Moroccan-American rapper Karim Kharbouch, better known by his stage name French Montana has released his new song, “Yes I Do.”
Born and raised in Morocco, French Montana emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13.
French Montana began his career as a battle rapper in his teens under the name Young French. In 2002, French and close friend Cams created a series of street DVDs called Cocaine City, drawing inspiration from the Smack DVD series popular at the time.
French Montana released his debut mixtape in 2007 and had his first breakthrough with the single “Choppa Choppa Down” in 2010. He released his debut studio album Excuse My French on May 21, 2013.
Having received offers from several labels, including Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Kanye’s GOOD Music; on December 6 on BET, French Montana publicly announced signing with Bad Boy Records, an imprint of Interscope Records.
French Montana revealed in an interview with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio show that the first and second single from his upcoming project is ready to be released.
French Montana also announced a collaborative track with Chance the Rapper and Quavo, produced by Ben Billions, a collaboration with Swae Lee that is “just like ‘Unforgettable'”, as well as a song called “No Stylist”. On July 14, 2017, Montana released Jungle Rules as his second album.
French Montana describes Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Snoop Dogg, and Wu-Tang Clan among the hip hop artists he listened to growing up.
French Montana considers himself a music lover in general, and admires the work of English soul/R&B singers Adele and Amy Winehouse, the English rock band Florence + the Machine, and American singer Lana Del Rey, several of whom he has sampled in his music.