On “Die for It,” a single from Belly’s new album See You Next Wednesday, the rapper takes a turn for the apocalyptic. The track features The Weeknd and Nas in one of the year’s most compelling collaborations, and finds Belly in the trenches of his own subconscious, rapping about paranoia and the looming sense of doom that permeates so much of modern life. The track’s video, released today, makes the song’s mood almost visceral. Belly transforms into a kind of cyberpunk angel roaming through a brooding cityscape in what looks like the aftermath of an unknown calamity.
The track and its video mark a significant moment for Belly, as he’s poised to launch into a new echelon of his career. His new album is the follow-up to 2018’s Immigrant, an excellent release that highlighted Belly’s capabilities as an MC. It makes sense that See You Next Wednesday is packed with high-profile collaborations. The album also features tracks with Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna, and Big Sean. Not bad company.
“This collaboration felt like something special from the jump. Nas is someone I’ve always looked up to and learned from my whole life and getting a verse from him was definitely on my bucket list. An artist like Abel comes around once in a lifetime, being able to work with him has been one of my greatest blessings,” Belly told Rolling Stone. “Having both of them on one song is a dream come true. James Larese killed it as usual and gave us a movie. Even the production was a family affair, shout-out to Daheala, The Anmls, and DannyboyStyles.”
“Belly a rhymer. You gotta make room for ones like that. And he maps things out, too. They mobbing — him and Abel,” Nas told Rolling Stone. “I love their movement. I wish him greatness.”
“Being with these three on set was a great reminder of what it’s like when artists support each other,” photographer Flo Ngala said. ” You wouldn’t think this location was an abandoned warehouse with the warmth between these three which really lit up the set (not to talk of the actual car that was on fire at the end of the night!)”
Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Belly’s “Die for it” video shoot.