Azad Right Puts Middle Eastern Hip-Hop Artists On The Map With 'For The Hopeful'

November 10, 2014 11:31 PM

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"That was personal, that was just his opinion," Azad told The Huffington Post of the comment, which was also picked up by Champs Sports. "[They] also used a really R&B-looking picture of me, so you're looking at it and you're like, 'How is this guy like Nas at all?' I get it. But I'm intelligent enough to think for myself and so maybe I will end up liking it or maybe I won't. But I can make my own decision on it."

Azad's family was exiled from Iran for being politically active -- "My dad’s first wife was executed, and my uncle was also executed," he said -- and proceeded to move around quite a bit: Turkey, Germany and France, before coming to America and Los Angeles. He grew up playing piano and violin, but h...

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