Hip hop: a voice in America, a voice overseas. Over the last two weeks outraged Iranians have flooded streets to collectively protest the alleged vote fraud and incumbent Ahmadinejad’s victory. Citizen journalism and the Internet- Youtube videos, Twitter, Facebook, blogs/websites have made Iran’s unfolding turmoil and election aftermath accessible to people around the world. A viral outpouring of amateur stories, images and videos achieved the following:
- overcame the blocking of media outlets and Iranian state controlled news agency
- created solidarity
- offered diverse perspectives that paint a full picture and stimulate debate.
Hich-Kas (meaning "Nobody"), Iran's elusive hip hop star, is a pioneer for Iranian social justice. His music is superficially deemed "western" and "decadent" yet its content is vividly Iranian.
Hip Hoppers- the new breed of Iranian musicians- are the ones who are doing a lot of the organizing of protests. Cellphones and text messaging as well as internet in Iran has been cut off in the government’s attempt to curb communication between the youth so the rappers are making songs. Rappers are telling and passing out information telling people where to go and meet and the issues going on. Its becoming the music of the revolution.
Though the Iranian government forbids him from selling albums, performing and traveling beyond Iranian borders Hich-Kas's brosque delivery and heartfelt prose have reached audiences across the globe.
'Nobody' raps about God and nationalism along with social commentary. He has even written a rap in defense of Iran's right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.