“I was just uninspired in terms of artistry. I took a step back and just viewed the whole atmosphere of what was going on around me, in music, everything.” That is how Belly describes his brief hiatus from music.
By 2015, he returned to the scene, co-writing with longtime friend and fellow Canadian The Weeknd on his breakout single “Earned It,” along with a slew of other tracks off The Weeknd’s second album Beauty Behind The Madness and third Starboy. His critically acclaimed mixtape Up For Days was a welcome return for Belly, delivering his knack for party tracks, along with the hit “Might Not” featuring The Weeknd. Belly ultimately inked a deal with The Weeknd’s XO Recordings and Roc Nation. Belly even found a serendipitous placement on Beyoncé’s Lemonade. In 2016, he was honored at the SOCAN Awards as Songwriter of the Year for his work with top-tier artists.
But as Belly was piecing together his follow-up album, things began to shift in his life as well the on-goings of the world, and so the focus changed. The result is Immigrant, a project just as powerful as its title where Belly brings next level message music that hits extremely close to his heart and home.