It’s been a rough couple of days on the road for French Montana, but on Monday night the Bad Boy returned home.
Monday night’s New York City show had none of the drama that marked his last show in Philadelphia on Thursday night, where one man was killed in a drive-by shooting not far from French’s tour bus. Montana made no mention of the incident when he took the stage at SOB’s at about 11 p.m., but rather let his hits speak for him. (He had already issued a statement about the incident on Friday.) There was also no mention of MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game VIII debate, where Montana narrowly missed the #10 spot to his buddy Meek Mill.
To start, Montana and a few dozen of his handlers took the stage to the tune of Big Sean’s mixtape favorite “Mula,” a Young Chop-produced banger that French is featured on. The track was punctuated by a live drummer, who couldn’t be seen onstage, but played in time with the DJ who cued by the rapper’s tracks one by one.
French has made a name, not just for his underground mixtape material, but also for his radio-ready high-powered collaborations. And for his homecoming, the head Coke Boy brought out a number of guests including DJ Khaled, Wyclef, Uncle Murda, Yo Gotti, Chinx Drugz and Trina, whom French is rumored to be dating.
There were no outward signs of affection, but he and the Miami rap queen united to perform their Mac & Cheese 3 duet “Tic Toc.” To cap off his all-star parade French brought out Busta Rhymes, who saluted Montana for repping for New York and dropping his debut LP Excuse My French on May 21, the day the Notorious B.I.G. would have turned 41. “There ain’t never been a n—a from New York, whoever dropped an album on B.I.G.’s birthday,” Busta said before launching into his verse from Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.”
Montana made way for plenty of his own hits, closing the night with a medley of pre-Bad Boy crowd pleasers like “New York Minute,” “Straight Cash,” “Move That Cane” and “Choppa Choppa Down.” Of course there were newer hits like “Shot Caller,” “Pop That,” “Ocho Cinco” and the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Freaks” (without Nicki).
As the crowd filed out to the tunes of Montana’s imprisoned partner-in-rhyme Max B, it was clear that on this night there would be no drama for French, just some serious hometown love.