In 2013, Moroccan-born French Montana turned nearly a decade’s-worth of street mixtapes in to a full-fledged rap career with the release of his debut solo album Excuse My French. Propelled by the success of singles like “Pop That (feat. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne)” and “Freaks (feat. Nicki Minaj),” the album landed at No. 1 on both the R&B and Rap Album charts, firmly establishing Montana as one of hip hop’s brightest up-and-comers. Born and raised in Morocco, Montana cites soccer and rapping as his childhood hobbies. At age 13 he moved to the Bronx with his family, immersing himself New York’s hip-hop culture and showcasing his talent as a rapper through a series of mixtapes. Between 2002-2010 he would release a whopping 14 mixtapes, attracting the attention of legendary producers Rick Ross and Diddy, who co-released his 2013 debut on their respective labels. On tour in 2013, French Montana has been treating ticket buyers to extended live concerts of his most popular tracks, often accompanied by labelmate and collaborator Chinx.