27 Jul French Montana Covers XXL
Welcome to French Montana’s jungle. This isn’t the lush, green, uncultivated land you’re thinking though. In French’s world, the Moroccan-born, Bronx-bred rapper maneuvers through a concrete jungle, swinging through the streets and climbing up the ranks of the music industry to become king. Every so often, snakes slither onto his path, attempting to poison his journey to self-discovery, but French truly believes that nothing can stand in his way.
That’s the 31-year-old rhymer’s state of mind moving into his sophomore album, MC4
. He’s unstoppable. French, born Karim Kharbouch, has a narrow focus when it comes to the follow-up to his 2013 debut LP, Excuse My French
. He’s not worried about the sophomore slump, especially after tracks like “Pop That” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’” and the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Freaks” helped Excuse My French
earn a No. 4 position on the Billboard
200 in its first week of release.
For three years, the Coke Boys founder and leader has gone without dropping an album but that doesn’t mean he’s been idle. French has kept the momentum moving by continuously feeding the streets with mixtapes. From Coke Boys 4, Mac & Cheese 4: The Appetizer
with Harry Fraud, Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend, Coke Zoo
with Fetty Wap to Wave Gods
, and collaborating with everyone from Jennifer Lopez (“I Luh Ya Papi”) to Jay Z (“They Don’t Love You No More”) to Fat Joe (“All the Way Up”). While most rappers fall in line with the cycle of yearly album releases, French held out until the timing was right after leaving Interscope Records for Epic Records this year, along with the rest of the Bad Boy Entertainment camp. French actually signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy in 2011.