I was born and raised in Iran. My unique experiences in life have formed my perspective on my lyrics and music. Growing up in the minority Baha'i faith in Iran meant that from a very early age, I have been under discrimination and prejudice. When I was two years old, the Islamic government of Iran confiscated our properties for believing in the Baha’i faith. It was devastating to realize my dream of having a successful life would never come true in my oppressive situation. I had to find within myself how to solve hardships at a young age. I overcame my life’s hardships with audacity and boldness, and also was fortunate to have supportive family and friends around me.
Excerpt of an interview:
Q. What inspired you to start singing?
These days, it is not easy to get things off your chest, or confide in someone about what goes on in your mind. Most of the people, when you talk to them about the breach of human rights in the world, they either don’t care or get bored. My personal idea is that through music, one could have a closer relationship with people and be more influential.
Q. Why did you choose rap and hip-hop over other music genres? What differentiates it?
There are many reasons for that, the most important being my own inner feelings, which are more about the problems I faced as a member of religious minority and the sadness of living away from my homeland in a lonely world. I wanted to speak out about all these issues in my songs. Using Hip-Hop, you have an opportunity to transfer most of what you want to say in the least time possible. The most important feature of Hip-Hop music is its being the language and the medium of opposition; it could be said that this music helped the African-Americans in Europe and the USA to liberate themselves from the chains of discrimination, and this is something that I find very inspirational.
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