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Karim Kharbouch (born November 9, 1984) better known by his stage name French Montana, is an American rapper born in Morocco.He is the founder and CEO of Cocaine City Records. In 2012, he signed a joint venture recording deal with Maybach Music Group and Bad Boy Records. Montana is known for his frequent collaborations with Max B, and more recently with Rick Ross along with his group Coke Boys, which consists of rappers Chinx Drugz, Cheeze and Flip. His debut album Excuse My French is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2013. Contents 1 Early life 2 Music career 2.1 2002–2011: Cocaine City Records 2.2 2011–present: Bad Boy Records; Maybach Music Group; debut album 2.3 Influences 3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 References 6 External links Early life French Montana was born Karim Kharbouch in 1984 in Rabat, Morocco, where he lived for the first 13 years of his life. Growing up, he was consumed by playing football and rapping, describing them as his two favorite childhood hobbies. French is also often reported as being of partial Somali descent. Asked about the rumors during a phone-in interview with Nomad Radio, a UK-based Somali music station, he indicated that both of his parents were Moroccan but that he has Somali ancestry as well. In 1996, French emigrated with his parents and two younger brothers to the Bronx in New York City. Music career 2002–2011: Cocaine City Records In 2002, along with his friend, Cokeboy Los, French created a series of street-flavored mix tapes called 'Cocaine City' after drawing inspiration from the 'Smack' DVD series. Under the name Young French he used the DVDs as a means of showcasing his talent as an underground artist. To gain a broader fan base, French incorporated interviews with major artists, as well as some up and comers. The first edition in the series included Pee Wee Kirkland and Remy Ma alongside French himself among others. What started out as simply a medium for developing an audience quickly grew into one of the top-selling "street DVDs".The series ran for 8 years between 2002 and 2010, with a total of 14 editions being released. Between 2003 and 2004, French was shot in the head as he was exiting a recording studio in New York. He was rushed to the hospital after the incident and survived. Describing the shooting as a possible assassination attempt, the artist was subsequently involved in a murder trial in which he was eventually found not guilty. Rumors began to swirl that he had received settlement money from the case, which he then used to start his rap career. However, French later dismissed these claims as false in an interview. In 2009, French signed a deal with Akon's Konvict Muzik record label, but later left the company in 2011 due to album delays. Montana was subsequently reportedly close to signing a deal with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group (MMG). There were also reports that he would join Kanye West's GOOD Music label. 2011–present: Bad Boy Records; Maybach Music Group; debut album In December 2011, French signed a record deal with P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records[16] and Interscope Records. According to French, of the many major labels that were courting him, Maybach Music Group would have been his second choice had he not signed with Bad Boy. However, on January 2, 2012 while in the studio with Rick Ross, French announced that he had signed a joint venture deal with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. Rick Ross and Diddy are set to executive produce his debut album. French was featured on XXL's Freshman Class of 2012 alongside Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, Macklemore, Don Trip, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea, Roscoe Dash and Bad Boy label mate MGK. However, he later revealed to Sway Calloway on RapFix Live that he almost turned down the cover opportunity, feeling he "deserved it two years ago" and that he had surpassed the current crop of rap rookies. It was announced that French's debut album Excuse My French would be released on May 21, 2013. His mixtape Mac & Cheese 3 was released on November 19, 2012. French also plans to release a mixtape titled Medusa with fellow rapper Future.The second single is "Freaks", which features Nicki Minaj. He was featured in Issue #82 of The FADER and appeared on the cover. Influences [edit] According to French, the rappers Tupac Shakur, Nas, Snoop Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, and the Wu-Tang Clan were among the hip hop artists that he listened to while growing up. He also considers himself a general music lover, and is an admirer of the work of singers Amy Winehouse and Adele. Personal life French is Muslim (Sunni), having been raised in Morocco under the Maliki madhab, or school of thought. In an interview for Vlad TV which took place on the first day of the Islamic Holy Month Ramadan, French revealed that he participates in fasting during the month. He also speaks several languages, including English, Arabic and French. In 2007, French married Deen Kharbouch. The couple later separated. He cites being a father as one of his driving inspirations. French also describes himself as passionate about fashion, investing in designer wear from Versace, Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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