Happy New Year!
Check out the new video “Time Will Tell” produced by Classified and directed by illVibe.
What’s up yall!
It’s been a busy November as I have been on the road doing a lot of shows… and since I had a chance to connect with so many new and old fans I thought it would be a perfect time to release a couple of new videos.
DOWN HOME is from my album of the same name… we shot it this summer in Nova Scotia
I STAND UP is a video we shot this month at Oakdale Park school in Toronto…
Posted this a few years ago but had to repost it today…
Remembrance Day hits home when you have a family member that has made the sacrifice of fighting for his/her country. For me, it was my grandfather. Even though he passed several years ago, I often think about him – especially every November 11th.A few years ago I wrote a song about him… The song is called the “The Tin Man” and is produced by good friend and musical collaborator DJ Speed. The first thing I noticed when playing the instrumental was the sample “What would I do… if I could feel?” It’s from the Tinman in The Wizard of Oz. For me, it made me think, what would I do if I was in his position and left home to fight for my country.My grandfathers story alone is memorable. He was shot twice in one battle and left for dead in a pile of bodies. Another soldier found him and saved his life.Remembrance Day isn’t only about looking to the past… Last month, my cousin went to Afghanistan so he’s in my prayers for a safe return home.Here is a link to the song and video:
A couple of years ago CBC aired a piece on the song…
Last Word: The Tin Man
Earlier this week we talked about how hip-hop has crossed the racial divide. Well, today, on Remembrance Day, we’re going to show you how it might also cross a generational oneToronto rap artist Duane Gibson , or “D.O.”—his emcee name—-wrote a song honouring his grandfather, Larry Gibson. He was a black Nova Scotian who fought in the second World War with the Cape Breton Highlanders. Larry Gibson was shot twice in one battle and left for dead in a pile of bodies. Another soldier found him and saved his life. So to commemorate his grandfather’s contribution to the war, D.O. wrote a song called, “The Tin Man” and we played this song to end our show this week.
One of my favorite things about my show this year is that I perform I STAND UP at the end. One of the schools that I went to had been practicing up, so it was cool when I started performing and the audience knew all of the words!
It was live…
Did this video several years ago but still remains a favorite!
I had the pleasure of connecting with the legendary Fred Penner on this video. It’s a remix of my original “I Stand Up” song which features a strong anti-bullying message.
I Stand Up remix feat Fred Penner
Directed by Slakah the Beatchild
Special thank you to Mad Hus Cafe for location.
I STAND UP TOUR
Date City Venue
09-18-14 Milton, ON Tiger Jeet Singh PS
09-20-14 Scarborough, ON Kingston Road Village*
09-21-14 Toronto, ON Manifesto Festival – The Business of Art Panel
09-22-14 Brampton,ON Turner Fenton HS
09-23-14 Brampton, ON Turner Fenton HS
09-26-14 Toronto, ON Central Commerce HS
09-26-14 Toronto, ON Gulfstream PS
09-29-14 Stouffville, ON Oscar Peterson PS
09-30-14 Toronto, ON Ecole Brimwood Blvd. Jr. PS
09-30-14 Scarborough, ON Tecumseh PS
10-01-14 Toronto, ON Yorkdale HS
10-02-14 Toronto, ON Northview HS
10-07-14 North York, ON Gosford Jr PS
10-09-14 Atlanta, GA International Opportunities Panel
10-10-14 Atlanta, GA Global Hip-Hop Showcase*
10-14-14 Oakville, ON White Oaks PS
10-21-14 Maple, ON Peace Tree Spirit Conference
10-24-14 Unionville, ON Unionville Meadows PS
10-28-14 Toronto, ON St. Martha Catholic
* with Art of Fresh
Excited to release a new mixtape!
Here is the release we sent out about it… check it out below.
“Home For The Summer” is the latest release from Guinness World Record setting rapper D.O. The 13 track mixtape includes new songs and remixes, as well as new tracks from D.O.’s groups Art of Fresh and The Busy Brothers. Behind the boards is DJ IV, multiple Stylus Award winner and Classified’s official DJ. Features include Famous, JD Era, D-Sisive, Diz Dallas, Preetam Sengupta, and Robbie G with production coming from Statik Music, Jahronomo INC, Slakah the Beatchild, Tone Mason, and Natural Diggers.
It’s been a game changing year for D.O. In January he performed at MIDEM in France and rocked Sweden’s Independent Music Awards in Stockholm. The track “Amerika” from his duo Art of Fresh hit #1 on the US College Charts in February. In April he released “Down Home” a ten song collaborative album with Classified. In May, he toured Taiwan and performed in Singapore with Art of Fresh.
“I’ve been in ten countries so far this year. Since I was on the road so much, I wanted to come back home for the summer. Coming home is when you get a chance to connect with family and friends, its also a chance to get back in the booth. Whenever I step back in the studio its a chance for me to take my experiences from the road and put them on record” says D.O.
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I’m excited to release this track “Missy Elliott” produced by my homies Statikmusic from Amsterdam.
This is one of those tracks that as soon as I heard the beat I knew I had to put something down to it!