D. O. (rapper)

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D.O (Defy the Odds)
Birth name Duane Gibson
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, author
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Art of Fresh, Slakah the Beatchild, Classified, Marco Polo, Metty the Dert Merchant (Sweatshop Union)
Website iamdo.ca

D.O (a.k.a. Defy the Odds; real name Duane Gibson) is a Canadian rapper, motivational speaker and author.[1][2] He is known for setting the Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap in 2003.


D.O. studied at Toronto's York University and graduated with an honours English degree in 2001.[3][4]

On July 5, 2003, D.O. set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap at the Dark Nights Nationals car show, an outdoor car festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His rap lasted for 8 hours and 45 minutes and was performed in front of hundreds of spectators.[3][5] He was the first rapper to have a video-documented evidence to support the claims to have done the world’s longest freestyle rap[5]

In 2001, he created a school tour program, Stay Driven, to educate students on anti-bullying, anti-violence, peer pressure, leadership and working at peak performance.[4][6] He has subsequently visited hundreds of schools to speak on those topics and in 2012 published a book Stay Driven: Can't Nobody Hold You Down on the same topics.[2][7][8]

In 2007, D.O. released his debut album “The Norhtstarr” the album garnered a nomination from the Ontario Independent Music Awards.[4] In 2009, D.O’s sophomore album “Stay Driven” hit number 7 on the Canadian College Charts.[9] In 2012, he released his third solo album “Heavy In The Game” which included the single “Can’t Tell Me” featuring SonReal, Famous and Chris Jackson. The track peaked at Number 3 on the US College Hip Hop Charts in July 2012.[1]

D.O. records as a solo artist and is also one-half of the duo Art of Fresh with beatmaker and vocalist Byram Joseph, aka Slakah the Beatchild.[1][5] In 2009 their debut album “Back to the Earth” reached #2 on the National College Radio Charts.[10] In 2010, the groups song “Out This World” hit number 1 on the US College Hip-Hop Radio Charts.[11] Other musicians that he has collaborated with include DL Incognito, Red 1 of the Rascalz, Classified, Marco Polo, Metty the Dert Merchant (Sweatshop Union), JRDN, Maestro Fresh Wes and others.[3][4] He videos rotate on MuchMusic, he has toured Canada multiple times and performed globally with stops in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York City, Miami and Las Vegas.

D.O. lives in Toronto, Ontario.[1]


Solo artist[edit]

  • The Northstarr (2007)
  • Stay Driven (2009)
  • Heavy In The Game (2012)
  • Duane Gibson (2015)

With Art of Fresh[edit]

  • Back to Earth (2008)
  • When the night comes in (2010)


  1. ^ a b c d Record Breakers Chart Rapnetwork Record Breakers, 27 July 2012
  2. ^ a b Jenny Yuen Bullying victim turned rapper takes message to students Toronto Sun, 28 December 2012
  3. ^ a b c Shawn Katuwapitiya Rapper D.O. takes hip-hop back to the books The Gazette, 23 October 2007
  4. ^ a b c d VIDEOS: Canadian hip hop artist D.O. Releases Free Online Album (Heavy in the Game) Scoop, Langfield Entertainment May 17, 2012
  5. ^ a b c Addi Stewart D.O. Guinness World Record for longest freestyle North Side Hip Hop
  6. ^ Canadian rap artist D.O. delivers a positive message with his Stay Driven tour Peace: Canada’s Street Style Magazine, 2 April 2010
  7. ^ Matt Galloway Anti Bully Rapper CBC Toronto, 16 November 2012
  8. ^ Tyler Kula Sarnia rapper releases new book Sarnia Observer, 20 December 2012
  9. ^ The National Hip Hop Chart Earshot, 29 September 2009
  10. ^ The National Hip Hop Chart Earshot, 6 January 2009
  11. ^ Issue #410 Top 40 Rapattack, 1 February 2010

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