Why 70 Elevators?


After a long break, I’m continuing the journey to profile 70 rappers who are elevating the art of rap by being particularly raw, bold, honest, compelling, boundary-pushing or necessarily dissident. These men and women, from all over the world, have impacted many lives. Over the coming months maybe one or two of them will impact you.

Slowly mainstream media are giving a little more time to some innovative, diverse, heart-felt, political and spiritual voices in hip-hop. But I’m still sick and tired enough of mainstream rap clowns that I could throw up all over their jewel-encrusted high-tops and into their trendy drinks. I’m not the only one who feels this way. I hope this email shakes some people up.

The fact is that there are rappers who are writing, recording or performing brilliant material right now as you read this. So I’m increasingly compelled to share some of the genuine rap gems I’ve discovered over the last few years. If you’re just getting into rap or are eager to hear some refreshing hip-hop this blog is for you. The beauty, power, wit and vitality of rap music is still alive.

Oh, and if you’ve got suggestions for other rap elevators, email me: 70elevators (at) gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Let’s be clear: this is not a source of good vibes, squeaky-clean lyrics and mild manners. These songs have teeth and fire and soul.

Meet some of the best rappers alive.


5 replies on “Why 70 Elevators?”

Thanks Nathan,

I think there will be a few surprise elevators over the coming weeks/months, but if you know your hip-hop this blog might be preaching to the choir.

The blog is primarily for the people I know can’t name one female rapper or have never come across rap from countries other than their own.

It a really cool blog, i’m definitely looking forward to hearing some more diverse rapping, it gives you a different take on some of the mainstream hip-hop and rap artist, this stuff is real.

I’ve heard a few really cool rappers and grime artist similar to these check them out and let me know what you think, my first is LOWKEY, he talks about politics mainly really cool guy listen to LOWKEY – DEAR ENGLAND or VOICES OF THE VOICELESS, another one i thought of is ELRO, really cool dude talks about random stuff but what interests me most is his flow and wording. Let me know what you think man !

– The guy from the train that got the same A level results as you – (i thought that would remind you just incase you were stuck) (Y)

What’s Up, Edi. Thanks for checking the blog. Yeah, I’ve listened to a fair amount of Lowkey, both his rapping and public speaking…and good suggestion for 70elevators. And Elro? I just checked a few of his vids; he’s an amusing chap with a teenage crassness [like rap battles this isn’t something I spend a lot of time listening to nowadays] , but you’re right about his flow – dead sharp – thanks again, man

How about IllSpoken? Saw him live in the H&Hs KH. Was really good. Managed to rock a crowd of 8 people. That takes some doing.

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