Belly On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Belly On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Palestinian-Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer:


Here’s what they got into:

  • Being born in Palestine’s West Bank and his family’s move to Ottawa, Canada
  • The concept of borders only being lines drawn on a map by people in power
  • Art being the most effective vessel in expressing his views
  • His father’s struggles and how his incarceration impacted Belly and his family
  • Leaving home at 15 to pursue music and how his parents reacted
  • Wikipedia’s claims of Belly being a drummer in a punk band
  • Some of the biggest misconceptions that Americans hold about Canadians
  • Love for Eminem and his mainstreaming the complex rhyme schemes of the times
  • Belly became a student of the game as he became more ambitious
  • His approach of just going with the vibe when it comes to creating in the studio
  • What Sal and XO Records have done for Belly’s growth as an artist
  • A huge break in getting on DJ Kay Slay’s ‘Death Before Dishonor Vol. 2’
  • How much DJ Drama and Kay Slay have meant to the Mixtape movement
  • How touring with Snoop and Kurupt led to some great collaborations
  • Inspiration from Drake and the challenges of breaking through as a Canadian emcee
  • Discussion about songs from Belly’s 2015 release ‘Up For Days’
  • Spending 13 hours at the airport when trying to enter the states after 911
  • Germany calling Talib an anti-Semite and cancelling his shows
  • The genius of The Weeknd and how loyal he’s been to his friends that he came up with
  • Discussion of Belly’s 2016 album ‘Another Day in Paradise’
  • ‘Inzombia’ outlining Belly’s struggles with insomnia
  • “Re-Up” and “Might Not” addressing the perils of drug addiction
  • Talib and Belly both having been labeled as unapproachable and mean
  • Belly telling Talib he came off as frosty when they first met
  • Why Belly chose to title his 2017 release ‘Mumble Rap’
  • Notable bars from Belly’s song “Lullaby” as well as “Come Down Is Real”
  • What it was like meeting Jay-Z and eventually being signed to Roc Nation
  • Demanding his flowers on his latest release ‘See You Next Wednesday’
  • A dream came true in being able to have Nas featured on “Die For It”
  • “Requiem” and it’s references to the film “Requiem for a Dream”
  • How much the Wu-Tang Clan impacted Belly growing up
  • Raekwon being in Toronto often and his dropping into the studio
  • How Belly would approach a Verzuz battle
  • Wanting to explore new lanes of creative expression outside of music

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