Karim Kharbouch (born November 9, 1984) better known by his stage name French Montana is an American rapper and singer of Moroccan and Somali descent. He is the founder of Cocaine City Records.
French Montana was born in Rabat, Morocco.French emigrated with his mother and little brother in 1996, when he was 13, to the Bronx in New York City.
His stage name is a conflation of French (from the French protectorate of Morocco) and Montana (from the fictitious Tony Montana in the 1983 movie Scarface).
Cocaine City Records
In 2002, French Montana created the Cocaine City DVD imprint as a means of showcasing his talent as an underground artist and a new voice from the New York streets. To gain a broader fan base, French incorporated interviews with major artists, as well as some up and comers. What started out as simply a medium for developing an audience quickly grew into one of the top-selling “street DVDs”.
The international success of the DVD series helped to propel French’s rap career to an entirely new level. By creating and producing Cocaine City, French Montana evolved from an aspiring rapper in the streets of the Bronx, to the newest rapper to sign with platinum-selling recording artist Akon’s record label, Konvict Music. By early 2009, French had flooded the streets with various mixtapes, including “Live from Africa”, “Laundry Man” with Evil Empire, and “In Demand” with DJ Lazy K. His frequent collaborations with Harlem-bred rapper Max B have also helped keep a steady buzz, and helped fuel the success of the duo’s latest project, the mixtape/DVD combo “Coke Wave.”
In 2009, French Montana signed a deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik record label, but left the label in 2011 due to album delays. He was subsequently reportedly close to signing a deal with Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group. There were also reports that he would join Kanye West’s GOOD Music label.
In December 2011, Montana signed a record deal with P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records.
TBA: Excuse My French
2011: Lock Out (with Waka Flocka Flame)
2007: French Revolution
2008: Live From Africa
2008: Coke Wave (with Max B)
2009: Coke Wave 2 (with Max B)
2009: The Laundry Man (Hosted by Evil Empire & Big Mike)
2009: Mac Wit Da Cheese (Hosted by Big Mike)
2009: The Laundry Man 2 (Hosted by Evil Empire)
2009: Cocaine Konvicts (Hosted by DJ Drama)
2010: Mac & Cheese 2 (Hosted by Evil Empire, Self & Big Mike)
2010: Coke Boys (with Coke Boys) (Hosted by DJ Diggz, DJ Drama & DJ Lust)
2011: Mr. 16: Casino Life (Hosted by DJ Holiday)
2011: Coke Boys 2 (with Coke Boys) (Hosted by Evil Empire)
2011: Coke Boys Run NY (with Chinx Drugz) (Hosted by Evil Empire)
2012: Cocaine Mafia (with Coke Boys & Three Six Mafia) (Hosted by Evil Empire)
Source = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Montana