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December 17, 2004

Iran's self-styled rapping aristocrat
By Frances Harrison
BBC correspondent in Tehran
December 14, 2004

Iran has only one official rap musician, dubbed the Dapper Rapper for his smart suits and elegant lifestyle - a far cry from the radical music of the ghetto streets of the US where rap was born. Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh uses rap music mixed with Persian classical poetry in order to criticise poverty, unemployment, and the chi-chi women of Tehran wearing too much make-up under their chiffon headscarves. >>> Full text

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