|Toronto, ON – This coming Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, Canadian rapper and Guinness World Record holder (Longest Freestyle Rap), D.O. (Defy the Odds), is set to release his new independent album, Heavy in the Game. The inspiration for Heavy in the Game comes from D.O.’s extensive domestic and international touring, his experience with launching independent label Northstarr Entertainment, and his success as one half of hip hop duo Art of Fresh.
“’Heavy in the Game’ is a line that comes from my favourite 2Pac song,” says D.O. “It’s about being immersed in your craft that even though you may want to leave, you can’t – you’ve worked too hard to get where you are and there’s no looking back. As a Canadian musician, especially a rapper, I’m grateful that I’ve been able to be doing this professionally for 10 years. This album represents my best work. I’m proud that a lot of people will be able to relate to this album. Heavy in the Game is about trying to do the right thing even when you are faced with the temptation to slip.”
Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan, D.O. moved to Ontario with his family at the age of two. Growing up, he spent summers visiting his father’s family in Cape Breton and his mother’s in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. D.O. graduated from Toronto’s York University in 2001. In 2003, he was featured in XXL Magazine for his Guinness World Record and he hit the road for the first of many tours, selling mix tapes from his trunk in the north-eastern U.S. Around the same time, D.O. created his school tour program, Stay Driven, developed to educate students on anti-bullying, anti-violence, peer pressure and leadership. In 2007, he released his debut album, The Northstarr, which earned a nomination for Best Hip Hop Artist at the Ontario Independent Music Awards. By late 2008, Art of Fresh released their debut album, Back to the Earth,with the breakout single “Out This World” soaring to #1 on the U.S. College Hip Hop Radio charts. Between Back to the Earth and Art of Fresh’s sophomore release (2010’s When the Night Comes In), D.O. released his sophomore solo album in 2009, Stay Driven. The album featured several prominent producers, including Classified, Diz Dallas, Slakah the Beatchild, DJ Speed, Marco Polo and Metty the Dert Merchant (Sweatshop Union).
With numerous videos in rotation on MuchMusic, thousands of YouTube views and MySpace plays, D.O. is an artist and entrepreneur with a creative vision and a hunger for success that is matched only by his ability to deliver relevant music with a message.
Download “Heavy In The Game” here