Sunday, August 12, 2018

FRENCH MONTANA On 2018 BILLBOARD HOT 100 FESTIVAL ISSUE For BILLBOARD MAG!!!


MOROCCO-born BRONX, NYC-bred DJ-Producer FRENCH MONTANA is a brand-spankin' new UNITED STATES CITIZEN, and, he is the cover story for the 2018 BILLBOARD HOT 100 FESTI\VAL Issue of BILLBOARD Magazine!!!



Here are a few interview interludes:

On his father's plan to bring his family to New York, surviving the language barrier, and how he became FRENCH MONTANA:
“My father got in trouble, and they gave him visas to bring me here, He couldn't handle it and he went back; my mother had to stay here with us and get on welfare. It was a choice -- she sacrificed for us. And it worked, by mistake. I became the biggest artist out of my country by mistake"
Arriving in the South Bronx in 1996, French spoke no English.
“The language barrier was, like, the most disrespectful thing you could ever step into. If you walk into somewhere and you can’t speak English, everybody looking at you, laughing at you and making jokes. I didn't know what the f**k they was talking about. But you could tell.” 
Noticing his accent, the guys on his block started calling him “Bonjour,” which eventually became “French.” Montana came later, after Tony from Scarface, naturally: 
“Everybody knew I was the No. 1 hustler.”
One lesson that he has learned from SEAN DIDDY COMBS:
“One thing I learned from him is that you don’t have to rap. As in, you retire in your 40s and invest elsewhere? “It’s not that -- Puffy still raps. But when it becomes a business, that can take away from the love of music. Some people have to tour because they got bills. You got to become that person who can take five years off and come back because you love it. I come from the mixtape era -- we just dropped sh*t. ’m going to make sure this one gets the respect it deserves."
On as a new American citizen, how he feels about social injustices in his new homeland:
 “Honestly, this country is built by immigrants. So I never feel like that anymore."
He thinks back to that time, imagining if his mother had returned to Morocco with his dad. 
“Who knows where I’d be right now? I'd be in Morocco, selling corn, cameras. In some countries there’s more opportunity -- but I feel like that’s only limited by how many chances you want to take.”

-CCG











French Montana photographed on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles. 





French was sworn in as a U.S. citizen earlier in 2018.






French Montana photographed on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles. 




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