Aimé. M. was born in 1988 in a former refugee camp that was located in Rilima, Kigali. He later lived in two other refugee camps and Tanzania. Finally in 2002, he resettled to the United States of America with his family. Baltimore Maryland became his new home and he started his music career. He was was in the 8th grade at the time. He went on to finish high school at Southwestern Senior High in West Baltimore. During the last year of high school, he and his classmates would seat in class rhyming to each other and taking turns. Everyone came to know Aimé. M. as “Akon” – a nickname that nearly classmates gave him because Akon was also growing his fan base aggressively at the time and most claimed that the two look alike.