Moroccan Born Rapper French Montana Releases Debut Album

Fresh: French Montana

Fresh: French Montana

After several street mixtapes and the building up of the hype over several years French Montana has now released his debut album, Excuse My French. Released on 21 May 2013, the Bad Boy and Maybach Music backed album features 18 star-studded tracks.

Born Karim Kharbouch in Rabat, Morocco, French was raised in his home country until the age of 13, he then moved to New York, US, with his Family.He seems to have now stepped up to claim his throne in the Big Apple. French brought together the Who-Is-Who of today’s rap game to grace his album. Featured are YMCMB/WTB giants Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Birdman, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood and Mavado, his MMG and Bad Boy mentors Rick Ross and Diddy, respectively just to name few.

Frankly with the kind of line up above, it is difficult for an artist to make the sort of music that they truly intend to make. The songs on Montana’s album are not truly representative of his 13 years in Africa. However credit does go to French for being true about his identity and unashamed of being the African immigrant that he is. Rather, he mentions it loudly in his songs and in interviews. Apart asserting that he was born and partially grew up in Morocco, he also admitted to having Somalian ancestry, during one radio interview.

New Sound: French Montana

Desert Man: French Montana

On Excuse My French, Montana followed the path of most notable rappers who on their debut albums, have attempted to bring attention to their albums by collaborating or fusing their major singles with attention grabbing reggae-dancehall artists,sounds and messages. One of his major singles, Freaks, which features Nicki Minaj, heavily samples a reggae-dancehall song Freaks by Lil Vicious and the Bam Bam riddim by Sly ‘N Robbie . The video for the song features heavy “whining” moves by scantily dressed girls, typical of Jamaican reggae-dancehall and electric moves by guys who can be seen seemingly groping the girls in all places. Also, Montana enlists the vocals of reggae-dancehall artist Mavado, on the track, F*ck What Happens Tonight. Mavado provides an overly gritty hook, which is supported by raps by Montana, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg (formerly Lion, formerly Dogg), and Scarface.

The earlier described Freaks song must have been a reawakening of Pop That which features Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne and sells the same “twerking” concept which is synonymous with ‘hip hop nowadays’. The other songs are about the same everyday rap industry stories, such as living lavish and blowing money, such as in the song Ballin Out, and selling drugs such as in the song Trap House. The Coke Boys record label CEO seems to represent his adopted home of New York and it’s cultures, more than he does Morocco.

The song that has come to our attention so far, which we feel is remotely African sounding is Ain’t Worried About Nothin. Although the video was shot in the streets of New York, featuring a ‘stuntin’ Diddy and an overweight but bossy Rick Ross, the song has an anthemic northern African chant, which is accompanied by a monotonous albeit fitting, ‘Haannn!’, Montana catchphrase.

Is French Montana’s decision to stay safe, with commercial hip hop, a better decision than to bring out his real African side?

Reports, however, say French Montana is holding down the No. 4 spot on iTunes overall and the No. 1 spot in the music retailer’s rap category.

Maybe French ain’t got to worry about nothing afterall, haannn!

You Can Download Your Copy of  the album on itunes here

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