Going to live concerts might by a common music lover’s pastimes, but pretty soon it won’t be an option for Iranian rap fans. According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran is making it known that rap music is unwelcome in the Islamic Republic.
Hussein Noosh- Abbadi, the country’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic guidance, feels that ultimately “this kind of Western music as a problem for our traditional music.” Noosh-Abbadi goes on to say that rap “encourages wild behavior that could have a detrimental effect on society.”
Iran has it’s own underground rap music scene (Iranian rapper Hichkas is pictured above at a show), but public concerts have to be approved by the ministry in order to take place. Based on the Islamic regime’s firm beliefs against the music form, it’s unlikely that any rap shows will get the thumbs up from this point on.
“We don’t want to have it and we will prevent any unwanted incidents normally associated with such concerts and other events,” Noosh-Abbadi said. Welp, there goes that.
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