French Montana (born Karim Kharbouch, November 9, 1984) is an American rapper and singer from South Bronx, New York. He is the founder and CEO of Cocaine City Records, and in 2012, signed a joint venture recording deal with Maybach Music Group and Bad Boy Records. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Max B, Rick Ross and with his group Coke Boys.
In 2002, along with his friend Camz he created a series of street-flavored DVD documentaries called “Cocaine City” after drawing inspiration from the “'Smack” DVD series. Under the name Young French he incorporated interviews with major artists, as well as up and comers. The first edition in the series included Pee Wee Kirkland and Remy Ma alongside Montana and others. The series ran between 2002 and 2010, with a total of 14 editions being released.
In 2009, Montana signed a deal with Akon's Konvict Muzik record label, but later left the label in 2011 due to album delays. In December 2011, Montana signed a record deal with P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records and Interscope Records. However in January 2012 while in the studio with Rick Ross Montana announced that he had signed a joint venture deal with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group with Rick Ross and Diddy set to executive produce his debut album. His debut album, “Excuse My French,” was released in July 2012.