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With D’Vonna Taylor playing the bright spot, D.O.U.G.H. goes dark gospel on “Dirt On My Hands.”

As the release date for his V!$!ON$ project creeps closer, it’s becoming apparent that Dough is digging into way deeper subject matter. If “My Sanctuary” was a look into the Tennessee by way of Kentucky rapper’s seeking out a safe haven from his demons, then “Dirt on My Hands,” his newest single, elaborates on those demons more specifically.

“The second verse is about my little brother, who’s currently incarcerated,” D.O.U.G.H. shared with Day & A Dream. The song is, in fact, dedicated to this same brother, since his birthday was this month on the 10th.

Producer Zen (who also produced “My Sanctuary”) is on the boards for “Dirt On My Hands,” using solemn piano keys and kick drums to propel the song forward for three-and-a-half minutes. The track starts out sounding like a prayer of sorts, D.O.U.G.H. remarking on the hook “Lord forgive me – I’m a sinner,” and saying even taking “a bath in holy water” won’t save him. He lays these “sins” out more in-depth on the verses that follow: hustling, for example, fake friends, and the call of the streets in spite of the consequences. With lines like, “If you can’t relate, then don’t call me ‘cousin,'” D.O.U.G.H. pays homage to his Southern roots while also dismissing insincere sympathy. “Dirt” is ultimately dark gospel, especially when feature D’Vonna Taylor – who holds down the hook in the background for the majority of the song – reveals her lovely voice in the song’s final seconds.

Stream D.O.U.G.H.’s “Dirt On My Hands” single, featuring D’Vonna Taylor, for yourself down below. D.O.U.G.H.’s V!S!ON$ project is due out later this fall.