According to the state IRNA news agency, Iran is cracking down on the production of "obscene" Rap Music.
The AFP reports that the official for evaluation of music at the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, Mohammad Dashtgoli is spearheading the campaign.
"There is nothing wrong with this type of music in itself..." says Dashtgoli. "But due to the use of obscene words by its singers this music has been categorised as illegal. In coordination with the police, illegal studios producing this type of music will be sealed and the singers in this genre will be confronted."
Dashtgoli says a large number of rappers have already been identified and the country sees the music as a "cultural invasion" by "decadent" western music which they believe diminishes Islamic values.
Rap music has become increasingly popular in Iran even though Rap and Hip-Hop culture are very underground in the region due to its perceived "obscene" and degrading nature.