Iranian Rap Music Bedevils the Authorities

Rough-edged underground musicians connect with the disaffected, under-30 crowd.

Iranian rapper Felakat was recently arrested in a crackdown on illegal music.

Iranian rapper Felakat was recently arrested in a crackdown on illegal music.

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Although defiant, most rappers do steer clear of political themes lest they invite even more severe crackdowns. For his part, dot S looks to the future. "If rap becomes legal," he says, "my albums would sell like hot cakes."