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Out Today via Up Records
“…combining the road mentality of UK rap with sweet afrobeats melodies, Belly Squad are likely to do big things this year.” – FACT
“Genre-hopping and always full of adolescent energy, their tunes are packed with melody and mischief” – Guardian
“…undeniably British, yet reflective of their roots…” – Noisey
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. Today, Belly Squad drop their debut EP ‘Banana’, featuring previously released tracks, ‘Banana’, ‘Banana’ Remix, ‘Like That’ and ‘Papa’, plus new track ‘Morning‘.
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 6 million 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, followed quickly by 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. The video has now clocked up over 3 million views on YouTube.
- Banana (Remix) feat. Abra Cadabra, Young T & Bugsey, Timbo & Showkey
- Like That
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