Friday, November 30th, 2007 at 4:38 pm
You might think hip-hop is having a tough time here in the United States, but that’s nothing compared to what’s going on in Iran. Hip-hop has been deemed obscene by the country and officials believe that the “cultural invasion” is diminishing the country’s hardcore Islamic values.
"There is nothing wrong with this type of music in itself," said Mohammad Dashtgoli, an official for evaluation of music at the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, according to Breitbart.com. "But due to the use of obscene words by its singers this music has been categorized as illegal. In coordination with the police, illegal studios producing this type of music will be sealed and the singers in this genre will be confronted."
Hip-hop, especially artists with social and political themes have become increasingly popular in Tehran. In the past, rap artists needed special permissions to record an album, throw a concert or perform in the country from Iran’s culture ministry, but now most requests will be denied.