Hip-hop culture originated in Iran in the 90s. At the time, rap was mostly a socio-political statement, but after a harsh reaction from the government, those who touch on a political theme in their lyrics left the country or went to prison.
Now popular trends Iranian rap — social and ethnic. The whole hip-hop culture of Iran is in the underground. In order to officially sell CDs, you need to get permission from the Ministry of culture and Islamic orientation, and this is very difficult. At the same time, local media, most of which are controlled by the state, have a negative attitude to hip-hop culture and do not write about rap artists.
Most artists use their studios or record their own music tracks with friends. Studios are mostly located in apartments or outbuildings. It is difficult for rap artists to get into public recording studios.
Getting on FM radio is also quite difficult. Distribute music is obtained only among their own-at private parties and on third-party Internet sites. Despite this, hip-hop gathered in Tehran quite a large community of rappers, graffiti artists, beatmakers, breakdance dancers, beatboxers and skaters.