Erfan Hajrasuliha, better known as Erfan (عرفان), is an Iranian rapper and producer. His views are a result of his personal experiences and that is reflected in his poems. His songs provide a mixture of commentary on daily life as well politics, poetry and social issues.
Erfan was born in Isfahan, Iran, on August 3, 1983, where he lived with his parents. He moved to Irvine, California when he was 16 years old. He explains in his interview with Iranian TV that he has moved back and forth between Iran and the United states a few times.
Erfan took poetry and writing as a hobby at a young age. While attending school, he started working with local artists. He later gained fame by producing a single called "Shosteshoo" ( to wash or cleanse) which added a poetic touch to the up and coming Iranian hip-hop scene followed by the song called "Sad Ghasam" (100 Oaths).
Work to date
He released his debut album Az Khaneh ta Goor (From the Cradle to the Grave) in 2007. 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.
Album: Az Khaneh Ta Goor (2007)
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. by American authorities post September 11 attacks and on issues related to immigration registration of Iranians Erfan's struggles and faith is apparent in many of his songs, such as "Sad Ghasam," which became a popular song early on. The song was featured on Erfan's debut album, Az Khaneh Ta Goor (From the Cradle to the Grave),which was released on M4/Avang Music and went on to get good reviews.