Asa is probably the most original artist in Finnish rap music in terms of the beats he uses and especially as a lyricist. During the last twelve years he has influenced the whole Finnish hip-hop culture more than anyone else. But in the beginning, Asa was known as Avain. He released his debut album ”Punainen tiili” in 2001 and it became an instant classic.
His lyrics dove into concrete social problems and his attitude was full of juvenile bravado. The production by Jukka Immonen made the hip-hop heads nod like there was no tomorrow. Classic tracks like Roihuvuori and Yhdes iltaan continue to cause shivers every time you hear them. Avain will perform ”Punainen tiili” in it’s entirety at Blockfest 2017. As the majority of the album features will also get up on stage, this’ll be one helluva show.