Erfan (rapper)

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Erfan (عِرفان)
Erfan mic.jpg
Background information
Birth name Erfan Hajrasuliha
Born (1983-08-03) August 3, 1983 (age 31)
Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
Origin Isfahan, Tehran, Irvine
Genres Hip hop, Iranian hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter, singer
Instruments Vocals
Labels Avang Music, Paydar, RadioJavan

Erfan Hajrasuliha (Persian: عرفان حاج رسولی ها), better known as Erfan Paydar (Persian: عرفان), is an Iranian rapper and producer.[1] His views are a result of his personal experiences and that is reflected in his poems.[2] His songs provide a mixture of commentary on daily life as well politics, poetry and social issues.[3][4]


Life and career[edit]

Erfan was born in Isfahan, Iran, on August 3, 1983.[5]

Work to date[edit]

He released his debut album Az Khaneh ta Goor (From the Cradle to the Grave) in 2007.[6] Erfan’s focus on his first album was to introduce Iranian Hiphop to a wider audience and detail some of his frustrations with Iranian music. The album was named after a poem by Molaana Rumi about death. The album encompasses some of his thoughts as a travelling immigrant from his home country Iran.[7] On September 1, 2011 Erfan released the single, 'Donya Male Maast" Featuring Sami Beigi.[8]

Album: Az Khaneh Ta Goor (2007)[edit]

On July 24, 2007, Erfan released his first album. Earlier events had provided inspiration for Erfan's first Album. Erfan was briefly arrested and jailed in 2002.[9] "Sad Ghasam" was featured on Erfan's debut album, Az Khaneh Ta Goor (From the Cradle to the Grave).

Musical style and influence[edit]

Erfan has said that "many old school/new school musicians and many old school/new school Iranian poets " have influenced him in his style,.[10] In his interview with Radio Javan he names some of his influences as traditional Iranian poets such as Omar Khayyam, Hafez and Saddi Shirazi and more recent Iranian poets such as Sohrab Sepehri and Parvin E'tesami. He also mentions traditional Iranian music and names Iranian singers Dariush and Googoosh as well as American rappers Tupac Shakur, Nas and Mos Def.[11]

Social causes[edit]

In 2007, he collaborated on a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for PACI (Persian American Cancer Institute).[12] In July 2009, following the Post 2009 election events in Iran,he released a song called Tasmim (Decision) about the events of the election in which he expressed sorrow, frustration, and a request for the movement to continue.[13] He continued supporting the Green Movement of Iran on his Facebook page.[14]



  1. ^ "An interview with Erfan, an Iranian rapper out of USA". Zirzamin Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Erfan Interview". Radio Javan. Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Erfan Interview with Voice of America". Voice of America; Youtube. Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  4. ^ Ferani, Leyla (2010-11-10). "Why Iran is cracking down on rap music?". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Erfan Official Website". Biography Summary. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  6. ^ "eWorldRecords release date". eWorldRecords. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  7. ^ "An interview with Erfan, an Iranian rapper out of USA". Zirzamin - Iranian Alternate Music Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Donya Male Mast Official Music Video; Youtube". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Erfan Interview: From Cali to Tehran". Future Rock Stars of America; Youtube. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  10. ^ "Influences". Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  11. ^ "Erfan Interview". Radio Javan. Retrieved 2006-08-20. 
  12. ^ "PACI- Public Service Announcement". Persian American Cancer Institute. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  13. ^ "MTV Report-Persian Rap for keeping on". Retrieved 2009-07-15. [dead link]
  14. ^ Erfan's support for 25 Bahman protests

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