(AllHipHop News) Ahmad “Belly” Balshe had sections of the internet talking when the Canadian posted photos to Instagram of him and Jay-Z in the studio. The caption for the photo and video simply read, “zone.”
“Just to have the involvement of somebody I've idolized my whole life is amazing. A lot of the credit people give me on certain sh-t, I'm like, ‘[JAY-Z] taught me to do that.’ I've been listening to him my whole life, but he's taught me how to approach things differently and to take my words more seriously when I rap,” admitted Belly. “It's dope having him there and being involved with my album. [Him] having a hands-on approach with it is incredible. I think he's trying to instill his greatness, and show me his perspective from an outsider's approach. Sometimes you overthink sh-t. It's the greatest blessing.”
The West Bank-born musician later added, “We've been in there late some nights. He's the epitome of what you want a career to look like. For him to be at the pinnacle and still take the time to come do sessions with young guys is a blessing and it shows a lot about his character, love, and passion.”
Last year, Belly released his Mumble Rap mixtape via XO/Roc Nation. Up next is a project titled Midnight Zone which is expected to feature The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, French Montana, and NAV.
“I approached the situation with so much more care than I approach my mixtapes with and I'm meticulous. When I approach my mixtapes I'm very calculated. With this, this is my baby. This has to be everything I want it to be and more,” explained the "4 Days" performer.