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Birth name Matar Henrikki Samba
Born (1983-03-29) March 29, 1983 (age 34)
Rinkeby, Stockholm
Genres Funk, hip hop, rap
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels Safe House

Matar Henrikki Samba, better known as Näääk, (born 29 March 1983 in Rinkeby, Stockholm) is a Sweden-Finnish rapper.[1]


A couple of years after high school (the beginning of 2000), Näääk began to record lyrics that he wrote himself. That hobby continued for five more years, until some producers from the studio Safe House, run by the record label Slang Musik in Stockholm, heard him and wanted him to guest some songs from other Swedish rappers[who?]. He continued with his song-writing at the same time as he was the guest rapper of many songs[which?]. His Wiley interpretation "Mina Gangsters" ("My Gangsters") is today an underground classic with hundred thousands of views on YouTube.[1][unreliable source?]

Year 2009, Näääk released his debut album Näääk Vem? ("Näääk Who?") which he recorded with Safe House Studios during 2008. The debut was nominated for the prize of "This Years Rap Album" on the Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio P3's "Gold Awards", but did not win anything.[2] Many producers[who?] contributed to the songs from the album and it ended up as an album with g-funk-inspired beats, melodic loops and a general funky sound. His album reminds of artist such as Devin the Dude and Snoop Dogg.[1] The latest album, Mannen utan mask ("The man without mask"), was released the 26th of September 2012 and was declared[by whom?] as a more mature album, unlike "Näääk Vem?".[2]

When Näääk Vem? was released, the rap duo Näääk & Nimo rap duo from Stockholm was formed, who often guest each other's songs and they tour together as a team. Jetlag and Blåser min rök ("Blow my smoke") are two singles that Näääk released with Nimo as the guest rapper, which were on the top list on Swedish radio stations for a long time.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Näääk was born and raised in the Swedish suburb Rinkeby to a Finnish mother and a Gambian father. He moved to Gullmarsplan when he started high school and he have been living there ever since.[1]

In an interview in 2010 he said he was single and according to him he did not have any desire of being in a relationship either. But since his younger days his dream girl has always been Halle Berry.[4]

He claims that he got his name Näääk, which he has been using since 2003, from a friend who tried to spell the word "Negro" in Finnish, but misspelled it and wrote "N-Ä-Ä-Ä-K-E-R-R-I" instead of the right spelling; "N-E-E-K-E-R-I".[1]



  • Näääk Vem? (21 October 2009)
  • Mannen utan mask (26 September 2012)


  • 2007: "Mina Gangsters"
  • 2012: "Jetlag"[5]

Others and featured in
Year Single Peak positions
2015 "Lyckliga gatan"[7]
(credited to Näääk & Nimo featuring Kaliffa)
"Jag hade en gång en båt"
(Allyawan feat. Näääk)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Slang Musik". January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cato, Carl (January 18, 2013). "Näääk på andra sidan festen". GöteborgsPosten. 
  3. ^ "Södra Teatern". December 26, 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ Forsberg, Malin (January 18, 2013). "Rapparen Näääk "Jag behöver ingen flickvän"". Expressen. 
  5. ^ "Diskografi". January 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Näääk discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  7. ^ swedishcharts.com Näääk & Nimo feat. Kaliffa page

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