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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Straight Out of Tehran

posted by on July 20 at 12:07 PM

Here’s some Iranian rap for your Sunday:

And here’s some commentary from a blogger in Tehran:

i really enjoyed this video clip from Hitch-Kas (Nobody), self-assumed Godfather of Iranian rap. the video is worth watching to get a glimpse of what Iranian rap sounds like. i just have some comments about the clip and Persian rap.

1. rap singing has become so popular among youth in the last 4-5 years. most rappers in this clip haven’t entered their 20s i bet.

2. hitch-kas is one of the most professional Iranian rappers; the first rapper who has released an album ‘Jangal-e-Asfalt’ with a label. despite his appearance, with that shaved head and mustache that is really rare and rustic among trendy Tehranis, he is popular. his lyrics are comparatively less explicit, and i think his beats and texts are the most polished.

3. the video is captured in Tehran. but I wonder how :-O. rap is an underground music in Iran; pretty natural when many rappers sing about sniffing coke, having sex or duping girls at the parties etc. of course ‘sterile’ raps can be sometimes heard in TV.

4. hitch-kas starts his song with praising the god. in one part he pays tribute to martyrs of the war. in another part of the text he says he and his gang will give their lives for four things: God, country, family and pals. i think Iranian rappers have succeeded in tailoring the genre to Iranian culture.

5. i like this part: ‘we’re a bunch of soldiers, [our] lives at our hands, so Ezra’eel [the Angel of Death] is a pal with our gang!]. witty.

6. in Iranian-scale the video is really professional.

7. the musical instrument flashed for some seconds at the end the video clip is santur, it’s got a really beautiful sound and is played by two wooden delicate sticks.

P.s. I’m not linking his blog because it wouldn’t be so good if he got overrun with Slog traffic. He’s reported in the past that the Mullahs are watching.

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"duping girls at the parties etc"


Posted by PC | July 20, 2008 12:09 PM

Why export freedom when we can export Tha Thug Life?

Wonder if they have gardens in their traffic circles over there...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 20, 2008 12:17 PM

Other news today, besides the stunning revelation that they have rap in Tehran and their guys like to rape girls at parties:

1. That Obanma guy is in Afghanistan. Yawn. Wow really not news.

2. He wants to send more troops there; the Nation magazine is highly critical of this. Wow sending more troops, there's nothing to even debate there, right?

3. Al Gore said something recently but the reaction and nonreaction esp. of major candidates and parties is not news.
Yawn. We'll handle it later.

3. From Sunday Times: "Clinton . . . is sending hand-written letters to campaign donors asking them to roll over their contributions to her Senate re-election fund – with “any amount in excess” of the maximum $2,300 contribution going to the 2012 presidential election."
Yawn, certainly any remaining divisiveness after Obama maxed outs didn't give to HRC isn't news.

The election's in the bag and there's no need to really unite more becaus wehav ethis huge three point lead in the polls and nothing could ever change between now and November.

OK sorry to go off topic but just wanted to show there's no news today. Let's get back to frisbee today and talking about rap.

Posted by PC | July 20, 2008 1:06 PM

This is pretty rad. Torrent hunting time.

Posted by The CHZA | July 20, 2008 1:45 PM

Josh is back?
Is he still short, bald and arrogant?

Posted by Josh is back? | July 20, 2008 2:39 PM

and i bet these boys are all for executing their fellow citzens for being gay. why would the mullahs be watching! i bet they love this shit, for shit it is.

Posted by scary tyler moore | July 20, 2008 2:48 PM

@6 How would Persian rappers being excited over the deaths of gays be that different from American rappers?

All the same, I'll add Persian to the list of language you can pleasingly rap in. Prior to today, that list contained only English and Italian.

Posted by Gitai | July 20, 2008 3:55 PM
Posted by Mr Fuzzy | July 20, 2008 4:27 PM

"Dupe" does not equal "rape." The lyric may be misogynistic (I don't know), but to apply a knee-jerk attribution of rape boast (there, I just coined a phrase) based on a word ("dupe") that is not even in the song (it was Feit's word, not the artist's) is premature, at the very least.

I could dupe you into drinking sarsparilla when you were expecting root beer. Not a crime.

Posted by Matthew | July 20, 2008 7:20 PM

Also, you @2: Start your own blog. It's not like the Stranger staff ignores current events. Not every thread is about the most important issues of the day.

Posted by Matthew | July 20, 2008 7:21 PM

@10, how rude.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 20, 2008 7:39 PM

That's pretty interesting that they have dogs in their video. Dogs are generally thought of as unclean in Muslim culture. I wonder if that's part of the "thug" life there.

Posted by sirlearnsalot | July 20, 2008 8:05 PM

@11: Sorry, I meant @3 in my previous post.

I had no issue with your post.

Posted by Matthew | July 20, 2008 9:13 PM

@9 - Yeah, you could dupe a girl into showing you her face.

Posted by Mahtli69 | July 20, 2008 10:03 PM

What's the point of blogging if you don't want traffic? I took the same amount of time @8 did, and that was the first link that came up. If you don't want people to know about it, for whatever reason, don't post it.

Posted by idaho | July 20, 2008 11:09 PM

Pit Bulls are a problem...

Posted by Matt | July 21, 2008 12:02 AM

only when they rap, @16 ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 21, 2008 12:13 AM

Hey Josh,

Why was al-Qaeda fired from The Stranger?

Posted by Snark of the Covenant | July 21, 2008 8:31 AM

@18: Because they kept using company email to manage their terrorism business.

Posted by Greg | July 21, 2008 9:24 AM

@19, actually it's because they betrayed their Islamic fundamentalist principles...Unpaid Intern is merely an anagram for A NUDE IN PRINT.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 21, 2008 9:31 AM

That and they kept insisting that all the women in the office wear burqas.

Posted by Greg | July 21, 2008 10:13 AM

A rap video without woman? What the hell?

Posted by Dougsf | July 21, 2008 1:31 PM

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