Rudy Kulmala, better known by his stage name Ruudolf, (b. 1983) is a Finnish hip hop artist. Ruudolf, sometimes just ‘Rudy’ to his fans, is known for his calm flow and energetic live performances. He rhymes in Finnish.
His debut album Doupeimmat Jumala Seivaa climbed on the 18th place on Finland’s official album list after its release in 2004. Ruudolf has won the Finnish freestyle/battle rap championship two times. First in 2001, being only 17 years old at the time. His latest win came in 2005, already being an accomplished artist in Finland. Before starting his career as a solo artist, Ruudolf was a part of the group ‘Vähäiset Äänet’. His friend Karri Koira (also former member of Vähäiset Äänet) is often seen by his side during live performances. Karri Koira also features on many of his recordings.
He grew up in Herttoniemi, Helsinki. One of his song is named ‘Herttoniemest Ikuisuuteen’ (‘From Herttoniemi to Eternity’). He is a quarter Mexican and a faithful Christian. This can be heard in his lyrics. He used to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis. He says that after he found God, his life took a complete turnaround – he has since quit using drugs, drinking and smoking. The name of his debut album, ‘Doupeimmat Jumala Seivaa’ roughly translates to 'God saves the dopest'.