French Montana

Karim Kharbouch, popularly known as French Montana, was born on November 9, 1984, and is a Moroccan-American rapper. He founded Cocaine Boys Records, as well as its predecessor, Cocaine City Records. In 2012, he signed a joint-venture record deal with Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records and Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group after years of independent output. Kharbouch released his first mixtape in 2007, and his first single, ‘Choppa Choppa Down,’ was released in 2010. On May 21, 2013, he released his debut studio album, “Excuse My French.” We are quite excited about his special day.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Karim Kharbouch

Nickname:

French Montana

Birth date:

November 9, 1984

Age:

38

Zodiac Sign:

Scorpio

Height:

6' 3"

Relationship Status:

Divorced

Net Worth:

$22 million

Karim's Social Media:

Background

Karim Kharbouch was born in Rabat, Morocco, on November 9, 1984. He was always a big fan of soccer and rap music when he was a child. In 1996, he moved to New York City with his parents and younger brother Zack. Soon after, his father abandoned the family and returned to Morocco. His mother was forced to rely on welfare to sustain herself and her children.

He began his career as a combat rapper while still a teenager in 2002. He co-created a series of street D.V.D.s called “Cocaine City” with a close buddy, which featured interviews with prominent rappers and new and upcoming ones. He also utilized D.V.D.s to showcase his musical talent. He ran the series for eight years with the assistance of other childhood friends. In 2007, he released his first mixtape, “French Revolution.” The following year, he dropped his second mixtape, “Live from Africa.” The same year, he partnered with rapper Max B on the mixtape “Coke Wave.” It came out in February 2009. Over the next few months, he worked on and released numerous more mixtapes. In September 2010, he released his tenth mixtape, “Coke Boys.” The song ‘Choppa Choppa Down’ became a club and radio success. He collaborated with Rick Ross on his album “Self Made Vol. 1.” He also collaborated with various rappers during his career.

He released the song ‘Pop That’ in June 2012, which was meant to be the first single off his debut studio album “Excuse My French.” It featured cameo appearances by Drake and Lil Wayne, as well as his fellow rapper Rick Ross. It reached number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. On May 21, 2013, his debut studio album “Excuse My French” was released. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. It also sold 56,000 copies in its first week of release, making it one of his most successful works. On July 14, 2017, his second studio album, “Jungle Rules,” was released. In 2007, he married Deen Kharbouch and they had a child together. The pair split up and divorced in 2014. He was shot in the head as he was leaving a recording studio in 2003. He survived, although it took him several weeks to recover. His convoy was the alleged target of a drive-by shooting in Philadelphia in 2013. One bystander was killed and another was injured in the event.

Career timeline

2007
His First Mixtape Debuts

He releases his first mixtape, "French Revolution," which is followed by his second mixtape, "Live from Africa."

2010
His Breakthrough

His breakthrough song 'Choppa Choppa Down' becomes a club and radio success.

2011
His Debut Television Appearance

He features as himself in “Ridiculousness,” an American comedy clip show.

2012
He Signs a Record Deal

Having received offers from other labels, he signs with Bad Boy Records, an imprint of Interscope Records.

2013
A BET Hip Hop Awards Winner

His single ‘Pop That,’ wins ‘Best Club Banger.’

2017
A Grammy Award Nominee

He is nominated for ‘Best Rap Performance’ for ‘All the Way Up’ (with Fat Joe & Remy Ma, and Infared).

Why We Love French Montana

  1. He’s one of Morocco's biggest stars

    Aside from hitmaker RedOne and DJ A-Trak, Kharbouch is undoubtedly one of the most well-known Moroccan musicians who have made it big in America. The 'Pop That' rapper intends to gather some of his famous friends, including fellow Moroccan A-Trak, and perform a special hometown concert for the Moroccan people one day.

  2. He loves animals

    The rapper allegedly purchased two Bengal tigers while filming the video for his track, 'Gifted.' In the video, he was accompanied by two endangered creatures. He even shot a photo with some young tigers in the video and said they're currently his house, but we believe he's joking.

  3. He is patient

    He built his fame over a decade with his popular "Cocaine City" D.V.D.s. He had to wait even longer to sign with Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment. However, he discovered that patience is a virtue. “To make that transition from the streets to the music business, you have to learn that the streets are not like the music business," he told "Complex" in 2012.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He’s good friends with Trina

    He’s very good friends with rapper Katrina Laverne Taylor, and they were rumored to be dating.

  2. He reunited with his father in 2012

    He traveled to Morocco to reunite with his long-lost father since they had not met since he was 13 years old.

  3. He doesn’t like a 9-5

    His first and only job was at a car wash that lasted only three days!

  4. He is a Muslim

    He is a Muslim and can speak Arabic.

  5. He is of Somalian descendant

    French is also frequently reported to be of Somali descent.

French Montana FAQs

What type of music does French Montana make?

His music genre is hip-hop/rap.

What languages does French Montana speak?

He speaks English, Arabic, and French.

Did Khloe Kardashian date French Montana?

They dated on and off in 2013 and 2014.

French Montana’s birthday dates

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