There’s alot happening for Canadian rapper/songwriter and Ottawa native BELLY right now. Or should we say, once again.
Belly and longtime friend The Weeknd collaborate on the single “Might Not,” a song that should raise the Canadian rapper’s profile.
A new deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation should help, too.
After co-writing six of The Weeknd’s songs, including “The Hills,” Belly had generated a significant buzz among music industry insiders.
“I think I just got the right ears with it to the point where Jay Z was interested and heard it and invited me over,” Belly says during an interview with Billboard. “And we had a conversation and that was that, you know? A man’s handshake, that’s all it takes sometimes.”
Even though he’s become more prominent through his work with longtime friend The Weeknd, Belly has released material before, including his “The Revolution” album which won a Juno Award (Canadian version of a Grammy) in 2007 and the “Up For Days” project in May. He says that the time in between releases helped him.
“I’m somebody who really likes to, rather than rush things, take a step back and look at the bigger picture,” Belly says. “And for me, I knew that to come over here and to play in the big leagues, per se, it was going to take a lot more than to sit around and keep making the same type of music I was making before. I felt like I needed to experience more in my life, I got out more and traveled and did things, I wrote a lot more, did songwriting for a bunch of people. And it led me back and that’s where I’m at right now.”
Belly’s newest single, “No Option”