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French Montana Talks Bad Boy Signing, Almost Linking With Kanye West


French Montana, the Moroccan-born, New York-raised rhyme slinger, believes he’s poised to make millions after signing a much hyped deal with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. After a botched deal with Akon’s Konvict Music imprint and the legal troubles of running partner Max B, the self-proclaimed “Mac With Da Cheese” has unwavering confidence in his ability to make a splash in the game.

French’s legendary grind is well documented. Slinging his popular Cocaine City DVDs on the New York streets (and beyond) since 2002, it took some time for the Coke Boys chieftain to get on, although he’s been connected with some of the heaviest hitters in the game. In a detailed and candid interview with HipHopDX, French displayed his allegiance to Diddy and Bad Boy, and also revealed Kanye West was set to sign him before he inked his deal last month.

“[Diddy] is a billionaire. Let me brush shoulders up with a billionaire. Let me make a quick 300-500 million. If you’re smart enough, you might make more than that. I don’t look at Puff as a rapper. I look at him as a brand. He’s gonna guide me in the right way, let me know where the money’s at,” said French of his working with Diddy. When pressed on the nature of he and Diddy’s working partnership, French replied, “I think me and Diddy got a different relationship, you know. I think me and him got a different relationship.”

French Montana also spoke briefly about nearly signing with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint just before his Bad Boy deal. “[H]e was trying to sign me. Every label was trying to sign me before I got with Puff. So that goes to tell you that I was really comfortable with what he had on the table for me.”

French Montana’s Bad Boy debut, Pardon My French, is currently in the works. He recently recorded a pair of mixtapes with down south mainstays Three 6 Mafia and a joint mixtape with Waka Flocka Flame.