Hichkas – Ye Rooze Khoob Miad (and the origins of rap)

This is by far one of the best Persian rap songs I’ve heard (thanx Milad).  I should tell you that I am one of those who thinks that mainstream rap is dead, DEAD. Most commercial rappers today rap about nothing. Actually, they wrap about something worse than nothing – promoting all sorts of distractions that take attention away from real issues plaguing our country and world today – a betrayal of the origins of rap. Rap used to be revolutionary, but now it’s part of the problem. Unfortunately, a lot of Persian rappers today have emulated not the pioneers of rap but the fools destroying the art today. Hichkas, however, in his new song “Ye Rooze Khoob Miad” reminds us that some still stay true to the foundations of rap – foundations whereby people use an innovative art form to bring attention to society’s ills and larger issues as a whole. And yes, the last part of the song is a clip from a Shariati speech, which should also serve as a reminder that although he died in 1977, Dr. Shariati continues to be relevant, thankfully.

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