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Soroush Lashkary better known by his performing name, Hichkas (nobody in Persian) is an Iranian rapper, songwriter, record producer. Dubbed the godfather of Iranian rap and pioneer of Iranian hip-hop genre, Hichkas’s early releases combined traditional Iranian instruments and urban beats to create a hybrid genre, a combination of east and west. Hichkas's songs are themed around social and cultural issues and his lyrical ability and influence pervade the hip hop and rap genre, placing him at the forefront of contemporary Persian literature and poetry, inspiring a new generation of songwriters and artists. Hichkas’s first album Jangale Asfalt

(The Asphalt Jungle) initially released in 2005 was seminal in that it was the first professional hip-hop LP to be released from Iran, and became a fine example of Iranian arts and culture. In addition to performance, Hichkas's work further spans into art direction, production and artist development, working closely with up and coming artists and providing mentoring, coaching, and guidance. Hichkas is currently working on his highly anticipated second LP, Mojaz. Official Website: www.hichkas.me