Born Garner Remy, GunDei (pronounced Gandhi) grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the Baby Doc era of the 1980's. Despite the clichés about Haiti, GunDei was nurtured by church going parents, one an accountant and the other a psychologist. He learned English by devouring the encyclopedias his mother brought back from her professional foreign trips.
Though education gave the Remy's a social edge, the family lived in poor areas where unrest was the order of the day. GunDei remembers when leaving elementary school in the afternoon meant dodging the spray of random gunfire between rebels and the tonton-macoutes police. When moral integrity put the Remy's in conflict with the Duvalier regime, the family fled Haiti to Florida in search of a better life.
Life in North America was a cultural shock for GunDei. Although he survived the violence and corruption back in his native land, it was in the home of the brave that he first flirted with crime. The Miami Beach High School that he was enrolled in did little to hold his attention; GunDei was soon lured by the vices on Miami's streets.
He also developed an interest for the eighties hip-hop music that permeated life in the hood. The beats and clever word play awakened the poet in him. Henceforth, apart from staking out houses for home invasions, the once innocent but now rumbustious teen would spend countless school days playing hooky and free styling with friends.
One day, a school teacher confronted the hard-headed youth, challenging him to summarize some class lectures in rap form and promised to reward him with a passing grade if he succeeded. GunDei took on the challenge and delivered a full synopsis of his health class in a verse. Thus he began to make a name for himself among the dope boys and the sports jocks of his school.
GunDei's father was absent throughout their stay in the United States because he was prevented from leaving Haiti when they fled. In 1991, he would finally be granted refugee status in Canada. It was in Montreal that the family would reunite. Yet life in Canada would also prove to be challenging for the Remy children, GunDei especially. They found themselves immigrants a second time, it was difficult to adapt to the weather and the language, GunDei sought solace in the streets as a mean of escape from the pressure that comes from not fitting in.
In the mid nineties, GunDei would have an accidental encounter with Montreal music producer Haig Vartzbedian. At the time, he was starting a new production company called Zoobone Records and GunDei joined the roster. They produced several 12'' singles, most notably "The Solution" which is now a Canadian underground hip-hop classic. GunDei has not returned to the streets since. He eventually would go independent and self produced his first album "Ghetto Gospel".
Fast forward to 2017, the now rap veteran is working on a new album entitled "oG's Perspectives" slated for release Spring 2018. The first single and video off this project is "Guttah Rap". It is everything a hip-hop purist would hope for, superb lyricism over a grimy, boom-bap beat. GunDei has come full circle and now aims to share his life experiences with a new generation of hip-hop heads that may be facing the same challenges that he has overcome. His objective is for his raps to motivate listeners to maximize their potential and flourish into wholesome human beings.