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.

Related Posts


PREMIERE: Belly Creates Short Art Film with “Ballerina” Video


Belly Compares Himself to Other Rappers and Explains Pharrell’s Wisdom

Music Video
Music Video

The Weeknd Joined by Drake, Bryson Tiller and More In “Reminder” Video

Music Video
Music Video

Check Out Mass Appeal Music Video Night, An Event for A Genre That Doesn’t Get Enough Love


Don Q Flexes in “Chasing These Bands” Video


Latest News

nas-rapture Film


Mass Appeal’s new Netflix series premieres this weekend at SXSW
same Hot Takes

It Was a Type Beat Year

The search for something new in a year of sameness
shea serrano Features

Shea Serrano Quit His Teaching Job, Now He Has Two Best Sellers and Two TV Shows

"It is funny to just walk in and just be a Mexican, because I’m usually the only one there"
mf doom Features

The 10 Best DOOM Songs of 2017, Ranked

Even after 'The Missing Notebook Rhymes' went missing, the masked villain still caused havoc
worst cops Features

The Worst Cops of 2017

The hall of shame
donald trump Features

32 Songs That Dissed Donald Trump in 2017

The "F.D.T." wave
lil peep News

R.I.P. Gus, Long Live Lil Peep

Resisting nostalgia at the speed of the internet
88 rising Features

Sean Miyashiro of 88rising Connected the Cultures

With 1.25 million YouTube subscribers and a gang of talent, 88rising controlled the new East-West flow
eminem Video

Eminem By the Numbers

You may know how many f*cks he gives, but what about the other crucial figures from Slim Shady's career?
tape Features

Why 2017 Was Rap’s Year of the Tape

Seven labels explain why they're still rewinding cassettes back
safdie brothers Features

The Safdie Brothers Got Gritty as 2017’s Filmmakers to Watch

"You might not like the feeling that you're feeling, but you can still be entertained by that feeling."
best albums Features

The 25 Best Albums of 2017

The essential sounds that defined one very strange year
hey arnold Humor

Everything About Christmas is Awful, Except the ‘Hey Arnold!’ Special

The one redeeming thing about this trash holiday
combat-jack Features

Knowledge Darts Vol. 32: Winter Solstice

I never got to say thank you
jeezy Video

Open Space: Jeezy

"You can’t just crush a diamond with a rock. It’s hard, it’s tough. But it’s bright."

Rhythm Roulette: Boi-1da

The wait is over