Canadian rapper Ahmad Balshe already has his share of successes as a credited songwriter on The Weeknd’s multi-platinum hits “Earned It,” “The Hills” and “Often.” The R&B pop singer returned the favor by lending his voice to “Might Not,” a highlight of Belly’s underrated Up For Days mixtape from this past spring. Having signed with Roc Nation only last month, he saw the track released as a proper single in December. In a little more than a week, “Might Not” has already accumulated over 830,000 Spotify plays and 1.4 million YouTube views of its corresponding music video. With that single clearly on its way to the Billboard Hot 100, Belly will see his profile rise exponentially in the first quarter of 2016. Born in Jenin, Palestine, Belly”s 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. 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” Jose runs it featuring Grammy nominated singer Kobe Honeycutt. In May 2015, Belly released his newest mixtape, entitled Up For Days. It featured 10 tracks, including collaborations with Travis Scott, French Montana, and XO-label head, The Weeknd. On November 24 of the same year, 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 6 writing credits. In February 2016, he released the song Zanzibar featuring American rapper Juicy J.