Aka Pedi’s ‘LaL’ Presents Iran’s Unique and Growing Rap Scene

We like to think about the lyrics, the heart, the intention, the theory behind a song – any song. This is what makes us audiophiles feel like audiophiles, music journalists feel like music journalists. It’s our bread and butter, whether we make money from it or just use it as a kind of assertiveness.

Sometimes, however, the music feels good – not only does that sound good, but actually and irrationally right feels well, which is absolutely the case for the last track and the last video of Iranian rapper Aka Pedi. Now, for our predominantly Arabic-speaking readership, contemporary Iranian music remains out of reach, the language barrier separating the Arab and Farsi worlds. As a country and culture, however, we have so much more in common and you don’t have to dig too deep to find a common heritage that continues to inform contemporary art and discourse.

Now, how closely Aka Pedi’s relentless and grimy hip-hop aesthetic matches the above is conversation for another day, but the point is, Iran is a fertile land of interesting and original music, and Sampatic Records is a name that leads the charge. While the label has appeared on SceneNoise countless times before, championing Tehran’s burgeoning electronic scene, Aka Pedi has been the object of their attention for some time and this latest release (whose name translates to some thing like ‘dumb’ or ‘mute’) speaks of a growing hip-hop scene that the rest of the area needs to start paying attention to.

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