TEHRAN-The Iranian Ministry for Culture and Islamic Guidance announced it would crack down on increasingly popular Farsi hip-hop. The ministry will close underground studios and "confront" rappers. Inspired by the American Farsi hip-hop scene, based in Los Angeles, local producers and MCs in Iran have started to create their own music, mimicking the accent of American Farsi speakers and dealing with social, sexual and political topics. To perform openly or sell albums in legitimate music shops, Iranian musicians need a government license. But bootlegged CDs and Internet distribution of songs have allowed a hip-hop scene to flourish beyond the reach of officialdom. Now the government wishes to "find a solution" to Internet distribution.