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!