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Ken Samaras (Greek: Κεν Σαμαράς; born April 3, 1990 in La Trinité), better known by his stage name Nekfeu (pronounced [nɛk.fø]), is a French rapper, actor and 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]

Nekfeu
Nekfeu avp.jpg
Nekfeu in 2017
Background information
Birth nameKen Samaras
Also known as
  • Nekfeu
  • Nek le Fennec
Born (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 29)
La Trinité, Alpes-Maritimes, France
GenresFrench hip hop
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.nekfeu.fr

CareerEdit

He is from greek and scottish descent[2]. Apart from 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.[3]. 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.[4]

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.

DiscographyEdit

EPs and albumsEdit

As part of 1995

  • 2011: La Source
  • 2012: La Suite
  • 2013: Paris Sud Minute

With Alpha Wann (member of 1995)

  • 2011: En Sous-Marin

As part of S-Crew

  • 2010: Même Signature
  • 2012: Métamorphose
  • 2013: Seine Zoo
  • 2016: Destins Liés

As part of L'Entourage

  • 2014: Jeunes Entrepreneurs

As part of 5 Majeur

  • 2011: 5 Majeur
  • 2013: Variations

Solo

Year Album Peak positions Certification
FRA
[5]
BEL
(Fl)

[6]
BEL
(Wa)

[7]
SWI
[8]
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
  • SNEP: 3× Platinum[9]
2019 Les étoiles vagabondes
  • Release date: 7 June 2019
  • Record label: Seine Zoo
1
[11][12]
12 1 1
  • SNEP: 3× Platinum[9]
Expansion
  • Release date: 21 June 2019
  • Record label: Seine Zoo
10
 
Nekfeu in 2014, performing at a festival in Grenoble

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[5]
BEL
(Wa)

[7]
SWI
[8]
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
[13]
1 12 Les étoiles vagabondes

Other charted songsEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[5][14]
BEL
(Wa)

[7]
SWI
[8]
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

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

  • 2017 : Tout nous sépare, directed by Thierry Klifa
  • 2018 : L'Échappée, directed by Mathias Pardo

TelevisionEdit

  • 2015 : Casting(s) (Television series, one episode : guest appearance as himself)
  • 2019 : My Hero Academia (Dubbing the character All for One in the french version)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Booska-p. "Biographie de Nekfeu".
  2. ^ Gurvan Kristanadjaja (24 June 2015). "Nekfeu, allumez le feu"..
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Nekfeu et Catherine Deneuve réunis au cinéma, le premier teaser dévoilé, Le Parisien, 13 August 2017
  5. ^ a b c "Nekfeu discography". lescharts.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Nekfeu discography". ultratop.be/nl. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Nekfeu discography". ultratop.be/fr. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Nekfeu discography". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Les Certifications – Nekfeu". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Nekfeu est disque d'or en Belgique !". Melty.fr (in French). 31 March 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 24, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 27, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 24, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 26, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 3 July 2019.

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