Bu thiam is the younger brother of renowned singer Akon. The brothers have collaborated on several musical projects. Bu is also known for his role in the early careers of Lady Gaga, T-Pain, and Jeremih. He became Def Jam’s youngest A&R vice president at the age of 28 and later co-founded Konvict Muzik. He currently serves as a vice president of A&R at Roc Nation, an entertainment company founded by Jay-Z.
He is also active in social work and has a strong interest in helping the underprivileged. He has donated money to build schools and has been working with Kanye West on his Hawaii studio. His frequent visits to Senegal and the lack of internet there inspired him to create one of the largest internet service providers in the country. In September 2018, he started his own firm, Bu Vision.
Despite his illustrious career in the music industry, he maintains a low profile on social media. He has been criticized by producers for hiding financial statements to avoid paying royalties. However, his contribution to the internet facility in Senegal is far higher than the monetary amount for which he has been sued for.
Although his personal life is kept under wraps, research reveals that he has dated Joie Chavis from 2016 to 2017 and Tracee Ellis Ross from 2011 to 2013. He has also been linked with Lori Harvey, but prefers to remain single as per different sources.