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|Birth name||Ahmad Balshe|
|Also known as||Rebellyus, BellyBoy|
April 7, 1984 |
|Origin||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupations||Rapper, Song Writer|
|Labels||XO (present), CP Records (former)|
|Associated acts||The Weeknd, Ricky Hil, Snoop Dogg, Danny Fernandes, Drake (entertainer), Kobe. Kurupt, Massari, Ginuwine, Nina Sky, Mario Winans.|
Born in Jenin, Palestine, his musical career has been based in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to a Juno, he has won three MuchMusic Video Awards and has twice attained a top chart position in the national Much Music Countdown. Belly has written many #1 and platinum gold/hits for other artists. His stage name of Belly/Rebellyus was derived from the term "rebellious."
His first single "Pressure" featuring Ginuwine peaked at the #10 position on Canadian CHR radio charts, and #1 on MuchMusic's Video chart. In April 2007, Belly released the video for his second single "Don't Be Shy" featuring Nina Sky, as well as the video for "History of Violence" Directed by Martin Verigin and Jeffrey Hagerman. The video remains his most controversial record to date. In "History of Violence," Belly explains his views on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the War in Iraq.
Go Sens Go
During the 2007 NHL Playoffs, as the Ottawa Senators were competing, Belly released a single entitled "Bandwagon" (produced by Hussain). When the Senators made the Stanley Cup Finals, Belly released a second version of the song which featured goaltender Ray Emery.
2007: The Revolution
His debut album, The Revolution, was released on June 5, 2007. This double disc album was divided into two sections: "The People" and "The System." "The People" contained more in depth songs, such as "History of Violence" (produced by Whosane?), "Follow Me," and "Revolutionary," where he challenges his listeners to discover the facts regarding the Middle-East situation. Other songs on this disc include "People Change" (produced by Whosane?), "Leave Me Alone" where he talks about his long time friends and the memories that he kept from them. "The System" contained his hit singles "Don't Be Shy", "Ridin'", and "Pressure"
The Revolution achieved Gold sales in Canada and won the 2008 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Singles from The Revolution won two MuchMusic Video Awards for Best Rap Video; "Pressure" in 2007 and "Ridin'" in 2008.
2008: Police raid
A major police raid was conducted at the artist's home in Greely, Ontario on August 15, 2008 based on a search warrant to seek firearms there. However, the only items of note found in this raid were three BB guns that were purchased, on sale, from a Canadian Tire store. No charges were laid and Belly later commented that the raid "was a waste of Ottawa taxpayers' money, but now my neighbours can see that I don't have anything to hide."
Belly also released a body of work that was a compilation of songs he had worked on with Dogg Pound rapper Kurupt some time after his first album The Revolution. Some songs were unreleased with a few that had seen release dates on previous mixtapes. This mixtape was called Belly & Kurupt The Lost Tapes 2008 hosted yet again by DJ Ill Will. In 2011, Belly released another new mixtape titled The Greatest Dream I Never Had which he has said will have no features.
2012: Sleepless Nights 1.5
Second single "To The Top" featuring Ava, was released in 2010. Belly's first single of 2011 was "Back Against the Wall" featuring Grammy nominated singer Kobe Honeycutt.
|2012||Sleepless Nights 1.5
As lead artist
|2007||"Pressure" (featuring Ginuwine)||10||The Revolution|
|"Don't Be Shy" (featuring Nina Sky)||45|
|"I'm the Man" (featuring Kurupt)||—|
|"Ridin'" (featuring Mario Winans)||80|
|2008||"Get to Know You" (featuring Keshia Chanté)||74||Non-album single|
|2009||"Hot Girl" (featuring Snoop Dogg)||58||Back for the First Time Vol. 1 /
Sleepless Nights 1.5
|2011||"To the Top" (featuring Ava)||—||Sleepless Nights 1.5|
|"Back Against The Wall" (featuring Kobe)||—|
|"I Drink I Smoke" (featuring Snoop Dogg)||—|
|"Hartwin Cole" (featuring Faber Drive)||—|
|2012||"1200" (featuring Juicy J)||—||Non-album single|
Collaboration in singles by other artists
- 2006: "Rush the Floor" by Massari featuring Belly (Massari album)
- 2006: "Don't Let Go" by Massari featuring Belly (Massari album)
- 2008: "Private Dancer" by Danny Fernandes featuring Belly (Intro album)
- 2009: "Amnesia" by Caspian featuring Belly
- 2010: "Automatic" by Danny Fernandes featuring Belly (AutomaticLUV album)
- 2011: "Hit Me Up" by Danny Fernandes featuring Josh Ramsay and Belly (AutomaticLUV album)
- 2011: "In Your Arms" by Mia Martina featuring Jump Smokers and Belly (Devotion album)
- 2011: "Turn It Up" Mia Martina featuring Belly and Danny Fernandes (Devotion album)
- 2005: DJ Kool Kid Presents: Death Before Dishonor: Vol. 1
- 2006: DJ Kay Slay Presents: Death Before Dishonor: Vol. 2
- 2007: Big Mike Presents: Death Before Dishonor: Vol. 3
- 2009: DJ Smallz Presents: Back for the First Time Vol. 1
- 2011: DJ Ill Will Presents: Sleepless Nights
- 2011: DJ Ill Will Presents: Belly & Kurupt The Lost Tapes 2008
- 2011: DJ Drama Presents: The Greatest Dream I Never Had
- "Belly shoots from the gut". Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved June 2007.
- "Champions, baby". Retrieved May 18, 2007.
- CP Records Releases New Belly and Keshia Chante single "Get To Know You"
- Dimmock, Gary; Nixon, Geoff (August 17, 2008). "Police gun raid on rapper's home a total bust". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved August 17, 2008.
- Music video for "Hot Girl"
- Music video for "Back Against The Wall"