HIP-HOP ARTIST BELLY TAKES HOME 2007 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDSJune 19, 2007 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment
Hip-hop artist Belly, known as “Canada’s God Father” took home a “Best Rap Video” award for “Pressure” featuring R&B crooner Ginuwine, during the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday June 17th, 2007, Canada’s version of MTV. This is such an honor for me,” said Belly as he picked up his MMVA trophy. “Hip-hop lives strong tonight!” Poignant words from an artist who has been a part of the struggle to make hip-hop a powerful, credible and viable art form in Canada.
Belly stole the show when he delivered an infectious and powerful performance of “Pressure,” prompting the Toronto Sun to report, “Other performers last night included Hilary Duff — who won the people’s choice award for favourite international artist — Alexisonfire, Maroon 5, and The Used, but it was Ottawa-based Palestinian rapper Belly who delivered the standout live performance with ‘Pressure,’ featuring special guest Ginuwine, dancing girls, two violin players and a gospel choir.”
Belly has garnered considerable attention throughout Canada with his acclaimed debut album, “The Revolution”, released in Canada on CP Records June 5th. The rapper is no stranger to headlines; this 23-year-old has toured with hip-hop elite like Snoop, Ice Cube and Kurupt.
Belly has been called an “ambassador of peace”, as he promotes unity with his thought provoking, descriptive lyrics about bringing people of all races, creeds and colors together, while denouncing war. His message was delivered loud and clear in the recently released underground music video for his stand out track, “History of Violence”. Belly is also an ambassador of hip-hop and hopes to continue to put Canada’s name on the music map.