NoLay or No.Lay also known as Isabella Gotti is a South London female MC / rapper of Greek-Cypriot, Cuban & Caribbean descent.
She first officially landed on the UK urban scene as a member of a collective called “Unorthadox”. NoLay and her collective went on to release “No Help or Handouts”, which grabbed the attention of many major labels and from this NoLay went onto her first solo release “Unorthadox Daughter”. The track was included on Warner Bros imprint label 679 Recordings‘ Run The Road compilation showcasing UK grime and featuring Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano and others. The label also released a vinyl to record shops with just Plan B and Nolay on it to promote the release. Run The Road’s success led 679 to release a second volume on which Nolay features again with her track “Unorthodox Chick”.
NoLay has also opened for Mobb Deep and the Infamous Mobb. She has toured Europe with Australian electronic rock group “The Bumblebee Beez”. She featured on Tricky’s 2014 album Adrian Thaws along with touring in Europe with him.
Explaining her name NoLay explains: “It comes from the times when I was younger. It’s like you know referring to not procrastinating and wasting time. Just get to it and also take nothing lying down. Where I come from back then and even now people say No lay lay which means no hesitation. So one day a friend of mine from Peckham said I should call myself No lay.”
As of 2014 NoLay changed her name to Bella Gotti but decided to change her name back to stay true to her original fanbase. She explained in interviews that her alias is an alter ego similar to Eminem’s Mashall Mathers and Slim Shady or Jay Z’s Jigga and Jay Hova.