Friday, June 22, 2007


Controversial Rapper Can Be Found In The Club Or In Congress

OTTAWA, Canada (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One controversial Canadian rapper is rhyming about the streets – and cleaning them up.

That’s the rap from acclaimed hip-hopper Belly, who’s teaming up with the Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean to help kids on his hometown streets.

Belly – whose real name is Ahmad Balshe – says people don’t know how to “reach out to the hoods,” but he’s working on an initiative to let kids know they have options.

And while the Palestinian-born rapper exposes social strife with his lyrics, which have been banned by some music networks, Belly is as comfortable in the club as he is in Congress.

He admits, “I’m a news junkie. I’m on CNN.com all day. But I also go out and pop bottles and party and have fun.”

Don’t draw party lines with his music either.

He explains, “I’m Palestinian, but I don’t overuse it. I express it when I need to, but you can also play my songs in the club.”

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