Belly ft. The Weeknd “Might Not” Video

Beauty Behind the Madness was a fantastic album, but, like many people, I first got hooked on The Weeknd’s hedonistic falsetto through his 2011 run of mixtapes. While I’m sure mainstream success has done wonders for the pineapple-haired singer’s bank account, it’s hard to appreciate the Maroon 5-y “I Can’t Feel My Face” compared to druggy afterhours cuts like “The Morning.” The best Weeknd song song of the year, one that brings us back to those earlier rawer days, isn’t a Weeknd song at all.

Having worked with the likes of Ginuwine, Snoop Dogg, now The Weeknd, and signing to Roc Nation, it’s surprising that Canadian/Palestinian rapper Belly isn’t already a household name. He’s been around the industry since at least 2007, writing and producing for other artists. This year’s Up For Days mixtape featured heavy hitters like Travi$ Scott and French Montana, as well as resulting in this incredible Weeknd collab “Might Not.” It’s a conscious effort to up his visibility, and getting an amazing performance out of one of the artists in the game is a surefire way to win.

The Shomi Patwary-directed visual brings all the drug-weary afterglow to the fold, as both Abel and Belly wander through various parties and lingere-clad women too fucked up to function, or care that they can’t function.  “The shit’s too strong / The night’s too long / I took too much / and I’ve gone too far / and this time I might not make it.” It’s not the lightweight Weeknd songs we’ve been used to, he literally might die of a drug overdose. It’s that immediacy, plus the cool talkbox-y background chirps that make the track standout among other Rap&B collabs this year—even compared to their previous song together with Ty Dolla $ign. Meanwhile, Belly’s clever flips like “Baby sit calm / We don’t need another episode” prove that he’s not just being carried by the XO artist. It’s for sure a standout track that seemingly flew under the radar, and hopefully the surreal visual treatment gives it a second chance to shine.

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