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Published on June 29th, 2020 | by Guest Editor


Film: Rah Swish – BK Belly (Directed by Poke & Tone)

The Canarsie Rapper Puts His Own Spin on Belly, the 1998 Cult Classic Film, As He Prepares for His Upcoming WOO Forever Project

Critical Praise:
“As the New York City street rap renaissance continues, it seems like new guys are coming around every corner with a banger. Enter Rah Swish, whose latest song, ‘Treeshin’,’ is a stereo system’s dream: bass-heavy, belligerent, and demanding to be cranked to max volume.” – Pitchfork

“New York’s Secret Weapon” – Kazi Magazine

The Film:
Though he came up under the wing of the late Pop Smoke, Canarsie rapper Rah Swish has more than enough charisma to stand out on his own. Showing off his magnetic screen presence, Rah Swish presents BK Belly, a new short film (or #WOOVIE). The new film pays homage to Hype Williams’ 1998 film Belly, a cult classic that featured DMX and Nas in starring roles, lovingly recreating the original’s plot and iconic moments (including the use of Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” over the opening credits) with a Brooklyn twist. Directed with style by Poke & Tone of the Trackmasters, who produced tracks for the original film’s blockbuster soundtrack, BK Belly follows Rah as he schemes, strategizes, romances, and kills in an attempt to take over the Brooklyn streets.

BK Belly benefits from a soundtrack that features new music from Rah Swish, who is planning to release his upcoming project WOO Forever on June 26th. Appearing during a particularly memorable scene is “Tongue Out (Treeshin’ 2),” the Brooklyn rapper’s energetic new banger. The title track “WOO Forever,” which has over 100k Spotify streams in just two weeks of release, soundtracks time-lapsed cityscapes. BK Belly also offers previews of unreleased tracks like “Hustlin'” and “The Slide Show.”

Honoring the memory of his close friend Pop Smoke even as he builds his own legacy, WOO Forever is Rah’s first project since last year’s debut Look What They Started. Though it reflects the dark realities of street life, Rah Swish’s brand of drill gets a lift from the emcee’s crackling energy, as he fills every space with wild ad-libs (“WOO”) and toe-tags each beat with merciless precision.

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