Mystery has surrounded loved singer Poncho Belly and his classy-hood amigo, Compton rapper Dizzle. When their first single and video "Pullin Up" dropped, many wondered how two unknowns could be so comfortable in the spotlight. But as a crowd gathered in Hollywood around a neon-green i8 with “ITSEAZY” on the plates last week, it all started making sense. "Poncho Belly" is none other than Grammy-award winner Eric Bellinger, and "Dizzle" is the one-and-only AD! The two artists adopted these alter egos, inspired by Bellinger's recent time in Mexico and the classy-hood freshness of Compton, while recording their NINE collab album. Now as NINE is released to the public, both characters are turning up to celebrate the project which is an amazing listen for all nine tracks.
NINE starts off on a vulnerable note with “PATNA,” a song that has Bellinger wishing for a deeper connection: I’m not looking for a one night stand / I ain’t playin, no / I’m not looking, no / Looking for a patna. AD’s bass-heavy voice is grounding from the beginning, a perfect compliment for Eric Bellinger's acrobatic melodies. Later both artists wish for a second chance with the girls who wouldn't hit them back when they were struggling on “TEXT ME BACK” and then delve into the topic of love on “IN LINE” and “LUH ME.”
Poncho Belly and Dizzle shared this project release to the public with a LIT bowling party with rappers Wale, Bhad Bhabie, G Perico, Joe Moses and Kap G, Adrian Marcel collaborator and singer Jane Handcock, Wild N' Out stars NickNPattiwhack and DanRue, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood producer RoccStar, and LA's "The Element" show host DJ Carisma. Peep the photos below and listen to NINE available now on all platforms. (PHOTO CREDITS: DELIGHTFUL SILENCE, NETWORKKINGZ, MAURICE WILLIAMS)