Canadian rapper Belly is back with a bang! The artist, who previously hinted at his impending retirement, has come out with a new single called “American Nightmare.” Produced by Hit-Boy, Nick Lamb and DannyBoyStyles, the track has a bold horn-heavy sound that Belly rides over with ease, showcasing his high-energy flow and politically-charged lyrics.
The release of “American Nightmare” marks the beginning of Belly’s promotional campaign for his upcoming album, Mumble Rap 2. Set for release on May 19th, the album will see Belly teaming up with Hit-Boy as the executive producer, and promises to remind fans of his lyrical prowess as an MC.
Speaking on the track, Belly shared that he wanted to “express how proud [he is] of being not only an Arab, but someone who’s been able to set an example for young Arabs everywhere.” The single delves deep into the challenges faced by the Middle Eastern community across the US, with Belly using his platform to shed light on the issue.
Belly has undoubtedly cemented his place in the music industry as a songwriter, having penned several hits for The Weeknd and himself. However, with Mumble Rap 2, the rapper aims to prove his mettle as a formidable MC.
Fans of Belly will be saddened to hear of his upcoming retirement, but can take solace in the fact that he has three more albums in the works before he hangs up the microphone for good. “MR2 will be the first of my last three albums ever. Mini tour for MR2 then a farewell tour after my next 2,” he wrote on Twitter earlier this year.