Before he was a critically-acclaimed rapper and co-writer for Beyoncé’s Lemonade and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness, Belly was a seven year old that emigrated from the West Bank city of Jenin to Ottawa, Canada. Coming from a foreign place, one theme remained common which was poverty, his latest mixtape Mumble Rap extends on that message and conveys what most immigrant experience as they try to adapt to their new environments.
The Palestinian-Canadian rapper, who is signed to Jay Z’s record label Roc Nation and the Weeknds’s label XO Records, sat down with CNN’s own Deena Zaru to talk about his record and the cultural shock he encountered upon his arrival to Canada. Immigration to the trap was the predominant theme and the visuals for the track were shot in France’s immigrant-heavy Seine Saint-Denis district to convey that reality.
Everything is integrated to me. We can use all the platforms to speak what we want to speak, but with that being said when I'm in the club I don't want to hear conscious s---, sorry. I want to turn up ... There's a place and time for everything. When I'm riding in my car I want to hear some s--- that makes me think.“-BELLY