Check D.O. On OMNI’s VMIX …

July 11, 2012

The interview is in the 3rd segment about 20 min in.



May 16, 2012
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

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Video - It's On
IT’S ON ft. Chad Hatcher
Video - Can't Tell Me
Video - She Likes You

Produced by Classified

150,000 Youtube views

D.O. will be available for select advance and in person interviews.

For more information and to request an interview, please contact:Strut Entertainment:

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Heavy In The Game album Tuesday May 15th

May 12, 2012

1. Bill Russell
2. Interlude
3. Heavy In The Game (feat. J-Bru)
4. Interlude
5. Can’t Tell Me (feat. Famous, Sonreal, Chris Jackson)
6. Take It In (feat. Slakah the Beatchild)
7. Interlude
8. Back To Blazin (feat. Chris Jackson)
9. For Heaven Sake (feat. Slakah the Beatchild)
10. Interlude
11. It’s On (feat. Chad Hatcher)
12. By The Way
13. Interlude
14. Take Care of Me (feat. Miss David)
15. Be Alright (feat. Preetam Sengupta)
16. What You Want
17. She Likes You
18. Ah Yeah (additional vocals by Maestro Fresh Wes)
19. Shut It Down (feat. Rochester)
20. The Legacy 2.0
21. Can’t Tell Me (Original)

Track 1, 18 produced by DJ Speed for Muddbone Studios
Track 3 produced by Rich Kidd
Track 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 21 produced by Diz Dallas for Jahronomo Inc
Track 6 produced by Marco Polo
Track 9, 15 produced by Metty The Dert Merchant
Track 11, 17 produced by Classified
Track 16 produced by Slakah the Beatchild
Track 20 produced by Malicious

Album is available for Pay What You Can download at:


Listening SESSION : “The Other Side Of Tomorrow” By The Slakadeliqs, Happening March 6, 2012 In Toronto

February 28, 2012

ClarityOne Earbuds presents a music lover’s discussion hosted by Exclaim’s David Dacks focused on the new album “The Other Side Of Tomorrow” by The Slakadeliqs and its chances of winning the 2012 Polaris Music Prize.

It all goes down Tuesday March 6th at the Drake Hotel. Click HERE for more info!

If you haven’t heard the album yet, then make sure to head over to to hear what all the buzz is about!

LA Trip – Day One

February 9, 2012

Touched down in LA yesterday for the first time.

Can’t believe I’ve never been out to Cali – well aside from when I was a baby on a family trip but that doesn’t count.

Felt great to step out of the airport and take off my hoodie and put on a pair of sunglasses.  It was a bright sunny day and the temperature was around 27 degrees.

The nice weather  helped ease the pain of waiting for my luggage which hadn’t arrived yet.   My connection in Denver was so tight that it didn’t make it on the flight to LA.  Fortunately it wasn’t going to be a long delay so I waited around the airport for another hour and a half.  Otherwise I might have had to do it up Big L style and go “Shopping when the plane land”

Once the luggage arrived, I picked up the car from Avis and headed to the hotel.  I’d heard from friends that the Roosevelt was a nice place to stay and I was pleasantly surprised to see it was even better than I imagined.  They comped me up to a pool side view and I took in the sights for a moment, but couldn’t chill too long – had to head out to the party.

I was off to an event put on by the Canadian Consulate and CIMA at the legendary House of Blues.

I walked in behind Dead Mau5 and was surprised to see the place packed since it was just getting started.

My man Rich Aucoin hit the stage and tore it up as always.  We had performed alongside him at a CMJ event in NYC a couple years back and I was impressed by how interactive his show is.  How many artists do you know bring out a parachute for their show??

The headliner was Melanie Fiona and she didn’t disappoint.  I’d never seen her live but I will be checking for her next show in Toronto after seeing how she tore it down.

I thought the highlight of the night was getting a chance to kick it with comedian Martin Short for a minute, but as I came back to the hotel in the early hours of the morning I saw Kid Cudi chillin out and he asked me where the party was at.

But at 2 am I was exhausted since it was 5 am Toronto time and I’d be traveling all day long while still trying to adjust from getting back from Europe just a few days before.

I managed to get a few hours of rest and headed out to pick up young Beatchild from the airport…

Bout to go down once again…

In the words of my man P Duece – rumour has it we going harder tonight!

Download Art of Fresh album for FREE

January 10, 2012

When Night Cover

FREE FREE FREE! Now that I’ve got your attention, heres a little something something I KNOW you’ll enjoy! I have a duo I’ve been in for sometime now with long time friend/artist D.O. called The Art of Fresh. It’s a project that was unexpectedly birthed when we started collaborating on tracks back in 2000 (Long before Black Eyed Peas and all the uptempo hiphop/R&B you hear today btw) and just having fun. We were never thinking about “The Industry” or music trends when making this fun uptempo style of music. Our first single was a song called “Get Free”, followed by our second single “Out This World” from our first album “Back to the Earth“. We just recently finished our second album which is called “When the NIght Comes In” and we are happy to inform you that is available for free download! The cool thing about the creation of this album is each song was made in a different part of the world seeing I would bring my equipment with us when we were touring. I can clearly remember making the beat for “Where I Go” as we were driving through Radium Springs in Western Canada in the beautiful Rockies. I remember making the beat for “Alive” in a hotel room in London, England. And probably the most memorable of em all is recording vocals to “Baila” in a crazy beautiful hotel in Kyoto, Japan. (They had a nicely folded, crisply ironed set of PJ’s on your bed awaiting you as you entered, LOL! classy). So I hope you enjoy this album, please share it with anyone you think may like it too. Follow the group on twitter @artoffresh and Facebook

Click here to download


Scotia Trip

December 19, 2011

I recently got back from spending a week out in Nova Scotia. Now I can’t wait to get back.

I got a chance to make music, rock shows, see friends, and best of all – see family.

There aren’t too many places you can go and do all of that!

The first stop was to see my man Classified. Next thing you know Mic Boyd rolls through.
After working with Class for so long, it wasn’t so much about making sure we recorded something as much as it was about catching up and listening to new beats. We talked about the first time we met up, almost 10 years ago now. Not too many cats still in the game that was doing it ten years ago!

Now Class is going out to do arena shows across the Country. It’s good to see people succeed that deserve to succeed.

As he went through some of his beats, I started typing a list on my blackberry – but then I stopped. Every beat was banging! It got to a point where I liked everything he played – and I’m picky when it comes to beats so this was a good thing.

The next day I was back at the studio but just as an observer. Kayo was in the lab and they were writing a new track for Kayo’s debut. I just wanted to come through and introduce myself. I knew Kayo was from St. Lucia so we connnected talking about the Caribbean.

From there I was back in Halifax, I thought about writing some business emails but decided to pop in the beats CD. Then I got out the rhyme book and proceeded to write a few songs. It felt like deja vu. The last time I was in Scotia – to shoot the Now I Understand video – I had met up with Class and then wrote a few songs in the hotel room right after. The first song was “She Likes You” which became one of my biggest releases, and the next was “It’s On” which I’m about to release in 2012.

After writing my third song, the phone rang – it was the fam.

I met up with my cousins and we went out to the Seahorse to see a dope funk band play – The Mellotones

On Friday I headed up to New Glasgow to see more family. The highlight being kicking it with my 97 year old Uncle Sonny.

The thing that amazed me was that he kept on saying “October 6th… October 6th…” He was saying my sons birthday. But how does he remember that? For the next couple of hours I was silent as I listened to story after story – many of them I’ve heard before – but it didn’t matter. When you are around older family members you treasure the time because you say “maybe this will be the last time.” The thing is I remember feeling that way almost 20 years ago. After all he was 80 at the time.

The next day I was up early for the drive to Cape Breton. It’s one of those drives that I look forward to – especially when there isn’t snow! It’s not like driving on the 401 where you have to compete with the traffic. It’s a familiar road and beautiful scenery along the way.

I showed up at my grandmothers house around 3. It looked the same as it always has. As a kid, I moved around alot but the one constant was my family. I’d been to this house for 30 years now. Looked a lot bigger when I was a kid though!

Before I went out for the night, I stopped at the neighbour for a beer – or two. They do a lot for my grandma so it was important to stop by and give my thanks. Its a tight knit community where people look out for each other.

Then it was time to head out. I had a show to prepare for.

My man A.G. rolled through to pick me up. He’s a young MC that I met by chance in a hotel elevator in Halifax. Since then we’ve kept in touch and he’s always encouraged me to come out to do a show. We even did a track together recently.

We did up the soundcheck and then I stopped in at a hotel party to connect with my cousins. That’s when I knew we were in for a big night. We spent some time catching up and then A.G. came back to give me a ride to the venue.

It’s always good to walk into a crowd. You know its not going to be “one of those nights” – when the venue is half empty and you have to create the vibe. I could feel the vibe walking in.

When it was time to perform, I already had a packed dance floor. Even though I had family out here, you never know what the response is going to be like. If you are going to have to call people to the floor or if they came to get down. I’m glad this was the latter.

And the spot was live! I did a few Art of Fresh tracks at the end as an encore, but then they wanted to keep going!

We ended up at another bar for an after party before calling it a night.

On my final day I took it easy in the afternoon… ran a few errands for my grandma, stopped by some family, and shot scenes for a video with A.G. I had planned to connect with my cousins in the evening, but after a week of non stop action, it was good chilling on the couch kicking it with my grandma.

As I got on the plane for the flight back, I was a little tired, but refreshed. It was a great week and even more, I felt like the mission was accomplished.

Now time to plan the next trip… I’m serious… I’m checking flights right now!