Much about Bronx, NY rapper French Montana's (real name Karim Kharbouch) public persona is a mystery. For example many fans of his music were unaware that he was born in Morocco, Africa, and moved to New York City as a teenager. To some fans it would appear that French Montana came from obscurity and rose to fame within the blink of an eye, but that's simply not true. French Montana broke into the music industry over 10 years ago, independently producing a series of street DVDs called Cocaine City (closely modeled after the pioneering Smack DVDs) which exposed underground rap talent in NYC with music videos and artist interviews. He slowly began releasing his own music on the DVDs and began releasing a slew of mixtapes. A close friendship and musical collaboration with imprisoned Harlem rapper Max B also helped him climb to the forefront of a myriad of NY rappers. Fast forward 10 years and Frenchie is nearly a household name. He's got a top 10 single with "Pop That" a recording contract with Bad Boy Records, a close business relationship with Rick Ross and MMG and a solo project due in the fourth quarter of this year (Excuse my French).
|French posing with his wife Deen Kharbouch|
What many fans didn't know about Frenchie is that he's been married for six years and has a small son! Why fans did not know that Frenchie was a family man is because he evidently prefers to keep his personal life completely separate from his public persona. Unfortunately for French, his wife took to social networking site Twitter to air her grievances about the divorce and what she calls an abandonment (for more on that side of the story click here: http://theybf.com/2012/09/10/french-montanas-wife-claims-he-abandoned-her-and-their-son-after-he-became-famous
Last week, Montana stopped by MTV's headquarters and sat down with Sway of Rap Fix Live to discuss his music, movement (The Cokeboys) his rise to fame and how that's changed him as well as the people around him. We definitely wish Frenchie and his former wife the best and hope for a quick and amicable resolution for the child. Watch the interview below, courtesy of MTV.