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Duane Gibson aka D.O. is a Guinness World Record setting rapper and University graduate that has been inspiring hundreds of thousands of youth since 2001. D.O. stands for "Defy the Odds." As a child growing up in small towns across Canada, no one expected a young Duane Gibson to become a rap star. He has sold tens of thousands of CDs and hit #1 on the U.S. College Hip-Hop Radio charts. Gibson has performed tours in Canada, Asia, Europe and the U.S. In 2003, he set a Guinness World Record for longest freestyle rap by rapping for 8 hours and 45 minutes. An English major, he graduated from York University with an Honors Degree and earned a spot on the Dean's List after writing an A plus thesis entitled "Rap as a Continuum of African-American Linguistic Practices." After graduating, Gibson became a part time teacher/tutor, teaching after school English classes in Scarborough, Ontario. On the weekends he taught learn to read classes to junior kindergarten students. Through the Stay Driven program, D.O. has reached over 500,000 youth in schools throughout Canada and the US addressing issues such as bullying, literacy and goal setting.

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