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Rapper Gracias

11.3.2014 Text: Annaliina Niitamo Photos: RedBull
My Helsinki_Gracias

Deogracias Masomi, or better known as Gracias, is a Congolese-Finnish rap-artist who came to be known and loved through his hit “HKI”, where he reclaims his love toward his home town Helsinki. After fleeing his birth country Congo in 1992, Gracias has become one of the top rappers in Finland. In 2011, Gracias was chosen as the most promising domestic act for the year 2012 by a panel of Finnish music journalists.

Favourite Location

I’ve always liked the views that Tähtitorninmäki provides. Eiranranta has renewed It’s look and its really worth checking out. The nice views from there continue all the way to Merisatama and further.

Favourite Attraction

Suomenlinna is always on every tourist’s “to do list”, but since breaking my own record of visits in the summer time (we shot a music video there), I’ve grown to appreciate the place even more.

Favourite Island

There are more than 300 islands (archipelagos). Pihlajasaari and Uunisaari are my favorite ones. I’m planning visiting the rest…Some time.

Favourite Hangout

My fav place to drink coffee, eat sushi and hang is definitely “The Boom Room”. The owner Boom really puts effort in giving customers a great first time impression. Just try the Salmon Sashimi set.


I like the fact that I’m still finding amazing news spots and places in Helsinki to this day, even though people tend to say it’s such a small city. Small and compact.

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