Ashton Belle (born October 3, 1983) better known as Bellez, is an American hip hop recording artist from Pasadena, California. Born into a family where music permeates into the soul of its members representing, producers, sound engineers, musicians and his parents were music proprietors of a Sound Scan reporting music store, where he spent most of his life and had the privilege of meeting pioneering Rap artist such as the Jay Z, Wu tang Clan, MC Hammer, LLCool J , Mos Def, and Public enemy as his parents would host in-store promotions. It was through meeting these artist and listening to their music that A. Bellez started to develop his talent.
A.Bellez's parents divorced when he was 15 years old, his mother assumed the heavy lifting of continuing to raise Bellez, his two brothers and sister, because his father had relinquished involvement. This was the beginning of the unconventional approach to life for Bellez
At the age of 17 one of A. Bellez close friends who inspired and collaborated with his music,It was his friendship with producer Troy Johnson, son George Johnson from the famed musical group the Brothers Johnson, who opened the doors to recording at QD’s ( Quincy Jones son’s studio and Will Smith’s overbrook studios)
At the age of 19 Bellez signed his first independent record deal with a local street legend to be in a duo with a fellow artist. The group was called "Belle Rose" working with the likes of not yet famed artists such as TY$, Hit-Boy & Sevyn Streeter.
In 2006 TY$ introduced Bellez to a producer by the name of Sonny C. whose sound he took a particular interest in. "It was crazy cause when i first met Sonny he was very business orientated, he used to draw up contracts and sell his tracks to me with whatever cash i would make on the side. but once we developed that relationship our passion for the craft lead us to just work, free of charge.
Together they created with the help of a few other producers (TY$, Willie B., Siege Monstracity, Hit-Boy, Radio, and Jukebox) Catch Me If You Can the mixtape which would mark A. Bellez's second coming and solidify him as a solo artist.
A. Bellez personifies the burning phoenix that rises from his humble musical beginnings, With his Catch Me If You Can mixtape in hand he went city to city and invited visitors to listen to his music and to donate to his efforts.
A. Bellez & Sonny C. would then go on to create Creme De La Creme the album which would be released on all the digital platforms to futherestablished his international fan base as well as a host of industry connections.
“I have met people from all over the world who have supported my music and bought my mixed tape and chat with me on the internet and it has been from these connections I have developed a team of people who are interested in standing with me and contributing to my efforts and the formation of my company Hidden Hand.
The Hidden Hand Fraternity is group of people with their own unique talents, from around the world who decided to utilize their talents in the support of my music and to develop my brand. “What artist could ask for more, my international team is still growing. We are a fraternity. If, I succeed we all succeed and we will enjoy the ride together”
A. Bellez latest body of work Catch Me If You Can 2 is a reflection of all the hard work, sacrifice, and struggle it took to make it this far. "The devil worked his hardest to prevent me from giving this body of work to the people, I been through enough just in this past year to balance my Karma I'm sure. This album is my truth, my life, my story. I just ask the people listen and find the moral behind it" It appears there is nothing that will stop Bellez from making his mark; HISTORY.....
Photographer: Akili Shine
Musician: Ashton "A. Bellez" Belle