Fintelligens

Infobox musical artist
Name = Fintelligens


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Origin = Finland
Genre = Hip hop
Years_active = 1997 – present
Label = Sony Music
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Current_members = Elastinen
Iso H

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Fintelligens is a hip hop group from Helsinki, Finland. The band is formed of two MCs: Elastinen and Iso H. The band has released three albums and one compilation, all selling more than 15,000 copies. Fintelligens is arguably the most successful hip hop band in Finland.

In the early 1990s the Finnish hip hop scene was dominated by more humorous acts, such as Raptori. For many years afterwards, Finnish hip hop was strongly seen as some kind of joke. When Fintelligens released their debut album "Renesanssi" in 2000, it was the first more serious mainstream record to emerge. "Renesanssi" was a success and went gold with hit singles "Voittamaton", "Kellareiden Kasvatit" and a collaboration with Swedish MC's Petter and Peewee called "Stockholm-Helsinki". The album started a boom in Finnish hip hop as record companies endeavored to sign their own rap artists.

In 2001 Fintelligens released the albums "Tän Tahtiin" and "Kokemusten Summa" in 2002, both creating hit singles and certified gold. Fintelligens also made the theme song to the 2003 Ice Hockey World Championships, titled "Kaikki peliin". The song was a huge hit in Finland. In the same year they released a compilation album and both started to make solo albums.

Fintelligens were pioneers in creating a Finnish style of rap, and many other artists have been influenced by their style of rapping. Both Elastinen and Iso H produce beats also. "Renesanssi" included a couple of beats by both MCs, "Tän tahtiin" was mostly produced by Elastinen, and on "Kokemusten Summa" he provided all of the production.

The members of Fintelligens, together with Kapasiteettiyksikkö, are the founders of the Finnish independent hip hop record label Rähinä Records.

Fintelligens is working on a new album, set to be released in 2008.

Album Releases

* "Renesanssi" 2000 (Sony Music)
* "Tän tahtiin" 2001 (Sony Music)
* "Kokemusten summa" 2002 (Sony Music)
* "Nää vuodet 1997-2003" (compilation) 2003 (Sony Music)

New album 2008 TBA


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