The rapper known as French Montana was born Karim Kharbouch in Rabat, Morocco in 1984 and raised near Casablanca for the first decade of his life. As a young teenager, Montana moved to New York with his family, and for the first time in their lives they found themselves struggling financially to make ends meet. But French Montana had big dreams, and in 2002 he began creating his own mix tapes and establishing a local fan base.
Eventually, French Montana found himself with some of the most successful “street DVDs,” homespun expressions of art, and his work continued to grow for nearly a decade, until in 2011 he finally caught the attention of Bad Boy Records and signed with the label. Since that time, French Montana has released the albums Mac & Cheese 3 (2012) and Excuse My French (2013), featuring the songs “Shot Caller,” “Pop That” (alongside Li Wayne Drake), “Freaks” (featuring Nicki Minaj), and “Ain’t Worried About Nothin.” But French Montana’s presence in other collaborations has created an even larger body of work. To date, French has worked with such notable artists as Ace Hood, Akon, Lil Wayne, Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, Nelly, and Miley Cyrus, on such hits as “Stay Schemin,” “About That Life,” and “NBA.”
French Montana’s career is just getting started, but he continues to perform and record, collaborating with such notable producers as P. Diddy. Montana has plans for additional album releases and future projects for the very near future.
French Montana Song List
- “Ain’t Worried About Nothin'”
- “Shot Caller”
- “Pop That”