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An Iranian Rapper Is Campaigning for a Hardline Cleric

  • The rapper's music is banned from domestic release for 'corrupting' youth
  • Social media fans question his motives

The last person you might expect an ultra-conservative Islamic cleric who oversees Iran's largest and holiest religious foundation to team up with is an underground rapper covered in tattoos.

Yet Ebrahim Raisi, the main opponent against incumbent moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani in Friday's presidential election, has been embraced by Amir Tataloo—a rap artist who boasts more than 4 million followers on Instagram.