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New York-bred rapper French Montana is explaining the motivation behind choosing Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records over Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label. The Moroccan-born artist was embroiled in an alleged bidding war between the two labels, and told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, that his decision to go with Diddy over Chicago’s finest came down to Yeezy’s lack of availability.

“Kanye doesn’t have a phone,” he said. According to Montana, he met with Yeezy twice but things just didn’t pan out correctly. “If you need to get in contact with Kanye, you have to email him. You can’t tell me how to do that. I don’t know how to use an email, so I guess me and you is never gonna talk, and I’ma put my career in your hands? He’s definitely talented and I felt like if I went there, we would have definitely made history.”

On the flip side, Montana’s professional connection with Diddy appeared to be a better bet. Unlike his experience with West, Montana praised Diddy’s ability to deliver on his words. “When I met up with Puff, everything he promised me came through,” he said.

In lieu of a failed deal with Akon’s Konvict Music imprint, and legal red tape brought on by the incarceration of his friend Max B, roadblocks have done little to hinder French’s grind. The Cocaine City Records founder is known for consistently flooding the streets with new material, starting with his Cocaine City DVDs, which he began releasing in 2002, and dropping more than a dozen mixtapes since 2007.

Now that he’s got his label residency under control, the 27-year-old is working on his Bad Boy debut Pardon My French, which will be executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross, but has yet to reveal a release date for the project.

Listen to the full interview below.


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