D.O. Gibson is marking the 20th anniversary of Stay Driven with a new album, Still Driven, out Oct. 1 through Believe Music Canada. The 15-track collection is a testament to Gibson’s longevity in the music industry, which has seen him embark on 25 international tours, accumulate over one million YouTube streams. He says the musical approach of Still Driven is a direct by-product of his ongoing work with emerging and established artists, which has helped to keep his sound fresh.
In 2001 D.O. Gibson was asked to speak to a class of students about how he could be a rapper and also earn a university degree. In a few short months, Gibson was fielding similar requests to speak and perform at dozens of schools, leading him to create the Stay Driven program that addresses subjects including anti-bullying, peer pressure and literacy, based on his own life experiences. Gibson has since spoken and performed at over 1,000 schools to hundreds of thousands of students..
Gibson has always loved the entrepreneurial side of hip-hop. In addition, to the album release he is marking his two-decade milestone by publishing his second book on October 1st also, On This Grind, containing additional knowledge gleaned from the music business, lessons he says can be useful for entrepreneurs and students in all fields.