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Background information
Birth name Yaser Bakhtiari
Also known as YAS
Born (1982-06-20) June 20, 1982 (age 34)
Origin Masjed Soleyman,  Iran
Genres Rap, Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Songwriter
Years active 2003-present
Associated acts Aamin, Tech n9ne, DJ Aligator, Reza Sadeghi, Hichkas, Mita Maleki, Sirvan Khosravi
Website Yastunes Yastunes.ir Yas Fans Instagram

Yaser Bakhtiari (Persian: یاسر بختیاری‎‎; born 1982 in Mashhad), better known by his stage name Yas (یاس), is an Iranian rapper. Yas is one of the most popular rappers in Iran and Middle East. He is also known for his Faravahar pedant, a symbol of Iranian nationalism and Zoroastrianism, that he wears most of the time.[1][2][3] On December 21, 2011 Yas was chosen by the voters as the Artist of the Week in MTV IGGY[4] Entitled Tehran’s Hard-Hitting MC.[5]

Early life[edit]

Yas first began to listen to rap music at the age of 16 when his father returned from his business trip in Germany and brought him the latest Tupac album and other hip hop songs and he was heavily influenced by them. After the sudden death of his father, he was faced with the responsibility of becoming the primary caretaker of his household With his father's debts to pay.[6] Yas was forced to leave his college ambitions behind and begin to work and support his entire family.It was at this time that he began to write poetry which soon turned into lyrics for his music.[7]

Music career[edit]

Yas started his work after the 2003 Bam earthquake, He was devastated by the disaster, it was then, that he wrote his first song "Bam". This was the beginning of his rapping career. He realized that through rap music he had the ability to reach people by telling full stories that he thought was not easy to do through other forms of music which only consisted of a few versus and a chorus. Realizing that through his music, he had the ability to inspire people and reach millions of other young people in Iran.[8] Yas in 2006 made a song called CD Ro Beshkan (Break The Disk) which was written about a well known female actress Zahra Amir Ebrahimi in Iran who was the victim of Sex scandal tape that was getting widespread. The scandal ultimately ended her blossoming career. In the song Yas criticizes the people for playing a role in her demise and asked everyone to stop spreading her shame and to get rid of that infamous footage from their computers and cellphones. The song hit a nerve among the Iranian youth and thousands wrote in and confessed that they went ahead and Broke that Disk. The song was listened to and downloaded by millions in Iran alone. His music has crossed the International waters and he is now fast becoming the voice of his generation For Iranians inside and outside of their country.[9]

Yas in 2008 made a song called Hoviate Man[my identity] describing his pride in his Persian heritage and a mention of the controversial 300 film. The song has become sort of a national anthem for the younger generations especially the Iranian diaspora that are eager to connect to their rich culture and history. His music has set a new standard for Persian rap and has inspired many up and coming rappers to follow his lead and sing of more meaningful and positive messages in their own music and when he is not recording himself, you will find him collaborating with other musicians so that together they can introduce Persian rap to the world.[10] Yas in 2008 made and wrote a song named "Darkam Kon" (Understand me).This song was great and it was welcomed a lot among people who can't find jobs.Yas's music was a protest to the government and for poverty and people who can't find jobs and they are poor.

Yas in 2011 made a song called Az Chi Begam for a burnt school in Dorodzan . Yas in 2013 became the first rapper authorized to perform by the Iranian government.[11] In 2014 Yas decided to cooperate with Tech N9ne. The pair are the first rappers from Iran and the United States to work together musically.That is, obviously, the highest profile Usa and Iran rap collaboration to date. Their single was titled "The Sound of Unity" which was released this year along with a Music video.[12][13]


Yaser, who raps in Persian, states he was heavily influenced as a young man by Tupac Shakur albums brought back to Iran by his father, as well as the Classical Persian poetry especially Rumi. He is one of the few Persian rapper who do not use any swear words in their song[14] Yas theme songs is the social problems. Yas’ accomplishments paved the way for new rappers to perform in Iran. Though it was illegal for individuals to perform in Iran prior to Yas, today, numerous rappers are letting their voices be heard, and challenging the economic disparity that exists in Iran.[15]


Yas the symbol is Farvahar. He is one of the enthusiasts Cyrus the Great.



  • "Khiyabooniha" (From the Streets)
  • "Be Omide Iran" (In hopes of Iran)



  • "Bam"


  • "Bayad Betoonim"
  • "Komak" (Help) (Feat Hichkas)


  • "Hoviate Man" (My Identity) (Feat Aamin)
  • "Toos Rap" (With F-jam & A-del)
  • "Sakhte" (Feat Nima Allameh)
  • "Naro" (Do not go) (With Reza Sadeghi)
  • "Zehi Eshgh" (Feat Sara Naeini)
    • Darkam Kon" (Understand Me)



  • "Nisti" (Ft. Aamin)
  • "Bekhatere Man" (For the sake of me)
  • "Gheseye Zirzaminha" (The Story of the Undergrounds)


  • "Sarbaz e Vatan" (Soldier of the Homeland)
  • "Az Chi Begam" (What Can I Say)


  • "Man Mijangam" (I’ll Fight On)
  • "Vaghte Raftan" (Time To Leave) (Feat Aamin)
  • "Trash The Club" (With Dj Aligator)


  • "FarYAS (Faryade YAS)" (Shout of Yas)
  • "Amen" (Feat AaMin)


  • "Man Edameh Midam" (I'll Continue)
  • "Sound Of Unity" (Sedaye Ettehad) (Feat Tech N9ne)
  • "Do Do Ta Chahar Ta" (2×2=4)
  • "Vasiat Nameh" (Wills)


  • "Bad Shodam" (I've Become Bad)
  • "Mosafer" (Passenger)
  • "Hamechi Dorost Mishe" (Everything Will Be Fine)
  • "Zende Bad Iran" (Long Live Iran)


  • "Barcode" (Song Barcode Movies)
  • "Boghz Yani" ("Ft AaMin")
  • "Nameyi Be Farzand" (Letter to a Child)


  • "SARKOOB" (Suppression)

Music videos[edit]

  • Bezarin Bokoshamesh (Let kill Him)
  • Bi To Dige Na Aslan (No you don't Even) (With Aamin)
  • Raaz (Mystery) (With Sasan)
  • Gheseye Zirzaminha (Rock On) (With The Ways)
  • Bekhatere Man (For the Sake of Me)
  • Sarbaze Vatan (Soldier of the Homeland)
  • Trash The Club (With Dj Aligator)
  • Az Chi Begam (What Can I Say)
  • Vaghte Raftan (Time To Leave) (Feat AaMin)
  • FarYAS (Faryade YAS) (Shout of Yas)
  • Sound Of Unity (Sedaye Ettehad) (Feat Tech N9ne)
  • Mosafer (Passenger)
  • Hamechi Dorost Mishe (Everything Will Be Fine)
  • Nameyi Be Farzand (Letter to a child)


Yas has been interviewed by the media, including CNN,[16] BBC and The Guardian.[17] He has also just signed a contract with an American music publishing company Modiba. Ironically, Evergreen Publishing is also the home of the late Tupac Shakur catalogue who has granted permission for a mashup song between Yas and Tupac to show how hip hop can help bridge the cultural divide between us.


  • United States (University of Michigan), (San Francisco), (California) (Los Angeles)
  • United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
  • Canada (Toronto)
  • England (London)
  • Australia (Melbourne)


  • Rock On (documentary)


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