Background information
Birth name Kimmo Ilpo Juhani Laiho
Also known as Ela, Koala Laiho
Born (1981-04-18) 18 April 1981
Helsinki, Finland
Genres rap, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, CEO of Rähinä Records, producer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Rähinä Records
Associated acts Fintelligens
Website www.elastinen.com
Elastinen and Timo Pieni Huijaus
Elastinen at Cotton Club in 2006

Kimmo Ilpo Juhani Laiho better known by his stage name Elastinen (meaning Elastic in Finnish) (born 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 (Big H), he founded the Finnish rap duo Fintelligens. He has also released five solo albums.



Born in Helsinki, Elastinen began taking guitar lessons 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 Fintelligens

Main article: Fintelligens

In summer 1997, Elastinen and Iso H founded Fintelligens. Elastinen was only 18 when they got their first record-deal.

Ela graduated from Sibelius Academy, a music school in 2000. Same year Fintelligens released debut album "Renesanssi" with one-third produced by Elastinen. Renesanssi certified gold. In autumn 2001, Elastinen and Iso H released their second album, Tän Tahtiin. Also partly produced by him, it was in its turned certified gold.

Elastinen was then called in 2002 to do his military service at Santahamina. But he used his freetime performing shows with Iso H. Fintelligens released third studio album in November. Kokemusten Summa went gold. The album was entirely produced by Elastinen.

Solo career

In 2004 Elastinen released his solo debut "pulu kivi" In 2006 he finished his second album Anna Soida. The first single, the album's title track, was a hit. "Anna a" was released in 2006. His third album, E.L.A., was released in November 2007. First single from the album, "Ovet Paukkuu", was No. 1 on NRJ-Finland and had heavy rotation also on Finnish MTV and The Voice. He followed this with Joka päivä koko päivä in 2013, which peaked at number 4, and Elastinen feat. in 2016, which debuted at number 1. Elastinen feat. was preceded by a TV series featuring Elastinen collaborating with a different musician each episode.


(For Elastinen discography with his band / duo Fintelligens, see Fintelligens)


Year Album Peak positions Certification
2004 Elaksis Kivi 8
2006 Anna soida 11
2007 E.L.A. 10
2013 Joka päivä koko päivä 4
2016 Elastinen Feat. 1


Year Single Peak positions Album
2004 "Syljen" 17 Elaksis Kivi
"Bäkkiin Stadiin"  
2005 "Jeppiskamaa"
(Rähinä – Elastinen & Uniikki)
8 Non-album single
2006 "Anna soida" 2 Anna soida
2007 "Päivä kerrallaan" 9
"Ovet paukkuu" 9 E.L.A.
2013 "Iisii"   Joka päivä koko päivä
(feat. Uniikki, Timo Pieni Huijaus, Tasis & Spekti)
2015 "Eteen ja ylös" 2 Non-album single
2016 "Lempo"
(feat. Lauri Tähkä)
1 Elastinen Feat.
"Oota Mua"
(feat. Johanna Kurkela)
"Täytyy Jaksaa"
(feat. Sami Hedberg)
Other songs
Year Single Peak positions Album
2014 "Naurava Kulkuri" 1 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Vesa-Matti Loiri Day
"Peggy" 2 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Samuli Edelmann Day
"Oo siellä jossain mun" 3 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Paula Vesala Day
"Minä ja hän" 12 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Jenni Vartiainen Day
"Kun kuuntelen Tomppaa (kuuntelen Paulaa)" 13 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Paula Koivuniemi Day
"Mitä kuuluu" 20 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Toni Wirtanen Day
Featured in
Year Single Peak positions Album
2002 "Pelkkää viihdettä"
(Rockin Da North feat. Elastinen, Yor123,
Jurassikki, Flegmaatikot, Ezkimo, Paleface, Skandaali)
2008 "Laatuaikaa"
(XL5 feat. Elastinen)
"You Got the Light"
(Beats and Styles feat. Elastinen)
2010 "Pojat on poikii"
(Uniikki feat. Elastinen & Spekti)
2012 "Jos mä oisin sun mies"
(Jontte Valosaari feat. Elastinen)


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Elastinen discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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