D.O.U.G.H. crafts an anthem worthy of Black royalty on a new cut, “Last Kings (Zamunda).”

“When I die, bury me/ in a dashiki and a crown!”

D.O.U.G.H. has made his trademark of sorts making music with a message. It sounds cliche, but literally every track the Nashville-hailing emcee releases either tells a story or aims to inspire a feeling. The emcee is hard at work on finishing his long-under-construction ‘Still Here’ LP; but he opted to share a new single, “Last Kings (Zamunda),” last week. It’s D.O.U.G.H.’s first release since “Dirt On My Hands” over a year ago.

The single artwork all but suggests the message the rapper’s trying to convey. “I wanted to recognize the royalty we all have within us,” D.O.U.G.H. told Day & A Dream about the track. “But ‘Last Kings’ is also about creating a lasting legacy for our kids and loved ones to follow.”

NYSE handles production on “Last Kings,” lacing the nearly four-minute-long track with a thumping instrumental that bursts through the speakers. It’s a potent beat, to be sure, but D.O.U.G.H.’s gravelly flow walks atop it with ease. Creatively, the rapper name drops Black icons like Shaka Zulu, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X throughout the song, as well.

Zamunda may be a fictional country but the lessons D.O.U.G.H. has to share are very real. “Last Kings’s” second verse is especially potent, with D.O.U.G.H. appealing to young Black men (“If I referred to you as ‘King’ – (still a n*gga!) what type of feelin’ would it bring?”) and encouraging them to come together for a greater cause.

Stream D.O.U.G.H.’s “Last Kings” single for yourself down below. The rapper’s ‘Still Here’ project is on the way.

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