24: For those who may be unfamiliar with who you are, Introduce yourself and let everybody know what you represent.
Belly aka reBELLYus. I’m from Canada. I’ve done all there is to do in Canada in terms of awards and selling records and all of that. I have eight platinum plaques on my wall so I’m trying to bring that over here [the U.S.]. That’s the idea right now.
24: How would you describe your music how do you feel it’s going to transcend to the music consumers from Canada to here in the states?
Music is too universal. Trust me. That line that separates the U.S. and Canada was drawn by somebody. We on the same piece of land. It’s the same thing. No matter where your making music, your making music. It’s all about if your making good music or bad music.
24: Tell us about the mixtape Sleepless Nights your currently working on.
The mixtape is Sleepless Nights. Literally; A lot of sleepless nights. That kind of sums up life right now so that’s what the mixtape is called. I have a single out right now featuring Kobe called Back Against The Wall. Kobe of course is featured on Eminem’s album, the Fab single [I’ma Do It], he’s amazing. That’s just the warm-up. That’s just kinda like me jogging before I start sprinting.
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24: Is there a particular record that you would like the fans so pay attention to specifically off the mixtape?
I wouldn’t even say it like that. That’s like trying to pinpoint a scene in a movie. You just have to take it in. Put it in and play it from top to bottom. That’s the only way you can listen to it.
24: Throughout your career you’ve collaborated with some of music biggest stars, ranging from Ginuwine, Nina Sky, Kurupt, Mario Winans, Danny Fernandes, Drake to Snoop Dogg to now more recently Vado. What can we be expecting from you in 2011 as far as collabs are concerned?
A lot more of it. I’m a strong believer in collaborations. When people collaborate, especially musically, hip-hop is known for that. We probably do that the most out of any genre of music. We come together and make music together and it keeps up strong. That’s what I do. Sometimes I’ll finish a record and sometimes feel like a record needs this person or it needs that person, so I reach out and get it done.
24: What are you doing differently on this project than you done with your past work?
It’s a lot more musicial. More epic.
24: What else can fans expect from you musically in 2011?
You just expect material man. I don’t know what platform I’m going to give it to you in but I do know I’m doing mixtapes, I’m doing an album and like I said, I have the back up to do it and I have the freedom to do what I want.
24: Can you reveal any details about the album?
Well right now I’m focused on my foundation. When you build, you have to start with you foundation and my foundation is my producers. Of course I got Styles, Blackout Movement, Streetrunner, Hugo Diaz, my own in-house guys, that’s really where I’m starting at. I’m going to work on records and start figuring out where what fits where.
24: What’s your current label situation?
I’m the co-owner of my label, which is CP Records. We’re the #1 independent record label in Canada. That’s by stats, not just me making up funny statements. I’m basically signed to myself. I do what I want to do and go where I want to go. I work with EMI in Canada and it’s the type of situation where I have the right back up. We have the freedom to do what we want and we have the backing telling us to do so. A lot of people don’t have that. Freedom is important.
24: How do you feel about beefs?
We spend so much time on the people that hate us, we forget about the people that love us…
I don’t do beefs. I’m past that. I’ve been past that. People know me. They know certain situations have happened and things that went down. They know me. At the end of the day, I don’t do that beef shit. That’s not what I’m this to do. I’m in this to make money and I’m doing a good at it so far.
24: On the Canadian rap scene, who are upcoming artists, signed or unsigned you feel have the potential to be the next big thing out of Canada?
There’s so many guys. I wouldn’t even call them upcoming because there just doing their thing; Beyond a level of I would call upcoming. Guys like my dawg P-Reign, that’s my homie right there. Big Lean, he’s crazy. My little brother Ramsey, he’s a monster, beast. I can’t even explain it. Everybody will see one day. My man Strizzy, Mayhem Morearty of course, there’s a lot of guys in Toronto right now that really bubbling, ready to go. The on the level so it’s just a matter of time. Shout out to Guillotine too.
24: How would the fans go about contacting you?
There’s a dude I work with, his name is Cash. People mistake us for brothers but I think we just been around each other so long we started looking like each other [laughs] It’s crazy. That’s my dude since childhood so anything you need from me, hit him up at @Cashup on twitter. Get at him, he got you. Also follow me at @reBELLYus
24: Thank you for providing 24hourhiphop.com with this exclusive interview, do you have any last words for your present and future fans?
Keep an eye out and get ready…