Akon and Snoop Dogg‘s sizzling stripper’s anthem ‘I Wanna Love You’ is this week’s From The Vault pick.
After scoring a monumental hit with ‘Smack That,’ the pressure was on for Akon to etch his name on atop of the charts with another smash. And, while some struggle to meet the challenge, that’s exactly what he managed to do with this 2006 anthem.
Initially a feature with rapper Plies, the single version saw Snoop step into the guest spot.
Produced by the singer, it was another home-run for the duo shooting straight to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.
The Benny Boom directed video showcased the stars surrounded by dancing video vixens; quite fitting given the song’s lyrics. Standard-fare, but engaging nonetheless.
Given his omnipresence for much of the mid 00’s, it’s odd that the Senegalese crooner isn’t doing much on the music front these days. At least on the mainstream playing field.
Still, we must give kudos to him for using his platform (one built on the success of songs like this) to push philanthropic causes and means of empowering his African homeland.
The charts can be fickle, but who knows: maybe he’ll have a second wind?