“You get treated like you’re invisible here,” says MC Specs, the so-called “Holy Ghost of NW Hip-Hop,” and co-founder of the legendary Elevators. “It’s a theme in a lot of my songs. It’s been a thing in Seattle for a long time.”
In the summer of 1993, Northwest rock groups Nirvana and Pearl Jam reigned over the country’s Billboard charts. International mania for Grunge brought massive media attention to the Northwest. Tucked away under the sea of flannel and distorted guitars, in Seattle’s often overlooked hip-hop scene, a hidden gem emerged—the Elevators.
“We’re not just all Alice in Chains and Soundgarden here. They’re fat and all, but wake
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