SMC Lähiörotat

SMC Lähiörotat is a group of Finnish rap artists with their songs focusing in the underground life of Helsinki. Their debut album Raffii Suomi-flättii [fi] was released on June 15, 2011.[1] It peaked at #2 on the Finnish Album Chart.[2]

SMC Lähiörotat
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresFinnish rap, gangsta rap, skate rap, east coast hip hop
Years active2009 (2009)–present
LabelsFull House Records
MembersAvionin prinssi
Thono Slowknow [fi]
Past membersJuno

SMC is known for their humorous skateboarding-themed songs and music videos and their extensive and innovative use of Helsinki slang . Their lyrics are often satirical portraits of skateboarding culture, petty criminal lifestyle and vandalism.



The group became known from the YouTube video "SMC Hoodrats". It was filmed for a movie called Skatemaniacs, but also uploaded on YouTube in 2009. On the video, artists rap about good old times and hoods. It was directed by Pablo Films. The background music is originally from Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones (Part II)" instrumental version. The video got a lot of viewers in a short time and has been now watched over six million times. The song was named as "Northside nagetti" for the debut album Raffii Suomi-flättii. That version has a new beat, which tries to be more honest for the original "Shook Ones (Part II)".

The second video, "Lähiörotat skujaa" ("Cruising Hoodrats"), from SMC Lähiörotat came out in October 2010. It got over 100,000 views in four days and after two weeks it broke the line of million views. The theme of the song stays same. The video had same director and the beat was from two Finnish producers K.V.N & Lobo [fi]. The video is also visited by rap artist Notkea Rotta.

In 2011 SMC Lähiörotat got nominated in three different categories in appreciated Finnish music awards ceremony Emma-gaala.


On November 2012 SMC Lähiörotat's new music video of "Vastavirta" was published. Song was featured by Naispyy & Jinks. On May 2013 SMC Lähiörotat/Notkea Rotta - split 10"+CD was published.[9]

SMC Lähiörotat and Notkea Rotta published their EP on 21st of February 2014. EP was released as only 666. copy edition in 10-inch vinyl. Through Full House Records, EP's first music video "Rottaradio" came out in November 2013.

On April 2015 group published a new album called ”Ja niin se menee”, with singles ”Lotioonit pannassa”, ”Bitumin katku”, ”Ja niin se menee” and previously released ”Vastavirta”. New album features Davo and Lataaja Wormisto from "Jätkäjätkät" -group.


On February 29th, after 5 year hiatus, SMC Lähiörotat published their new song, "Suolaa haavoihin" with a new music video. One of the members, Juno doesn't appear on the video.



Music videosEdit

  • 2009: "Northside nagetti"
  • 2010: "Lähiörotat skujaa" (feat. Notkea Rotta)
  • 2011: "Yks risti kaks"
  • "Raffii Suomi-flättii" (feat. Asa, HenryWho? & Ameeba)
  • "Lahden sininen" (feat. El Maestro & Raikka)
  • 2012: "Vastavirta" (feat. Naispyy & Jinks)
  • 2013: "Rottaradio" (Notkea Rotta & SMC Lähiörotat)
  • 2014: "Bitumin katku"
  • 2015: "Ja niin se menee"
  • 2020: "Suolaa haavoihin"


  1. ^ "SMC Lähiörotat – Raffii Suomi-flättii". Full House Records. June 15, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "SMC Lähiörotat: Raffii Suomi-Flättii". (in Finnish). IFPI. Retrieved July 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)