French Montana has some pretty awesome friends. Not only does his debut album, Excuse My French, feature a who’s who of rap and R&B stars, none of his vocal contributors ever bothered to send the Bronx, New York, MC a bill for their services.
“The only person I paid was Max B. That’s about it,” French told “RapFix Live” on Wednesday of his longtime friend, who is featured on the album’s opening track and is currently serving 75 years in prison .
That means that Birdman, Rick Ross, Diddy, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Trey Songz, the Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Raekwon, Ne-Yo, Mavado, Ace Hood, Jerimih, Scarface, Machine Gun Kelly, Red Café, Los, Chinx Drugz and Young Cash all showed up for free on the 13-track (19, if you count all the various bonus songs) LP. Certain artists like Diddy, Ross and Wayne appear more than once.
There was one feature that French couldn’t clear, however, from his Interscope labelmate Lana Del Rey, so instead, he just called Ne-Yo and Raekwon and added “We Go Where Ever We Want” to the LP with no hard feelings.
Montana said it’s his relentless work ethic that leads his musical peers to want to help him out. “Honestly, Sway, I just feel like I’ve been blessed for everybody watching my grind,” he said. “They see that I grind for everything that I want, I make it happen, so I just feel like people love to help people who help they self, because we all gonna need each other in the end.”