French Montana, born Karim Kharbouch on November 9, 1984 is originally from Morocco. French Montana left Morocco to come to the Bronx at the age of 13.
French made a name for him self early in 2002 with his DVD series titled ‘Cocaine City’ when the street DVD era was heavily influential to Rap culture. The ‘Cocaine City’ DVD series provided fans with the raw and uncut side of up-and-coming rappers and even those who were established like; 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Max B & Young Jeezy, just to name a few.
Not only did he establish himself as one of the kings of the street DVD circuit, Montana used it as his platform to get himself into the music industry as a rapper. With creating his own record label in ‘Cocaine City Records’ which later became and is now ‘Coke Boys’, he went onto to make his name buzz throughout the mixtape scene with series like, ‘Coke Boys’, ‘Mac & Cheese’ and ‘Coke Wave’ with long time collaborator and friend Max B.
It was then in 2011 when the single ‘Shot Caller’ released and caught the streets of New York City by storm. That’s when record labels started to pay attention and give French the attention he was working hard to obtain. After a bidding war from many labels from the likes of G.O.O.D Music, Def Jam, and even Warner Bros., it was then decided he would sign with Puff Daddy and his Bad Boy Records who lie under the Interscope family.
Having relations with Rick Ross still, it was then reported he signed a joint venture with Maybach Music Group as well.
French Montana signed with Bad Boy Records in 2011 but it wasn’t until May 21, 2013 where he released his long awaited and highly anticipated debut album ‘Excuse My French’. The album was executive produced by Puff Daddy (Bad Boy), Rick Ross (Maybach Music Group) and Harve Pierre serving as co-executive (Interscope).
His sophomore album, ‘Mac & Cheese: The Album’ is slated to drop in 2015 and to hold fans off until then he released his latest mixtape, ‘Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer’ with producer Harry Fraud.