Born and raised in Morocco, he emigrated to the United States with his family when he was Kharbouch released his mixtape debut in , and had his first breakthrough with the single "Choppa Choppa Down" in He released his debut studio album Excuse My French on May 21,
A Moroccan-American rapper who built an indie empire with his Cocaine City imprint, French Montana rose from the New York underground in the s to emerge as a pop savvy hip-hop artist in the s. Starting with debut LP Excuse My French, he became known for his high-profile collaborations and a handful of chart hits including "Unforgettable" from his sophomore release, Jungle Rules. Born Karim Kharbouch in Morocco, he immigrated to the U. He set up shop in the Bronx and began releasing his Cocaine City series of DVDs in , mixing interviews with established hip-hop artists and unsigned talent. That same year he would be signed to Akon's Konvict Musik label, but in late it was announced that they had parted ways and that Montana was signing to both P. His single, "Pop That," would be the first release for the united labels, while saw the release of his debut album, Excuse My French. The mixtape included the hit single "Moses," featuring Chris Brown and Migos. A full LP -- MC4 -- was slated for the end of the year, but after the album was leaked by a retailer months before its official release, Montana scrapped the rollout entirely and issued it as a mixtape.
Kharbouch released his mixtape debut in , and had his first breakthrough with the single "Choppa Choppa Down" in He released his debut studio album Excuse My French on May 21, The album was supported by the single " Unforgettable ", featuring Swae Lee , which became Montana's first song as lead artist to reach the top 10 on the U. Billboard Hot
When you begin to sort through his vast amount of music, what you find is a goldmine, a rapper who experiments with new styles, who is open to different production, and most important of all, an underrated rapper. French Montana has battled criticism for most of his career. Chinx Drugz generally kept French grounded, on tracks where French would explore a new flow or test his vocal limits, Chinx would be there to keep that traditional New York sound in tact. Then, when French would begin to settle into the more reserved parts of his personality, Max B would bring the passion and natural competitiveness out of French making their collaborations some of the best. French, throughout his long career, has made a ton of great music and some of it has hardly gotten any exposure. The song mostly revolves around the chorus, as Chinx and N. If they ever remake Othello or some Shakespearean tragedy, please, somebody force them to play this during the final act. It was one of the tracks that helped to solidify French Montana as a star here to stay. The rapping is typical for French, but this is the track that set the blueprint for him and would set French on the path to stardom.