The motive for the shooting remains unclear but the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that the rapper had recently received several threats. According to Swedish public broadcaster SVT, the shooting is allegedly gang-related. Einar, whose real name is Nils Gronberg, was born in Stockholm and rose to fame at the age of 16 when the song “Katten i trakten” from his debut album “Forsta klass” hit the Swedish charts in 2019.
He had been awarded the Song of the Year award in 2019 and the Newcomer of the Year award a year later. The rapper also had public conflicts with his rival Yasin. The latter was sentenced in July to ten months in prison for a failed Einar kidnapping project in 2020. Sweden has seen an increase in organized crime activity in recent years and several gang shootings have occurred in Stockholm. Gothenburg and Malmo.