Karim Kharbouch, better known by his stage name French Montana was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Montana immigrated to New York City with his family at age 13. His parents, seeking greater opportunity than what they could find in their native land, settled in The Bronx. While fluent in French and Arabic, Montana spoke only a small bit of english, however; he quickly became acclimated to the Bronx culture, partly through his infatuation for hip-hop; an obsession which would later become his profession.
French Montana is the founder of Coke Boys Music, and its predecessor Cocaine City Records. In 2012, he signed a joint-venture recording deal with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. He is known for his past collaborations with producer Harry Fraud and with rapper Max B. In recent years he has worked closely with Rick Ross, Diddy and his MMG and Bad Boy labelmates along with his Coke Boys which include the late Chinx, Lil Durk, and his brother Zack. He has been influenced by rap legends such as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G, Nas, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan.
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