Belly signs with Roc Nation

Rapper known for his work with the Weeknd gets noticed by Jay Z's label

Rapper Belly has steadily released music in Canada for the better part of a decade but is now poised to cross over south of the border thanks to a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation label.

The Palestine-born, Ottawa-raised MC, born Ahmad Balshe, won a Juno in 2008 and recently found success in Toronto as an integral part of the Weeknd’s XO crew. He co-wrote six songs for the pop superstar’s Beauty Behind The Madness album, including singles Often, Earned It and The Hills. 

Despite Belly’s foray into radio-friendly pop, his own material is tougher, straight-up hip-hop. His first Roc Nation release is the video for trappy single No Option off this year’s Up For Days mixtape. The label will release his next album in 2016. | @nowtoronto

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