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D.O. – Old Habits ft. D-Sisive & Aspektz (Prod. Jahronomo Inc) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – T-Dot-based rapper D.O. recently launched his latest single entitled “Old Habits” off his summer-released Home For The Summer project drop. For this track, D.O. teams up with D-Sisive and Aspektz over top of a beat produced by Jahronomo Inc. And it rolls deep.

This joint is all about breaking free from the past. But it’s much more than that. This joint is a crash course in Rapper Hustle 101. D.O., D-Sisive, and Aspektz let us in on a secret: in order to keep moving forward is the rap game, you have to be able to do more than just break free from your past; you have to be able to learn from your old habits: “I don’t want to live my life today/ Addicted to my yesterday.” Check it out below.

D.O. - Old Habits ft. D-Sisive & Aspektz (Prod. Jahronomo Inc) [Audio] -

D-Sisive brings us into the first verse. He paints a vivid picture of making $200 to perform for a small unenthusiastic crowd in a small town in some dingy dive bar. No merch sold. No star-struck fans. But the performance goes on like Hendrix at Woodstock, regardless.

Then D.O. takes over on the second verse: “If your hustle aint working/ Then you gotta switch it up.” And seemingly D.O. is looking to switch up his own M.O. He claims that he isn’t “D.O., no more” and requests -instead- to be bestowed with the title of “Coach Gibson.”

Aspektz takes us home on the final verse. Seriously. He takes us home and through his old hood. He reminisces on his past, and the flex-fueled rap ambitions of his younger self. Now that he’s made it to that next level, he wants to serve as inspiration for the next generation of flex-fueled rap hopefuls; the ones doing exactly what he was doing at their age.

So there you have it – three totally different accounts of learning from the past from three Canadian hip-hop heavyweights; all combined with that Jahronomo Inc beat to make for one seriously nostalgic jam. Spoiler alert, though: it seems like self-reflection is kind of a rap-game necessity.

Twitter: @iamDO | @Aspektz | @DerekChristoff

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