Infobox Musical artist
Name = Elastinen
Img_capt = Elastinen on "Anna Soida" theme.
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Kimmo Ilpo Juhani Laiho
Alias = Ela
Born =
Died =
Origin =
Instrument =
Genre = rap, hiphop
Occupation = Musician, CEO of Rähinä Records, producer
Years_active = 1997–present
Label = Rähinä Records
Influences =
URL = [http://www.elastinen.com/ www.elastinen.com]

Elastinen (born Kimmo Ilpo Juhani Laiho in 1981) is a Finnish rap musician and also known as one of the founders and is the CEO of the Finnish independent rap label Rähinä Records. Together with his colleague Iso H, he forms the Finnish rap crew Fintelligens. He has also released three solo albums.


Born in Helsinki, Elastinen began taking guitarlessons when he was seven years old. At the age of 11 he started dancing and has been a member of famous break-dance groups as IMC and Savage Feet. Inspired by a hiphop-cassette, given by his elder-brother, "Ela" wrote his first rap-lyrics when he was 15. He joined an anti-racist musical "Colorblind" and met Iso H. In summer 1997, Elastinen and Iso H founded Fintelligens. Elastinen was only 18 when they got their first record-deal.

Ela graduated from Sibelius-highschool (an art-school) in 2000. Same year Fintelligens released debut album "Renesanssi". Renesanssi certified gold and 1/3 of it is produced by Elastinen. In autumn 2001, Elastinen and Iso H released their second album, "Tän Tahtiin". It sold also gold and is part-produced by Ela.

When Elastinen was doing his military service at Santahamina in 2002 he used his freetime performing shows with Iso H. Fintelligens released third studio album in November. "Kokemusten Summa" sold gold and is entirely produced by Elastinen.

In 2004 Elastinen released his solo debut "Elaksis Kivi". The album was a real solo because it had none featuring artists. In 2006 he finished "Anna Soida". The first single, titled as the album, was a huge hit. "Fisuu" feat. Timo Pieni Huijaus was a great banger on gigs. "Anna Soida" is a bit more futuristic than Ela's debut. His third album, "E.L.A.", released in November 2007, under a year after "Anna Soida", has some features of Southern rap but Elastinen is still as lyrical as always. First single from the album, "Ovet Paukkuu", was #1 on NRJ-Finland and had heavy rotation also on Finnish MTV and The Voice.



* "Elaksis Kivi" (2004)
* "Anna soida" (2006)
* "E.L.A." (2007)


* "Syljen" (2004)
* "Bäkkiin Stadiin" (2004)
* "Anna soida" (2006)
* "Päivä kerrallaan" (2007)
* "Ovet paukkuu" (2007)
* "Häivytään" (2007)

External links

* [http://www.royalartistclub.com/elastinen Royal Artist Club - Official Mobile Blog]
* [http://www.myspace.com/elastinen MySpace site]
* [http://www.rahina.com Record Label Rähinä Records]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3pfqxqraldke All music] short biography.

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