Check out the new lyric video for my track “Follow Me” feat Rezza Brothers!
Was just thinking about how ten years ago in August 2006 I recorded some of my favorite songs…
It kicked off that first weekend. It was the start of a long weekend and I came back to the studio after getting my eat on at Scarborough’s Ribfest. I started working on a track called “Defy the Odds”. The final version features my man Mac Graham singing the chorus, but in the studio I was doing a rough job and sung the hook myself – glad that one didn’t make it out haha. We ended up being awarded a MuchFact grant for the track which meant we were able to make a professional broadcast quality video. Teamed up with my man Kunle and was great to see it play on Rapcity and Much!
I worked on another song the next day after coming back from Caribana. I had a new Slakah beat and loved it as soon as I heard it. Reminded me a little of Kanye’s “Heardem Say”. I called it “Young Brother”. I started singing the hook to this one too, but thankfully Jason Simmons came and changed things around. He did a great job. A few months later and the song was in heavy rotation on Flow. It even ended up one of the top songs on the radio that year.
The final standout track from the month happened by accident. I was falling asleep on the couch in the lounge in the studio. Slakah came out and said how he had a new beat. I woke up, checked it out, and was digging it. I started scribbling some rhymes and recorded them. Didn’t think much of it. But the next day we were like “This is dope!” We called it “Get Free”. It was one of the first releases we did as Art of Fresh and has been a favorite to this day!
Really excited to be part of this release!
My man Diz Dallas put this one together with myself and JJ Brent.
Little Rock and Roll and Hip-Hop for ya!
Had a blast on NBA All Star Weekend…
Got a chance to perform with Snoop by my side!
D.O. Gibson – Follow Me featuring and produced by The Rezza Brothers
Directed by Illvibe
In my latest video I wanted to take it back…
Back to the days before I quit my job and became a full time MC.
See before I was a rapper, I spent my time in the classroom. I wasn’t a full fledged teacher – the official position was “teacher/tutor”. I taught classes after school. The kids called me “Mr. Gibson”. On the weekends I taught learn to read classes for kindergarten students.
Nowadays I spend a lot of time in schools with my Stay Driven school program. I’ve had the chance to do over one thousand shows at schools across Canada telling my story of defying the odds to achieve my dreams and I speak about anti-bullying.
This video was a chance for me to put it all together.
In “Follow Me” I play a substitute teacher that has to watch over an unruly class.
The track is one of my favourites from my album “Duane Gibson” that I released in May. It’s features the Rezza Brothers who also produce the track. Rezza Brothers and I also go way back… I’ve known these guys since when I was in University, but surprisingly this is our first track together. One thing I’ve learned about the music biz is that its all about timing, and as soon as they played me the beat – it was over. I knew I had to do something with this one.
Adrian Rezza – the singer on the track – appears in the video as a teacher. It’s not a stretch for him either. He’s been an elementary school teacher for close to fifteen years. In the meantime, he and his brother Lucas – the producer of the track – have gone on to release a catalogue of music, sign a publishing deal with Universal, and work with the likes of Divine Brown, Bonecrusher, and Music Soulchild.
For me the track is semi-autobiographical. I rap about how I found it tough fitting in when I was growing up. I would try new things but it just didn’t seem to work. I loved playing sports, but I was never a top athlete. I liked music, but wasn’t a singer. It took me a while to find my passion, but when I did – it was on! From that first day of writing and performing my raps I was hooked. It also became my outlet for blowing off steam and as I got better at it, my confidence rose.
The message in the song is that it’s not about blending it and being a follower, its about standing out and being a leader.
As the my man Adrian says… “Used to look up to the stars… now they following us!”
Shoutout to Illvibe for directing. I’ve lost track at how many videos we’ve done together. I think this is the fifth or sixth. I love that he gets better each time.
A special thank you to the staff and students at St. Isaac Jogues and the Toronto Catholic School Board. As you can see from the video, these kids were naturals. They were great. The video wouldn’t be possible without them.
I can’t wait for some of my old students to see it and say “Mr Gibson you haven’t changed at all…” haha!
November 16th is the beginning of Anti-Bullying week.
These are a few of the songs that I’ve done about anti-bullying…
What can I say. Funnest video I’ve ever done.