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Nekfeu
Nekfeu in 2017
Nekfeu in 2017
Background information
Birth nameKen Samaras
Also known as
  • Nekfeu
  • Nek le Fennec
Born (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 30)
La Trinité, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
GenresFrench hip hop
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.nekfeu.fr

Ken Samaras (Greek: Κεν Σαμαράς / Ken Samarás; born April 3, 1990), better known by his stage name Nekfeu (pronounced [nɛk.fø]), is a French-Greek rapper, actor and record producer. He is also a member of the bands L'entourage and 1995. He started his career as a member of the group S-Crew, with childhood friends Framal, Mekra, 2Zer Washington and DJ Elite. He joined 1995 in 2007, participating in open mic duels around Paris.[1]

Early life and career[]

Samaras was born in La Trinité, a commune within the Nice metropolitan area, to a father of Greek descent and a mother of Scottish descent.[2] At the age of 11, he and his family moved to the 15th arrondissement of Paris.[3]

After two extended plays with 1995 (Aurélie in 2011 and Anais in 2012), as well as the studio album Paris Sud Minute in 2013, Nekfeu released his debut studio album Feu on 8 June 2015, for which he won Best Urban Music Album at the Victoires de la musique in February 2016, as well as Destins Liés with S-Crew in June 2016. In 2015, he also wrote and performed a song for the French version of the film Creed.[4]. In 2016, he released his second album entitled Cyborg.

In 2017, he made his acting debut in the film Tout nous sépare, opposite Catherine Deneuve.[5]

In 2019, he released his third album “les étoiles vagabondes”. The album premiered in cinemas, as a movie accompanied the album. The movie premiered 2h before the album was made available on streaming platforms. The album was extremely well received. It Included a song featuring mainstream Belgian rapper Damso (Tricheur), and many other songs entered the top 20 in the French charts.

Personal life[]

Nekfeu is an avid follower of Paris Saint-Germain, based in the city where he grew up, and his hometown club OGC Nice.[2]

Discography[]

EPs and albums[]

As part of 1995

With Alpha Wann (member of 1995)

As part of S-Crew

As part of L'Entourage

As part of 5 Majeur

Solo

Year Album Peak positions Units Certification
FRA
[6]
BEL
(Fl)

[7]
BEL
(Wa)

[8]
SWI
[9]
2015 Feu
  • Release date: 8 June 2015
  • Record label: Seine Zoo / Polydor
3 65 3 5
2016 Cyborg
  • Release date: 2 December 2016
  • Record label: Seine Zoo
4 3 10
2019 Les étoiles vagabondes
  • Release date: 7 June 2019
  • Record label: Seine Zoo
1
[12][13]
12 1 1
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Expansion
  • Release date: 21 June 2019
  • Record label: Seine Zoo
10
Nekfeu in 2014, performing at a festival in Grenoble

Singles[]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[6]
BEL
(Wa)

[8]
SWI
[9]
2014 "Time B.O.M.B." 86
2015 "Égérie" 49 Feu
"On verra" 14 37
"Nique les clones, Pt. II" 57
"Tempête" 21
"7:77 AM"
(featuring 86 Joon)
26 Feu (Réédition)
2016 "Jusqu'au bout"
(S-Crew)
75 Destins liés
2019 "Tricheur"
(featuring Damso)
1
[15]
1 12 Les étoiles vagabondes

Other charted songs[]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[6][16]
BEL
(Wa)

[8]
SWI
[9]
2015 "Reuf"
(featuring Ed Sheeran)
72 Feu
"Rêve d'avoir des rêves" 111
"Ma dope"
(featuring S.Pri Noir)
125
"Martin Eden" 129
"Mon âme"
(featuring Sneazzy)
152
"Princesse"
(featuring Nemir)
172
"Plume" 13 Feu (Réédition)
"Mal aimé" 51
"Question d'honneur"
(featuring S-Crew)
78
"Deux-trois"
(featuring 1995)
56
"Pars avec moi"
(featuring 1995)
46
"Les Bruits de ma Ville"
(featuring Phénomène Bizness)
44
"La Ballade du Frémont"
(featuring Doums)
52
2016 "Mauvaise graine" 7 18 72 Cyborg
"Squa" 15 67
"Humanoïde" 19 69
"Galatée" 21
"Saturne"
(featuring Sneazzy and S.Pri Noir)
25 76
"Avant tu riais"
(featuring Clara Luciani)
56
"Réalité augmentée" 67
"Esquimaux"
(featuring Nepal)
71
"Nekketsu"
(featuring Crystal Kay)
75
"Besoin de sens"
(featuring Framal and Jazzy Bazz)
106
"Le regard des gens"
(featuring Némir, 2zer, Mekra and Doum's)
113
"Vinyle"
(featuring Alpha Wann)
142
"O.D"
(featuring Murkage Dave)
152
"Programmé" 197
2017 "Zone"
(Orelsan featuring Nekfeu with Dizzee Rascal)
12 La fête est finie
2018 "Juste pour voir"
(S.Pri Noir featuring Nekfeu)
70
2019 "Dans l'univers"
(featuring Vanessa Paradis)
2 50 29 Les étoiles vagabondes
"Elle pleut"
(featuring Nemir)
3 32
"Cheum" 4
"Les étoiles vagabondes" 5
"Alunissons" 7
"Voyage léger" 8
"Takotsubo" 9
"Menteur menteur" 11
"Le bruit qui court" 13
"Premier pas" 14
"Ciel noir" 15
"De mon mieux" 16
"Compte les hommes"
(featuring Alpha Wann)
17
"Óλά Καλά" 18
"Koala mouille" 19
"Pixels"
(featuring Crystal Kay)
21
"1er rôle" 23
"Ken Kaneki" 18 Expansion
"Écrire" 21
"Sous les nuages" 23
"CDGLAXJFKHNDATH"
(featuring 2Zer and Mekra)
33
"Energie sombre" 38
"Natsukashii" 47
"L'air du temps"
(featuring Framal and Doums)
51
"Oui et non" 56
"Rouge à lèvres"
(featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
58
"Chanson d'amour" 59
"De mes cendres" 64
"Jeux vidéo et débats" 66
"Dernier soupir" 74
"Nouvel homme" 76
"Interlude Fifty" 80
"A la base" 83

Filmography[]

Film[]

Television[]

References[]

  1. ^ Booska-p. "Biographie de Nekfeu".
  2. ^ a b Kristanadjaja, Gurvan (24 June 2015). "Nekfeu, allumez le feu". Libération.
  3. ^ Delamarre, Geoffrey (July–August 2015). "Les flammes du bien / Nekfeu le 5e élément du rap français". RAPRNB.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  4. ^ "Creed : Nekfeu serre les poings avec Stallone et signe le générique du nouveau Rocky". Charts in France (in French). 13 January 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  5. ^ Nekfeu et Catherine Deneuve réunis au cinéma, le premier teaser dévoilé, Le Parisien, 13 August 2017
  6. ^ a b c "Nekfeu discography". lescharts.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Nekfeu discography". ultratop.be/nl. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Nekfeu discography". ultratop.be/fr. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Nekfeu discography". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Les Certifications – Nekfeu". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Nekfeu est disque d'or en Belgique !". Melty.fr (in French). 31 March 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 24, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 18 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 27, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 9 July 2019.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ min, Charts·3 février 2020 | 10 h 19 (2020-02-03). "Top Albums : une seconde semaine au sommet pour Maes". aficia (in French). Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 24, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 16 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 26, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 4 August 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.

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