

“Them white folks don’t know nothing about what’s going on in the streets. They don’t give a f-ck. So he would have to switch genres altogether to even have a chance, but hip-hop forget it.”

As previously reported, Young Thug, real name Jeffrey Williams, was arrested back in May as part of a sweeping Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case against his YSL collective, who have been accused of being a “criminal street gang.” According to his lawyer, Brian Steele, he claims Thug is “rotting” behind bars. Brian Steele shared,

“It is unjust that Young Thug rots in the County Jail and has not yet been provided complete discovery by the prosecution and is being required to wait on the appointment of counsel for co-indictees.”

Brian Steele added,

“This Honorable Court must intervene to prevent this injustice.”

Thug, 31, was denied bond back in August for a third time during a hearing in which his attorney suggested that the rapper is the subject of a law enforcement vendetta referring back to Lil Wayne’s tour bus drive-by shooting in 2015. Thug’s trial is set for March 2023.

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Authored by: Ariel Whitely