Video: Finnish rappers, age 4



Ella ja Aleksi is a Finnish musical group featuring two four-year-old rappers. This video for the song "Yöjuna Rovaniemelle " is an absolute delight. (Thanks, Kirsten Anderson!)

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  1. My 6 year old daughter has been a big fan of Ella and Aleksi since she was about 2 or 3. They’re considerably older than 4 now, though. Also, if I recall, “Aleksi” is about 2 years older than his sister.

  2. As a native Finnish speaker, I had to check the info from Finnish sources, and according to the fi.wikipedia.org article, the kids were different on the 3rd album released in 2008 to the ones rapping on the first two.

  3. This is utterly adorable. I actually want to get this MP3 if it is at all possible. I generally hate rap, but these kids are just fabulous.

  4. @ lobster Why is this child exploitation? Translation of lyrics might help. I thought it was sweet until I read this comment.

  5. The lyrics are totally innocent and sweet: “Night Train to Rovaniemi”–“Top bunk for me, bottom bunk for me…” If they’re referring to exploitation, it’s only re: having kids perform at all

  6. Here’s a quick translation I did about the lyrics. Great video and I love especially Aleksi because he can’t pronounce the letter R correctly which makes his conductor sound like ‘condüktööRR’ ;D

    The lyrics might sound lame but that’s because they don’t rhyme in english…

    Lyrics:

    The beds are made for us
    This night train is heading towards Lapland
    Lower bed to you, the upper bed for me
    Now is time for ‘elfing’ around
    take out the toys, papers and markers
    The train is better than cars and busses
    here you can play, let’s make a cottage
    Even dad smiles when he is not driving
    (even dad smiles when he is not driving)

    Chorus:
    So let’s head towards Rovaniemi (<- a city in Lapland) This is nighttrain 865 there's a circle of elves of us out here Keep good care of us conductor (2x) Could it be possible to move into a train our home would keep moving all the time the conductor would protect our dreams a new locality every morning We found jars that say 'This is Helsinki's tapwater' (<-capital of Finland) when you push the pedal in the toilet soon you can see your pee in the rails (soon you can see your pee in the rails) Chorus: So let's head towards Rovaniemi (<- a city in Lapland) This is nighttrain 865 there's a circle of elves of us out here Keep good care of us conductor (4x)

  7. First, I didn’t know what they were saying. There was a spirtual something that I understand. And then I read the translation. I liked it.

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