Belo From Do Or Die Delivers The Truth
Posted on August 22, 2006 by Jamie Slaughter
Standout member Belo of Do or Die is putting the finishing touches on his dynamic, debut album THE TRUTH, due to arrive in stores this October 17th on The Legion Records' label. Belo has the streets anxiously awaiting his solo album. He is the first member from Do or Die to release a solo effort.
"What makes Belo's project so provoking is that his style is very unique within the group and within the industry," says Rudy Acosta, owner of The Legion Records. "For him to be the first one of the group to come out with a solo album, it's exciting to see the direction he's taking. He's got that smooth, pimp feel, but he also takes it to the streets. It's a great combination."
During Belo's career with Do or Die, he was typically given a verse per song to explain his thoughts and views. Now, the Chicago rhyme legend is taking advantage of the extra mic time a solo album provides. Belo's got a lot he wants to speak on---that's why he's named it The Truth.
“I picked The Truth because a lot of the stuff I wanted to express I couldn’t express when I was doing albums with Do or Die,” Belo explains. “I wanted to touch on some topics that were real truthful, that were really real, as to why I call it The Truth. I had never gotten a chance to touch on my personal spirituality. A lot of people don’t know that side of me because they hear me rapping laid-back and smooth. I have done a lot on the streets, but they don’t know the street side and the stuff that I’ve gone through in life.”
Belo spits straight street on “Outlaws” and addresses issues he has with religious misdirection, the terrorist attacks on America, the war in Iraq and the American government on the searing “God’s Wrath.” Belo gives fans the classic Do or Die sound Belo helped define too. One such tune is sexy lead single “So Exclusive,” which features the soulful vocals of Johnny P, the sensuous production work of The Legendary Traxster and showcases Belo rapping about having an exclusive woman.