“A lot of people like to downgrade Morocco and Africa like its all jungles and lions and sh*t. The actual truth is a lot of stuff is going on out there.”
“You ain't Pac, you ain't Fif', you ain't Jay-Z, You ain't Yay', you ain't French, you ain't wavy.”
French Montana (born Karim Kharbouch in Morocco on November 9, 1984) is a rapper and CEO of Cocaine City Records. He currently has record deals with both Maybach Music Group and Bad Boy Records and has a group of rappers called Coke Boys. His first album will be titled Excuse My French and is set to release in May 2013. He lists Tupac Shakur, B.I.G, the Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg as some of his biggest influences, along with 50 Cent who he also feuded with in 2012.
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French Montana has done many collaborations with rappers like Max B and Rick Ross. He also recently was associated with nine-year-old rapper Lil Poopy, although he denies being involved with him.
French grew up in Morocco until he was 13, where he enjoyed football and rapping. He has claimed that he has some Somali ancestry. He moved to the Bronx with his parents and two brothers in 1996. He revealed in an interview that he has been shot once in New York. He married Deen Kharbouch in 2007, but the two have since split. There have been rumors he is dating Miami rapper Trina.