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Az Khaneh Ta Goor

by Erfan

Initially regarded as Persian hip-hop's most promising newcomer, Erfan expanded his reach establishing himself as a distinguished rapper ."Az Khaneh ta goor" is a soulful/poetic yet musical episode of the diverse everyday lives of young Iranian-Americans.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. Intro(Az Khaneh Ta Goor)
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2. Khatteh Man
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3. Sad Ghasam
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4. Jaddeh feat. Afra & Khashayar
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5. Maayeh feat. Afra, Khashayar & Sahand
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6. Emshab feat. Khashayar & Sahand
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7. Bia Bia
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8. Koor
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9. Joda feat. Mahshid
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10. Bezar Began
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11. Hidden Track(Jasebeh Remix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Erfan was born on August 3rd, 1983 in Isfahan, Iran. At the tender age of six months, Erfan began his journey across the world. After living in multiple countries, Erfan's family knew it was time to set their sites on one specific area. After much thought, Erfan and his family began building their life in the USA. Being raised in a family who highly values poetry and literature, Erfan started from a young age to appreciate the arts. As Erfan grew older, he took greater interest in Farsi literature which includes poetry, philosophy, cultural, political, and religion studies. Having experienced a culture shock by moving to America, Erfan was able to channel his conflicting feelings and express them in an artistic way. His lack of stability, caused by constantly moving locations, forced Erfan to deal with attachment differently than most. Despite being raised in the western world, Erfan never lost sight of his Iranian culture. He began writing creative Iranian literature around the age of 14, and from there he expanded his interests to include poetry and music. Erfan conveys many of his life experiences in his poetry and uses his words as a tool to resolve conflicting issues that he is confronted with. At the age of 23, Erfan has added Iranian hip-hop to his list of artistic achievements. The impressive combination of raw talent and perseverance has contributed to Erfan's eagerness to take the world of Iranian hip-hop to new heights.


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DeanA

A Step forward for Rap Music; a revolution for Persian Music.
If you ever sit down and talk to the man himself; Erfan Hajrasuliha will tell you he is a poet before a rapper, and a musician before an artist. Truer words were never spoken. His music, artistically contrived and produced with his particular vision in mind, represents a musical tapestry unheard of in the hip-hop / rap genre since the days of Tupac, Biggie, & The Roots. Why? 11 tracks, all unique in nature, all touching upon real subject matter that people can not just bob there head to, but relate to and contemplate on. Blasting into your eardrums with his first Track “Intro”, Erfan explains his desire to become a musician in a 30-bar explosion of lyrical genius that parallels even the best rappers of today. You would be hard pressed to find someone who can put together such long and meaningful sentences together while still retaining the ability to flow harmoniously with the beat. Combine that with the intricacies of the Farsi language, and Erfan has no equal.
Moving on, Erfan describes the inner struggle of one trying to make it in life in his song “Maayeh”, pointing out that some people are spoon-fed success while others must struggle to earn the fruits of their labor; regardless of your situation don’t just stand around, do something about it. In songs "Joda" & "Emshab", he is able to change up his style and even voice to cater to the female listener by providing a smooth easy going sound that all can enjoy, yet still refraining from packing the lyrics with poppy catch phrases that dominate the club bangers these days. He concludes his album with two of his strongest songs, “Bezar Begam” and an untitled bonus track which has one of the best beats I have heard all year.
The problem with Rap Music these days is it is no longer lasting. I’ll still be bumping Tupac in my car when Chingy and DJ Unk have long faded in my memory. Erfan has created an album which in my opinion will remain timeless for years to come, and solidified himself by finishing the album without a uttering a single profanity; aren’t you tired of hearing people string a sentence of F-words together because they couldn’t come up with anything better? I am.
So if your ready for an album that speaks to the soul, mind, and spirit then check out his album, but be ready to sit and ponder the words and meanings behind them, as they are not tailored to a generation of dumbed down consumers who just want to “walk it out” and “be real fly”. When he speaks, he wants to be heard, so listen intently; that’s his word.

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review of Erfan debut album "Az Khaneh Ta Goor" from bia2.com
Iranian-born and US-based, the 23 years old
Erfan began to study his mother-tongue and culture at
an early age. In his musical debut titled “Az Khaane
taa Goor” Erfan attempts to explore the encounter and
entwining of his Iranian heritage with the American
life by dressing his poetry in a HIP HOP fashion.
Written and composed by mainly Erfan himself “Az
Khaane taa Goor” features also material by Amir
(A-plus), Afra, Khashayar and Sahand. The album
contains 11 tracks even though on the cover only 10
tracks are credited for! Released on the newly
branched out Mystery 4’s record company.

The album opens with the RAPID FIRE RAPPING “Intro”
building suspension!

“Khatte Man” is a CATCHY song with a touch of FOLK and
West Coast’s Electro-FUNK flow. Serving Erfan as his
“My Way”!

Now to the song that introduced Erfan to the
MAINSTREAM audience through its controversial music
video! “Sad Ghassam” is a nationalist-patriotic
manifest of a young Iranian-American and
representative of the generation growing up outside
Iran!

Erfan’s route to his passion and subject of affection,
his music, was a bumpy road as presented in the log
called “Jaade”! Another CATCHY “my way” song with an
excellent chorus. I’m not sure whether its Erfan
himself who does the chorus but since its not declared
otherwise in its credits I assume so and wish to hear
him singing more in his songs.

To reflect over the power of the “matter” or trendily
put “chi-ching” and “bling bling” in today’s world of
social rifts and injustices comes “Maaye”!

One of the more different tracks on the album is
“Emshab”. A song on the man-woman relationship which
deviates positively from the main path of the album
and its thematic/stylistic mainstream! Again we hear
someone singing and again it’s a positive feature to
enjoy!

“Bia Bia” is a PARTY jam with the West Coast sound and
the generic Arabic influences imbedded! Most of the
songs on this album are shorter than the Iranian
industry average, this song however could have
benefited from a longer running-time due to its
nature!

Next comes a raging song called “Koor” with lyrics
directed ambivalently at either the ignorant
blinder-bearers of society or some kind of
territory-marking and “dissback” at a certain fellow
RAPPER?! Your guess is as good as mine! A CATCHY and
well-produced song otherwise.

Another different track which stands out thematically
with its “romantic” content. The song called “Jodaa”
features also a lovely guest performance by Mahshid!

“Bezaar Began”, a song with the G-FUNK vibe of the
West Coast and a declaration of independence from
public/peer pressure!

Last comes a “hidden song” not included in the track
listing, most likely due to a misprint! “Jaazebe” is
another “dissback” or better said “dissing” song, this
time more explicitly and more directed at the industry
as a whole!? If a rapper needs to show some “cocky
attitude” instead of humbleness in order to be taken
seriously as a rapper then this does it! I for one was
put off by this single song, a true ANTI-CLIMAX which
makes it difficult for me now to take the rest of the
album seriously! For being of such an extremely
boastful nature its ironic how this track managed to
have itself fallen off the track list!

I’m not sure whether Erfan is the artist’s actual
birth-name or if it’s a picked stage-name! If the
former then his parents must have known that their son
would turn up to be an artist or better said a poet,
since its what Erfan is and his name meaning
“(eastern) mystique” is a rather suitable and catchy
name for such an artist. Yes, Erfan’s everyday
(street) poetry is his mighty Excalibur while the rest
of the music is rather simple and kept to a minimum
creation- and production-wise! But even though the
lyrics are rich and powerful Erfan’s vocal performance
doesn’t always do them justice by delivering them with
less expression than wished for! At times his voice
lacks that boost and push that the straightforwardness
of his lyrics need in order to hit the bull’s-eye! His
voice is masculine enough and promises strength
initially but it tends to hold back on it when its
finally down to the wire!

Although Hichkas’s magnificent “Jangale Aasfaalt” was
the first independent/underground Iranian HIP HOP
album to hit the market, redefine the Persian RAP and
herald the movement inside the country, Erfan’s “Az
Khaane taa Goor” is the first commercially produced
and released album that has the power to pave way for
its likes in a MAINSTREAM market. It promises a lot
from a generation far away from Iran, but not in its
heart! A generation who, despite the distance, is
passionate and focused enough to embrace its
mother-tongue and culture. When was the last time we
heard such thought-through lyrical material and risky
fresh genre being delivered by an LA-artist on an
LA-label?!! It was so long ago that I for one don’t
remember! So “Az Khaane taa Goor” is a ventilating
breeze in an industry where things have stayed the
same for far too long! In an industry in dire need of
a musical diversity. An industry that MUST stop
underestimating the younger generations and instead
starting to believe and invest in them! And I’m happy
to see that Erfan’s “Az Khaane taa Goor” is a solid
step in the right direction!