Soroush Lashkary (Persian: Sorūŝ Laŝkari - سروش لشکری; born May 8, 1984) better known by his stage name Hichkas (Persian: Hiĉkas - هیچکس; meaning "No One") is an Iranian rapper, songwriter, poet, lyricist, music producer, record producer, art director from Tehran. Hichkas is considered as one of pioneers of Iranian hip hop and is nicknamed "Godfather of Persian Rap". Hichkas as is also the founder of 021, Saamet, and Moltafet. Hichkas's songs are themed around social and cultural issues in Iran and his lyrical ability and influence pervade the hip hop and rap genre, placing him at the forefront of contemporary Persian literature and Persian poetry, inspiring a new generation of Iranian songwriters and artists. Hichkas’s first album ‘'Jangale Asfalt’ (The Asphalt Jungle) released in 2005 was seminal in that it was the first hip-hop album (LP) to be released from Iran.
Hichkas Performing at Anjam Vazife Tour
|Birth name||Soroush Lashkary|
|Also known as||Hichkas|
|Born||May 8, 1984|
|Genres||Rap, Hip Hop, Experimental Music|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor|
|Labels||Moltafet, 021, Candis, Saamet|
|Associated acts||Mahdyar Aghajani, Reveal, Yas, Kool G Rap, Zedbazi, Pishro, Lowkey, Quf|
His music video from the single "A Bunch of Soldiers" was also the first ever music video released from Iran, in the genre of hip hop and rap, which he released in collaboration with Cultures of Resistance Films. Hichkas’s early releases combined traditional Iranian instruments and urban beats to create a hybrid genre, a combination of east and west.
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 and coaching, and consistently being the inspiration behind many Iranian artists in urban arts. He has appeared as guest speaker in many universities including Oxford University, Cambridge University, and Calgary University and discussing Iranian poetry, Iranian underground music scene, and the effect of internet on music publishing in Iran.
Hichkas is currently working on his highly anticipated second LP, Mojaz which is producing by Mahdyar Aghajani. Hichkas has collaborated with a number of International hip hop artists including the legendary American hip hop artist Kool G Rap.
Hichkas was born in Tehran. In his early years, Hichkas was known for founding a supergroup called 021 (the area code for Tehran). Around about 2003, he started his music career work in Vanak participating in Persian free-styling with people who also cover some English language songs in the Rap battle. Hichkas gained attention when he began rapping in Persian about social problems and the younger generation in Iran.. Hichkas’s early releases combined traditional Iranian instruments and urban beats to create a hybrid genre, a combination of east and west.
- Anjām Vazife (The Tour of Duty EP) produced by Mahdyar Aghajani (2011)
- 'Dastasho Mosht Karde' [In memoriam of the victims of the protests in 2019] (Release date: 10 December 2019)
- 'Gerye Dare' (Release date: 3 January 2017)
- 'Tof' (Release date: 5 October 2015)
- 'Firooz' produced by Mahdyar Aghajani (2015)
- 'Bang' (Release date: 1 September 2013)
- 'Mooye Parishoon' (feat. Roya Arab, Dariush) (2012)
- 'Chi Shenidi?' (with Fadaei) (What Have You Heard?) (2012)
- 'Killing Fields' feat. Roya Arab (Live at Leighton House Museum) (2012)
- 'Young N Foolish' (feat. Kool G Rap, Reveal, Quf) produced by Mahdyar Aghajani (2012)
- 'Ashegham' (2012)
- 'Man Age To Nabashi' (2012)
- 'Oon Mesle Dadasham Bood' (Release Date: 2 February 2012)
- 'Tiripe Ma 2' (2012)
- 'Bejang Mesle' (2012)
- 'Nefrat' (2010)
- 'Vaghei Tar Az Mostanad' (2010)
- 'Ye Rooze Khoob Miad' (2010)
- 'Ye Mosht Sarbaz (Bunch of Soldiers)' (Release Date: 13 May 2008)
- 'Bazam Kalan' feat. Reza Pishro (music by Mahdyar Aghajani) (2007)
- 'Har Tor Shodeh Migam' feat. Enzo (music by Mahdyar Aghajani) (2005)
- 'Divoone 1' feat. Pishro (2005)
- 'Vase Har Irani' feat. Saman Wilson (2005)
- 'To Masti' feat. Ho3ein & Enzo (2005)
- 'Komak' feat. Yas (music by Mahdyar Aghajani) (2004)
- 'Boro Jolo' feat. Reza Pishro (2004)
- 'Divoone 1' feat. Pishro (2004)
- 'Tiripe Ma' feat. Reveal (2002)
- 'Jibe Baba' feat. Reza Pishro
- 'Tamaso Karish Nakon' feat. Quf & Pishro & Tataloo & Masoud Saeedi
- 'Paa Bar Jaa feat. Bidad (music by Mahdyar Aghajani)
- 'Chera Azam Badet Miyad' (Diss Shahin Najafi)
- 'Migan Quf' feat. Quf
- 'To 021' feat. Reveal
- 'Microphone' feat. Taham
- 'Maaye Bede'
- 'Manam Hamintor' (music by Mahdyar Aghajani)
- 'Baxe Soroush'
- Dastasho Mosht Karde (music by Mahdyar Aghajani)
- 'Trip e Ma' (Our Style) (2004), music video edited by Fred Khoshtinat
- 'Ye Mosht Sarbaz' (A Bunch of Soldiers) (2008), music video directed by Fred Khoshtinat, with guest appearances by Mahdyar Aghajani, Reveal, Reza Pishro, Ali Quf, Atour and Bahram Nouraei. Sections of the video are included in the Cultures of Resistance full-length documentary feature film by Iara Lee.
- 'No One Knows About Persian Cats' (2009) feature film directed by Bahman Ghobadi, which won an Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize Ex-aequo at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Iran's underground music challenge BBC Radio 1 article
- "IRAN: HISTORIES OF MUSICAL RESISTANCE". Archived from the original on 2008-01-18.
- (in Persian) Nasir Shakouri. Chelcheragh Magazine, September 2006, No. 225, p. 16.
- Hamshahri Newspaper Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Siamdoust, Nahid (2017-01-18). Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran. ISBN 9781503600966.
- Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. viii, 88, 324.
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- Etemaad-e-melli Newspaper