D.O. Gibson has defied the odds as a rapper from Canada, becoming a certified international artist, a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador.  He set a Guinness World Record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, sold tens of thousands of CDs, hit #1 on U.S. College Hip Hop Radio charts and travelled the world performing for sold out crowds; D.O.’s success is defined in his own terms. 

Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan with Cape Breton Nova Scotia roots, D.O. grew up in Southern Ontario before settling in Toronto.

In 2019, D.O. released his eighth studio album Second Home.  The project is a collaboration with Netherland based produced Tantu.  “As soon as I heard his beats, I knew that was the sound I wanted,” says D.O.  Second Home is full up tempo, musically infused sounds that takes a new school spin on classic boom-bap.  

The project’s name is a result of D.O.’s consistent travels to Netherlands.  “I found that I clicked out there.  Not just in Amsterdam, but from going to Rotterdam and attending New Skool Rules and then heading to Eurosonic in Groningen – it’s really become a second home.”  D.O. has also worked to bring dozens of Canadian artists to Netherlands and put on events including an annual boat cruise that connects Canadian artists and managers with the Dutch scene.  “I’ve been doing this for a long time, I want to help pave the way for the next generation” says D.O. 

Second Home features the singles “Cmon Cuz”, “Quit That Job”, and “Made It From the 6ix”.  

“I really wanted to put the focus on returning to my roots of lyricism and Tantu’s beats provided the perfect landscape.”  

In between recording, Gibson founded the Stay Driven program that launched in 2001.  Stay Driven is based on D.O.’s own life experiences where he addresses relevant topics such as anti-bullying, peer pressure, and literacy. Gibson has spoke and performed at over one thousand schools reaching hundreds of thousands of students.  In 2012, he released the book Stay Driven.   

In addition to his career as an artist, he is also the driving force behind Northern Power Summit – regarded in the Urban community as one of the premier emerging conferences in Canada. 

Somewhere between Tupac (in terms of social consciousness), Fresh Prince (in terms of appeal with youth) and Jay-Z (in terms of business sense), stands D.O., a man who is bounded only by the hours in a day.

D.O. Gibson has defied the odds as a rapper from Canada, becoming a certified international artist, a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador.  He set a Guinness World Record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, sold tens of thousands of CDs, hit #1 on U.S. College Hip Hop Radio charts and travelled the world performing for sold out crowds; D.O.’s success is defined in his own terms. 

Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan with Cape Breton Nova Scotia roots, D.O. grew up in Southern Ontario before settling in Toronto.

In 2019, D.O. released his eighth studio album Second Home.  The project is a collaboration with Netherland based produced Tantu.  “As soon as I heard his beats, I knew that was the sound I wanted,” says D.O.  Second Home is full up tempo, musically infused sounds that takes a new school spin on classic boom-bap.  

The project’s name is a result of D.O.’s consistent travels to Netherlands.  “I found that I clicked out there.  Not just in Amsterdam, but from going to Rotterdam and attending New Skool Rules and then heading to Eurosonic in Groningen – it’s really become a second home.”  D.O. has also worked to bring dozens of Canadian artists to Netherlands and put on events including an annual boat cruise that connects Canadian artists and managers with the Dutch scene.  “I’ve been doing this for a long time, I want to help pave the way for the next generation” says D.O. 

Second Home features the singles “Cmon Cuz”, “Quit That Job”, and “Made It From the 6ix”.  

“I really wanted to put the focus on returning to my roots of lyricism and Tantu’s beats provided the perfect landscape.”  

In between recording, Gibson founded the Stay Driven program that launched in 2001.  Stay Driven is based on D.O.’s own life experiences where he addresses relevant topics such as anti-bullying, peer pressure, and literacy. Gibson has spoke and performed at over one thousand schools reaching hundreds of thousands of students.  In 2012, he released the book Stay Driven.   

In addition to his career as an artist, he is also the driving force behind Northern Power Summit – regarded in the Urban community as one of the premier emerging conferences in Canada. 

Somewhere between Tupac (in terms of social consciousness), Fresh Prince (in terms of appeal with youth) and Jay-Z (in terms of business sense), stands D.O., a man who is bounded only by the hours in a day.