By E. Parker
French Montana appeared the Rap Radar podcast to discuss signing with Diddy, his movie Respect the Shooter, and the advice from Jay Z he had to take to heart.
On “Episode 6” of the Rap Radar podcast, French pays a visit to hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller, who asked him about signing with Diddy after he went label shopping, taking meetings with Kanye west and others.
“When I sat with Puff and had a man-to-man conversation, he said. And being around him and seeing where I want to be a couple of years down the line, he definitely had the same kind of vibe I had growing as an entrepreneur. Not just rapping.”
He also said he received some sage advice from Jay Z while hanging out with Diddy.
“I bumped into him at Puff”s house after I dropped Excuse My French,” he explained. “He [Jay Z] said ‘You should have came out with ‘Ain’t Worried About Nothin” instead of ‘Freaks.’ I made that same mistake when I came out with ‘Sunshine.'”
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While “Freaks” was anchored by a guest verse from the then-bubbling Nicki Minaj, “(Always Be My) Sunshine” is the the overreaching single from Jay Z’s sophomore album, In My Lifetime Vol. 1, that featured rising female rapper Foxy Brown (and also Babyface).
Despite the hard-learned lesson, Montana said he appreciated the words. “Just knowing somebody of that caliber is watching you and giving advice…”
[LOL Moment: Check B.Dot’s spot-on Jay Z impersonation near the end with about 4:30 left on the clock]
French spoke highly of New York stalwarts Diddy and Jay Z, but he also talked about how he combats the shade that has fallen over the city since it lost its stronghold on rap.
“There hasn’t been a big moment since Dipset out of New York,” he said. “Dipset would have still been Dipset if they still would have never stopped putting music out. I feel like a lot of people would have never fell off if they kept putting music out without letting everything that was going on stop their grove.”
For French, that means the release of Mac & Cheese: The Album on October 30, along with a movie Respect the Shooter, he recently wrapped.
“That’s gonna be something that comes with the album,” he said, of the flick. “I just believe in visuals. I believe that someone can watch you on TV and never forget how you look. And they can listen to a thousand songs on radio and walk right by you on the street.”