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ContraVerse Collective appeared on the Calgary Hip Hop scene in 2011, composed of 3 emcees (Rubix, Twizzie and Rebecca Dawn) and 2 DJs (Jayzen and Scarlett). The chemistry was instant, and the crew hosted their own break-out performance at the Marquee Room featuring BassX Dance Crew and an emcee cypher for local talent. The members of the crew represent diverse genres of music including dub step, electro, conscious hip hop, battle rap, indie rock and Latin soul.
ContraVerse has come to specialize in the art of freestyle, known for their versatility, spontaneous flow and community participation. Over the past year they have performed at festivals including the Four+ Urban Arts Expo, Calgary Electronic Music Festival, Global Fest, Fluid Festival and Abundance.
In March 2013 ContraVerse joined forces with Jazzlib Collective to create the first ever Freestylimpics, a multi-skill emcee competition which attracted a healthy cross-section of the YYC Hip Hop community and won major accolades in the media, including interviews on Breakfast Television, CBC Radio One and CJSW and a feature article on Hip Hop Canada\’s website. .