Akon Through the Lens of DJ VLAD





Vladislav Lyubovny (Russian: Владислав Любовный; born June 28, 1973), commonly known as DJ Vlad, is an American interviewer, journalist, director and former disc jockey.

He is the CEO of video and news website VladTV.com. His YouTube channel, djvlad, features his interviews of multiple music artists and entertainers and currently has over four million subscribers. He has also produced and directed films.

Lyubovny was born in Kiev, Ukraine to a Russian Jewish family and moved to the United States at the age of five, first living in Massachusetts before settling in San Mateo, California.  Lyubovny was interested in hip hop in his youth and states that he fell in love with it when N.W.A released their debut album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988.


Lyubovny majored in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for Intel, Sun Microsystems, and AutoDesk while attending.  He was able to get a six-figure job out of college due to the dot-com bubble during the turn of the millennium.

In August 2008, Lyubovny was assaulted by rapper Rick Ross’ entourage after he covered a story on the rapper’s former career as a corrections officer.  Lyubovny filed a $4 million lawsuit.  On April 15, 2010, a New York Federal Jury awarded Lyubovny $300,000 in his civil suit, finding Ross liable for setting Lyubovny up for the attack at the 2008 Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas.



  1. djvlad
    • Akon on His Manager, Screw, Getting Killed Trying to Help Capone During Robbery (Part 10)
      • Videos
    • Akon: No Country in the World Has Done More Good for Africa than China (Part 18)
      • Videos
    • Akon: Michael Jackson Accusations Started when He Refused to Sell Beatles Catalog (Part 12)
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Published On:- 2020-August-21st
    • Akon on Growing Up in Senegal, Vlad Crying when He Visited Slave Island (Part 1)
      • Videos
    • Akon: Africans No Longer Think about Slavery, Black Americans Still Blame the Past (Part 2)
      • Videos
    • Akon on His Former Road Manager Knocking Out Suge Knight in 2009, Suge Pressing Charges (Part 16)
      • Videos
    • Akon Details Flying to Detroit to Hunt Down Eminem for ‘Smack That’ Feature (Part 11)
      • Videos
  2. Nick Cannon
    • Akon On Traveling To South Africa: “Only White People Have To Take Shots”
      • Profile
        • Akon has dominated the music scene but it is his work outside of entertainment that is really putting the multi-faceted artist in his own lane. The St.Louis native discussed plans for his own city that is currently under construction and tells Nick Cannon that it will feature an airport and utilize renewable energy. The rapper also talks about having his hand in politics, wanting to run for office, assisting behind the scenes with artist development, and even points out why those who are melanated are good to travel to Africa without unnecessary vaccinations.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel:- Power 106 Los Angeles
          Date Published:- 2019-November-20th

Quotes / Transcript

  1. Nick Cannon
    • Akon On Traveling To South Africa: “Only White People Have To Take Shots”
      • Greatest Fear
        • My greatest fear is for God not to be happy with me ( Segment 21 to 22 Minutes )
      • Advise
        • Worst Advice
          • It is too broad
      • Food
        • Jollof Rice
        • Slice of Pizza
        • Ox Tail
      • Worst Job
        • Paper Route
      • Best Album
        • Bob Marley Legend

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