Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandHip Hop


In a city who's hip hop scene is immensely overshadowed by country music there stands D.O.U.G.H. (Driven Only Under God's Hands) who give this genre a glimmer of hope. With 1 highly-praised project under his belt, "D.O.U.G.H. or Die" is sure to bring more attention to D.O.U.G.H.'s ability to weave street conscience lyricism with cunning wittiness and a boisterous delivery.

From small town obscurity to the bright stage lights of the big city explains D.O.U.G.H.'s musical journey. Originally from Paducah, Ky, Jonathan "D.O.U.G.H." Duo was introduced to hip hop by his older cousin. She would spend countless hours spinning vinyl, rehearsing dance moves and teaching him chords of some of the top hip hop songs of the day. He explained "This is where I definitely gained all my inspiration from". He also sung in his church choir as a child and began exploring creative writing in middle school.

After several lunch room cyphers and growing pains it wasn't until his mid 20's that he decided to take his craft seriously. Relocating to Nashville, Tn after a couple of semesters at Northern Kentucky University he regained inspiration from the budding underground scene. He began to produce and collaborate with several local acts such as Charlie P, Moss Tha Beast and Block Star. In early 2011, Shea Butter, a track that featured Kurtis Stanley of Gummy Soul was featured on Episode #133 on HoodHype.com . Around this time he also began hitting stages around the region performing at various showcases. It was an Industry Night showcase where he caught the attention of Dl'lisha Davis who would later write up an Artist Spotlight on her blog 2L's On A Cloud, one of Nashville's premiere hip-hop sites. He also won a "Best Artist" award after rocking the crowd at Hopewell Entertainment's Showcase hosted at The Rutledge in Nashville.

In November of 2011 he linked up with local clothing line Lovers & Fighters
to release his first official project "Daily Bread"
on the same day as his performance at Sneakers & Speakers Filled with personal tragedies and triumphs over melodic production "Daily Bread" was an effort that captured the hearts of many with it's diverse subject matter. The album was posted on many blogs across the region and was even reviewed by Sean Maloney of the Nashville Scene. "Sleepers" one of the album's biggest gems, received a considerable amount of spins on Nashville based internet radio station Beatknockin Radio and is a favorite of it's staff including SEA Award-winning host Mic Wise.

Releasing a 4-song fan appreciation E.P. entitled The Sidebar last summer, the emcee is looking to begin the year off strong with his new project, "D.O.U.G.H. OR DIE". This effort has been featured on several notable hip hop blogs and magazines including The Smoking Section and Concrete Magazine

Recently opening up for Big K.R.I.T., D.O.U.G.H. continues to gain new fans with each performance and every listen. GOT DOUGH?


Daily Bread 2011
The Sidebar EP 2012
D.O.U.G.H. Or Die 2013

Set List

Live By The Gun
Fool's Gold
Livin' Out Loud
Close My Eyes
Right Back