D.O.U.G.H. had released his latest project, Half a Dozen, that includes six tracks that features Kenny Quotes and Trees. The Kentucky native has talked about what is the significance of why he named the project that name and that it holds a special message with his family especially his father. A year into the pandemic, D.O.U.G.H. states that nothing has changed but will always make timeless music. I have caught up with the hip-hop artist and talked about the message behind the project, what new music we will get this year and more.

SWJ: D.O.U.G.H. describe your EP to your fans. What was the message behind the project?
‘Half a Dozen’ was inspired by my dad who worked his way through college at a local bakery. Many times, I would be there with him while he worked. The message I was looking to convey was there’s a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that go into presenting a product and all of the attributes. I learned from my dad while watching him work.


SWJ: With your project name, Half A Dozen, it reminds me of donuts and I see that while growing up, your dad worked at a bakery. Was that your inspiration for the title?
Not really, I’m really a home body so I’m used to it.

SWJ: Are you used to being at home recording?
This has been the first time in years that I have had a recording setup at home. Since having kids, I had put all of my equipment in storage and most of it was outdated. I had to purchase new items and figure things out for myself.

SWJ: What is your favorite single off of the track that correlates with what’s going on in the world? Why?
My favorite song would have to be “Out Tha Way.” It definitely touches on social justice and staying out of the way of some of the chaos.

SWJ: What does the acronym D.O.U.G.H. mean?
Driven Only Under God’s Hands.

SWJ: With originally living in Kentucky and moved to Nashville, you can see the city is growing and is really known as Music City. Did the project inspire you by being from the city?
By being from Paducah, Kentucky and moving to Nashville and stayed here for about 16 years now. I’ve been here long enough to see the scene grow from Pistol to Young Buck and even Starlito to the emerging acts out that are out now. I’m inspired, by all of my peers, who I have came up with doing shows and collaborating with.

SWJ: Who inspired you to pick up a pen and paper and realize hip-hop is for us?
40 years I had many inspirations growing up, but two of my main influences were Eightball and Scarface. I loved Scarface’s presence on a record. His voice inflections always grab your attention