Birthday: April 7, 1984
Ahmad Balshe (born April 7, 1984), better known by his stage name Belly, is a Palestinian-Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.
Born in Jenin, Palestine, and raised in Ottawa, his musical career began in city clubs. Belly has since won a Juno, three MuchMusic Video Awards and has twice attained a top chart position in the national Much Music Countdown. Belly has written songs for many artists. His stage name was derived from the term “rebellious”.
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 longtime 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.
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.
His second album, Sleepless Nights 1.5 was released April, 2012. The first single “Hot Girl”, featuring Snoop Dogg was released on September 8, 2009.
Second single “To The Top”, featuring Ava, was released in 2010. Belly’s first single of 2011 was “Back Against the Wall”, featuring Grammy Award-nominated singer Kobe Honeycutt.
In May 2015, Belly released his newest mixtape, entitled Up For Days. It featured 10 tracks, including four collaborations with Travis Scott, Juelz Santana, French Montana, and XO-label head, The Weeknd in addition to six solo tracks. On November 24, 2015, it was announced that he had signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation label.
Belly was also prominently featured on The Weeknd’s 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness, earning six writing credits.
In February 2016, he released the song “Zanzibar”, featuring American rapper Juicy J. On November 11, 2016, he released Inzombia which had 11 tracks