HELSINKI, Finland (CelebrityAccess) — On Friday, Warner Music Finland announced it has acquired the formerly independent Finnish rap and hip-hop label Monsp Records.
Label founder Keijo Kiiskinen will continue to serve as CEO at the label and will collaborate with the team at Warner Music Finland to extend the reach of the label’s artist roster.
Founded in 1997, Monsp Records is one of Finland’s largest independent labels and, over the years, has been home to many successful domestic artists, including the likes of chart-topping duo JVG, rap band Gasellit, rapper Pyhimys ‘The Saint,’ and rap-fusion band Atomirotta.
The company has also released music from Reino Nordin, Notkea Rotta, Ruger Hauer, Teflon Brothers, Seksikäs-Suklaa, Ruudolf, Karri Koira, Steen1, and others.
The acquisition deal did not encompass Monson’s related businesses and partner companies, which include labels Lihamyrsky, Katakombi, and Överdog; music retailer Katin Tavara; booking agency All Day; and digital music distributor Musiikindigitaalinenjakelu.fi.