Standouts include the club-ready "Smack That," the mellow "I Can’t Wait," the smooth "Tired of Runnin’" and the recent second single "Don’t Matter." Each song experiments with a different sound and no two tracks sound alike; I thank Akon greatly for that. The variety found throughout Konvicted, production-wise, can almost be astounding.
Guests obviously weren’t important to this record as only Styles P., Eminem, and Snoop Dogg show up for brief cameos. This gives Akon more time in the spotlight. None of these guests are given any great amount of mic time, but Snoop comes through with a verse that would make even the most hardcore fans of the Top Dogg wish they had never heard of him. The rest do not make nor break the album.
Konvicted should keep Akon fans happy; no more, no less. He’s not the most talented artist to ever get behind a microphone, but he does have talent and that is what’s important here. According to fans across the country, Akon may be becoming the next Nate Dogg, but with an album as good as Konvicted, he shouldn’t have to worry about that quite yet. Not the greatest album I’ve ever heard, but certainly not the worst, Konvicted is solid for all the right reasons anyhow.