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Doughbeezy’s walk to King Beezy didn’t come without calloused feet.

At his core, Doughbeezy is a man of many a principle. He’s gone back on a few; he’s reaffirmed others. But the rapper who is tied to Texas from ink to his slang and steps hasn’t entirely lost focused, not even when his demeanor shifted almost two years ago. The story was reported in hushed tones, only brought up when necessary. The needed thoughts of a man in Dough’s case were centered upon survival. You could tell in his raps all throughout Reggie Bush & Kool-Aid 2. Where he would sound jovial and amused, he’d push a threat to drive again that what happened to him when he protected his life altered his raps.

There have been flashes of the “old” Doughbeezy, but no one truly wants the “old Dough.” The “old Dough” and the current one don’t occupy the same space in regards to thinking and motivation. All of this is on full display with “Lately,” built-in with a small short about overconfident eyes always leading towards improper action. Dough’s yips and pronunciation of every word still are trademarks, same for the ability to work around Nancy Sinatra’s spaghetti-western ode of doom and gloom. “Lately” is about the underbelly of Houston, where trust fails even the most loyal of friends and crew. “Even my own mama gotta keep a gun for safety now,” he raps. In a way, it’s a call for isolation, a T’Chaka belief in a world full of Killmonger’s who want it to be the other way.

King Beezy, the long-awaited album from Doughbeezy drops next week. A year and some change removed from nearly losing his life have given Doughbeezy a new sense of focus. He’s still opening his arms out and creating avenues for others. In a way, he’s about as cautious as can be. Presidential yet weary. Open, yet skeptical. The eyes of the Southeast Beast have made sure that looking all over the place, and rapping about it has once more become his strongest trait. From color to black and white, Dough still packs the wit with the seriousness. The well-rounded king believes he’s back.