D.O. (Defy the Odds) Gibson is a rapper, motivational speaker, music producer and anti-bullying advocate. In 2003 he set the Guinness World Record for longest freestyle rap. Although he now calls Toronto home, he grew up in Sarnia and began his musical career here.
His love of music came first, and he recalls performing his own music in high school and meeting friends at Tim Hortons to discuss their plans for opening a record label. His speaking career began a few years later when he finished his university degree. His mother encouraged him to come and speak to her class in order to motivate her students. “I was nervous going into it. What was I going to talk about for an hour? When I finished that first presentation I was surprised when I got something called an honorarium,” he explains. Since then, he’s honed his message into a discussion of anti-bullying. “I’ve been doing it for the last 15 years. I’ve put together a whole show on anti-bullying that’s entertaining with hip hop and freestyle but also delivers a solid message.” He’s spoken in front of more than a thousand classes.