Karim Kharbouch (born November 9, 1984), known by his stage name French Montana, is an American rapper and singer born in Morocco. He is the founder and CEO of Cocaine City Records. In 2012, he signed a joint venture recording deal with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. Montana is known for his frequent collaborations with producer Harry Fraud and with rapper Max B before his conviction. More recently he is known for his collaborations with Rick Ross and MMG and Bad Boy label-mates along with his group Coke Boys which includes rappers Chinx, Lil Durk and Charlie Rock. His debut album Excuse My French was released on May 21, 2013.
French Montana was born Karim Kharbouch in 1984 in Rabat, Morocco, and was brought up at a family estate outside Casablanca where he lived for the first 13 years of his life. His parents are both Moroccan, though he has some Somali ancestry on his mother's side as well. Growing up, he was consumed with playing soccer and rapping, describing them as his two favorite childhood hobbies.
In 1996, at the age of 13, Kharbouch left Morocco with his mother, father Abdela and younger brother Zack for South Bronx in New York City. He learned English in the streets and in the Bronx high schools of Lehman and Roosevelt. His father returned to Casablanca after two years. His youngest brother, Ayoub, was born in America, after their father had departed. His mother was on welfare. The family income came from Karim...
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