As we previously reported, Akon has had his criminal past questioned. The Smoking Gun released Akon's rap sheet which showed the singers claim to have spent years in prison to be false. Kardinal Offishall, who recently signed to Akon's Konvict Music, spoke about this dispute. Kardinal says Akon's criminal record doesn't reflect his trouble past because Akon spent a lot of money to have his record cleared. "When I first met Kon, I didn't know he wasn't allowed into Canada because of the criminal record that he had," Kardinal admitted. "Now he's able to travel to Canada, Australia, to all types of different places, because he spends a lot of money to have his record expunged."
"What that means is that there's no way Akon could travel unless he was able to deal with his record and get a lot of that removed," he continued, "he wouldn't be able to be such a big international artist if he didn't get it removed." Kardinal says the media always dwells on the negative stating, "It doesn't matter who you are, whether you're a rapper, singer or actress it really seems that everything is just designed to try and pull people down," Kardinal explained. "The thing that I like about Akon is that it seems as if he's bulletproof because no matter what is thrown at him, he's able to deal with it."
Offishall is set to release his 4th album Not 4 Sale this July, leading with his first single "Dangerous" featuring Akon. The album also has appearances from labelmate T-Pain, J-Davey as well as popular Birt rapper-turned-singer, Estelle.