#SOTD | Belly – 1200 ft. Juicy J [MP3]
As we previously reported, Belly is preparing for the release of a new project and “1200” featuring Taylor Gang’s Juicy J was the only known track off the project. “1200” is now our Song of the Day and available to listen/download after the jump!
Ottawa, ON – After the recent success of The Greatest Dream I Never Had, rapper Belly is back with a new wave of music that he is ready to share with his listeners. The new tape, called 6 AM, has been under works for a better part of 2012 and has been solely produced by Danny Boy Styles, Da Heala and Belly, with creative direction from The Weeknd. “The majority of these records came about in the dead of night, I’m paying homage to that life” said Belly, when asked about the title of the project. “I do more at 6 a.m. than I do at 6 p.m., that’s dinnertime for us.”
The first release from the highly anticipated mixtape is “1200”, which features Taylor Gang’s own Juicy J. An intoxicating drug anthem with dark undertones, and hard hitting production, it’s quite the introduction to 6 AM.
Belly – 1200 ft. Juicy J
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After three successful mixtapes, a number one gold selling album in Canada and countless top ten singles, Juno award-winning artist Belly, is back and diligently preparing his highly anticipated sophomore album “Champagne Dreams Marijuana Thoughts.“
Working for almost a decade as a hip-hop producer and songwriter, Belly’s first album “THE REVOLUTION” premiered at 1 on SoundScan Canada (Rap and R&B charts) in June of 2007. Earlier that year, Belly was announced as the opening act for Snoop Dogg’s 16 date Blue Carpet Treatment Tour. The tour also featured legendary icons Ice Cube, as well as the DoggPound (Kurupt, and Daz Dillinger). This helped Belly gain recognition from coast to coast, and sparked a fire that continues to burn strong today. He went on to receive 4 nominations at the MuchMusic Video awards (MMVA, equivalent to VMA) and took home Best Rap Video for his first single “Pressure” featuring platinum selling recording artist Ginuwine. He also performed alongside Ginuwine in what the Toronto Sun quoted as “the standout live performance of the night.”
In October 2007, Belly became the first independent Canadian hip-hop artist to go Gold this decade. His debut album “THE REVOLUTION” was critically acclaimed and equally controversial. The album earned Belly a cult following and made him a household name in Canada. In April of 2008 his third video “Ridin” featuring Mario Winans got nominated for 4 MuchMusic video awards and his video “I’m the Man” ft. Kurupt got nominated for 1 making him the only artist that year to get nominated in 5 categories. He won Best Rap Video for the second year in a row. In 2008 Belly not only took home Best Rap Video of the Year but also a Juno Award (equivalent to a Grammy in Canada) for Best Hip-Hop Album of the Year. It was a feat that few expected, but many respected. Belly became a Canadian superstar headlining his own sold out tours across Canada. On October 27th, Belly released his fourth mixtape to date “Back For the First time” partnering up with DJ Smallz [Southern Smoke] and his Fear Factor brand. The mixtape was featured on major online media outlets such as Thisis50.com [2 day takeover], AllHipHop.com, WorldstarHipHop.com and more. The tape presents collaborations with an array of different artists including Snoop Dogg, Drake, Kurupt, the late Stack Bundles, Bynoe, P-Reign, and Belly’s younger brother Truth. The first single “Hot Girl” ft. Snoop Dogg was released online in July 2009. “It’s been a long time coming,” Belly explains. “This is a dream come true for the average person, but it’s defying the odds coming where I’m from. The first rap album I ever owned was Doggystyle, so this is a defining moment in my life.” The video for “Hot Girl”, directed by MMVA award-winner RT!, was added on MuchMusic’s “BIG ONE” and is currently in rotation at MuchMusic.
Belly is currently working on his forthcoming album with notable producers from the South including the Grammy award winning Jim Jonsin (Lollipop-Lil Wayne, Whatever You Like – T.I., Kiss Me Thru The Phone – Soulja Boy),Develop (Lil Wayne, Funk Master Flex, Juelz Santana, Diplomats) , Boi-1da (Drake – Best I Ever Had,Eminem – Not Afraid) Pauly Paul ( Grammy nominated) Hugo Diaz (Diaz Brothers), Blackout Movement(This is Why I’m Hot – Mims), Infamous (Mr. Carter – Lil Wayne, Prom Queen – Lil Wayne), Da Heala, and Whosane?.
“I’m taking my time, and doing things right this time. With everything I accomplished, its sad to say I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing… I’ll let you know how I feel after I win a couple Grammy’s,” he says with a smile.
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