Daniel Adams-Ray

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Daniel Adams-Ray
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Daniel Adams-Ray during a concert in 2011
Background information
Birth nameDaniel David John Adams-Ray
Also known asBig-Danne
Born (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 35)
Nairobi, Kenya
GenresHip hop, pop
Occupation(s)Designer, singer
Years active2000–present
LabelsSweden Records, Lagom Records
Associated actsSnook, Oskar Linnros, Petter, Avicii

Daniel David John Adams-Ray (born 18 August 1983 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a Swedish rapper, singer, and fashion designer.[1]

Early years[edit]

Daniel Adams-Ray was born in Kenya to an Indonesian mother and a father of Swedish/Scottish heritage. His mother was a school administrator and his father a medical surgeon. In 1996 the family left Africa for Europe and lived for a year in the Netherlands, where he played football (soccer) with a very young Arjen Robben.[1] Later the family left to Sweden, where they lived in Lidingö,[2] an affluent suburb of Stockholm. His parents owned and operated a plastic-surgery clinic in the area.[3] Daniel Adams-Ray says he felt very much like an outsider and says he was bullied and called racist slurs. After switching high schools, he started at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium and met Oskar Linnros his future partner in the band Snook.[1]


Daniel Adams-Ray as part of Snook alongside Oskar Linnros

The schoolmates and Oskar Linnros started an alternative hip hop duo group calling it Snook. The duo released two albums: Vi vet inte vart vi ska men vi ska komma dit in 2004 and Är in 2006 receiving both praise and heavy criticism. The band's unorthodox hip hop was met by comments that the band wasn't "keeping it real" and the fact that Adams-Ray spent his teenage years in Lidingö caused critics to label them "upper class rappers".[4][5] Despite some critics, the band had many hits, received awards from radio station P3,[6] The 2003 Swedish Hip-hop Awards 2003, and best Swedish band at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006. Daniel Adams-Ray won the Swedish freestyle-rap championship in 2004 and was awarded the prize for best Swedish rapper in 2005.[2]


Adams-Ray and Oskar Linnros drifted apart. Adams-Ray attended the design school Berghs School of Communication[7] and started the fashion label Lagom. During a fashion show in 2009 he produced some music and this led to new songs (with him singing, not rapping). He says his music might be called Kenyan pop-disco-indie-punk.[1] Influenced range from Motown-disco, afro beat, hip-hop and early 60's surf pop.[8]

Recently he has also collaborated with fellow swede Avicii in a new song Somewhere In Stockholm, which belong to his album Stories. 3 years later, he collaborated with Avicii again on a song titled "Ghost". For this single, Adams-Ray is credited under the name HUMAN.[9]



(For Daniel Adams-Ray's albums and singles as part of Snook, see discography section of Snook)


Year Album Chart
2010 Svart, vitt och allt däremellan 2
2013 Innan vi suddas ut 4


Year Single Chart
Certification Album
2010 "Dum av dig" 16 Svart vitt och allt däremellan
"Gubben i lådan" 1
"Förlåt att jag aldrig sagt förlåt" 8
"Lilla Lady" 40
"Svart" 46
"Gryningspyromanen" 52
2013 "Precis som jag" 25 Innan vi suddas ut
2015 "Thinking of Sunshine" 73
2016 "Isabel" 78
"Sittar på en dröm"
(with Oskar Linnros)
Year Single Chart
Certification Album
2013 "Håll om mig"
(Petter with Daniel Adams-Ray)
2015 "Somewhere in Stockholm"
(Avicii feat. Daniel Adams-Ray)
30 Stories


  1. ^ a b c d e http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/musik/pop-i-cool-forpackning-1.1125540
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ http://www.adam-plastikkirurgi.se
  4. ^ http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/skivrecensioner/snook-ar-1.444455
  5. ^ http://www.svd.se/opinion/ledarsidan/sa-lange-handerna-ar-i-luften_1492663.svd
  6. ^ http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/musik/p3-guld-hyllar-veteraner-och-nykomlingar-1.428647
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2010-11-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ https://www.youredm.com/2018/02/10/avicii-shares-new-song-co-wrote-human-ghost/
  10. ^ a b c "SwedishCharts.com Daniel Adams-Ray discography page". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  11. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016.

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