As we enter 2017, along with the likes of J Hus and MoStack and more, Belly Squad are bringing the afrobeats revolution to the forefront of UK urban music.
From South and East London, Belly Squad are Ty and Max, both 18 and T1, 20. The trio have built a huge underground following, churning out street bangers; a mix of hard, inner-city rhymes sweetened by endlessly catchy melodic hooks and afro rhythms. Clocking up over 4 millions plays across their own smashes like ‘Banana’, as well as remixes of US rap anthems like Young Thug & Travis Scott’s ‘Pick Up The Phone’, Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ and Drake’s ‘Controlla’. Their hybrid ‘afrobeats’ sound blends elements of their African and Caribbean heritage with, grime, R&B and road rap.
The boys have been carving out their own lane, creating and uploading self-made street anthems to YouTube – shooting their own DIY videos. Their calling card ‘Banana’ dropped last year, and has since clocked up over 1.3 million views. Now, ‘Banana’ got its official release on December 4th, along with a blockbuster new remix featuring some of the UK’s biggest names, including MOBO Award winner Abra Cadabra, Black Butter signings Young T & Bugsey, Timbo, and Showkey, recorded before the hotly tipped rappers’ untimely passing earlier this year.
“Undeniably British, yet reflective of their roots” – Noisey UK
“One of my favourite songs of the year” – The FADER
“Combining the road mentality of UK rap with sweet afrobeats melodies, Belly Squad are likely to do big things this year” – FACT