Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Belly”

February 18, 2016 5:00 PM

Carol Scott

Lifestyle/Freelance Writer

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Belly”

It’s always a good time to reflect on some of our favorite older movies and see what their casts have been up to. Belly, Hype Williams 1998 directorial debut, is a crime film with an ensemble cast. Although the film was widely derived for its lacking plot, the visuals turned the film into a hip-hop cult classic. Some of the stars are still relevant, while others have fallen off.

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Nas as Sincere

After his lead role in Belly, Nas returned to his rap career, recording acclaimed albums such as I Am…, Nastradamus, and Hip Hop is Dead. His last album Life is Good was released in 2012. He does make the occasional acting appearance, including roles in Sacred is the Flesh, Black Nativity, and Hawaii Five-0. 

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DMX as Tommy “Buns” Bundy

DMX launched a very successful acting career off of his already successful music career, starring in films like Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds. However, a string of arrests, legal issues, delinquent child support payments, and a dismissed bankruptcy claim seem to have ended the rapper’s career. 

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Taral Hicks as Keisha

Belly is generally considered to be Hicks’ peak as an actress, alongside her debut role in 1993’s A Bronx Tale alongside Robert De Niro. Her follow-up roles include guest appearances on 100 Centre Street and Soul Food: The Series and a string of independently released films. In 2011 she joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s Aunt Bam’s Place. She has also expressed interest in revitalizing her short-lived music career by releasing gospel music. 

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T-Boz as Tionne

TLC star T-Boz never got into acting after Belly, but her career didn’t end there. In addition to several successful albums with TLC, T-Boz began producing films, notably the 2006 film ATL (starring T.I.) and CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. She has appeared on several reality TV series, including The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Celebrity Apprentice, which included a famous moment when show host Donald Trump advises her to “Never volunteer for an execution” before firing her. 

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Tyrin Turner as Rico

Tyrin Turner as Big Head Rico
Turner signed to Rap-A-Lot Records shortly after the film and recorded with Geto Boys and Scarface; however, his own solo album never materialized. His film roles also dwindled, although he remained an actor until 2010 with his last film to date, Ghetto Stories: The Movie. He now writes sketch comedies for Jamie Foxx

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Method Man as Shameek (aka Mike Love)

Method Man enjoyed success in the early 2000s alongside fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Redman, as the two released successful albums, performed on successful tours, and co-starred in the film How High. He also released several solo albums to varying levels of success. His most recent effort The Meth Lab was released in 2015. As an actor, he has received critical acclaim for his roles in The Wire and Oz. He recently appeared in the comedy film Keanu.

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Hassan Johnson as Mark

Johnson joined Method Man on The Wire, portraying Wee-Bey, a role which garnered him much praise. He continues to act to this day, such as recent work on The Blacklist. He also lent his voice acting talents to the critically acclaimed video game Grand Theft Auto V.

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Louie Rankin as Ox

The Original Don Dada largely stepped away from movies after Belly and Shottas (2002), although he returned to film last year with Rainbow City. While his music career seems to have fallen to the wayside, he has come out of hiding to insult Jay-Z’s child Blue Ivy. 

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Oliver “Power” Grant as Knowledge

Grant continued to manage the Wu-Tang brand after his role. He also acted in various films such as Black and White and When Will I Be Loved, both directed by James Toback. In addition, he produced and released the cult classic video game Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style in 1999.

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Vita as Kionna

Vita has continued her rap career (at one point, she was signed to Ja Rule’s Murder Inc. Records) and regularly releases new material via her Twitter account @OfficialVITA.

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Dr. Ben Chavis as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed

Chavis got his start in social work through work as Martin Luther King Jr’s assistant and he continues to carry that legacy. He is currently serving as CEO of the National African American Leadership Summit and Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, as well as interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, an African-American organization which focuses on supporting and advocating for publishers of the nation's more than 200 black newspapers. In 2015, he helped organize the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March: Justice or Else to address issues of inequality and police brutality.


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