Windsor’s old school hip hop scene will come alive for one more night as long-time promoter Clarissa Guyton reunites local artists for an evening of deejaying, rapping and dancing.
Dubbed Hip Hop Reunites, A Night of Nostalgia, the reunion on May 29 will bring together the “original Windsor hip hop crew” according to Guyton, who spent 10 years promoting artists and co-ordinating events, beginning in 2004.
Guyton, 38, who moved to London a year ago with her three-year-old son for a job at Victoria Hospital, said back in the day she was a student at the University of Windsor who had always dreamed of being a disc jockey.
Hooking up with DJ Needle 9:14 (Dewaun Hanna) at CJAM 99.1 FM gave her the opportunity to work with local musicians.
We respect them for keeping the scene up and going
If it wasn’t for (DJ Needle 9:14) I wouldn’t have ever been really involved in the scene I don’t think,” Guyton said. “He ran basically Windsor hip hop.
“When I started working with him, I feel like I was the queen of Windsor hip hop because I did all the events, promotions and co-ordination, photography … artist management. It took over my whole life basically.”
Guyton eventually moved on to hip hop battles with Border City Battle Club.
Eight years later, she said the hip hop scene has grown, attracting new members and the music has changed.
“We respect them for keeping the scene up and going. It’s just a little different now for us,” Guyton said.
“I figured I want to do one more event and get the original Windsor hip hop crew back.”
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Slated to perform are Kayyce Closed (Pete KC Duncan) and Trilla (Matthew Beech), ft. Meekz (Meeka L. Bowyer), DK ft. Blaze Jay (Neil DK Fortin), So So Sammie (Sammie Bernier), Choc Ty (Tyrone Elliott), Ritt Theme (Richard Janusas), DJ 2AT (Terrance Travell Elliott) and others.
“For a lot of these artists, some of their music may have changed a little bit but I’ve requested that they do one track from back in the day, just for the whole nostalgic environment,” Guyton said.
“Everyone that’s (participating) has been around for quite a while,” she said, adding some have stopped performing, “but I actually managed to beg them to come and just perform one more time.”
There’s no cover charge for the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. at Villains Beastro, 256 Pelissier St.
“This event isn’t about making money for me. It truly is about just capturing what I spent the majority of time, like 10 years of my life on.
“I wanted to see everyone one more time before I hung up my crown.”
For further information, visit Guyton’s Facebook page WHH Reunites…A Night of Nostalgia.