French Montana isn't into holding back. On Friday, the Bad Boy MC released his Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend mixtape, a 14-track project meant to hold fans over before his Mac & Cheese hits this summer.
"I just felt like I had so much music for my album, I got like a hundred-and-something songs, I didn't want to keep holding and be selfish to my fans," French told MTV News on Friday, right before he hopped on a flight to his native Morocco.
One of those songs, "I Ain't Gonna Lie," features Lil Wayne and French rapping over a reworked version of the beat for Diddy and Black Rob's 1997 rap favorite "I Love You Baby." On it, an energetic Weezy rattles off lyrics about his lust for the ladies and shady street ties. "We been hustling since 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out' my n---a," he brags.
To French, Wayne is one of the best rappers around and he's lucky to have him as a friend and frequent collaborator. "Hands down Lil Wayne is one of the biggest artists of our generation, if not top three," he said.
The pair have linked up a few times before on Montana's 2012 platinum single "Pop That" and also on "Marble Floors." They also have an unreleased track with Justin Bieber, slated to go on Wayne's oft-delayed Tha Carter V.
"I remember I was in the studio and I came by and we were doing a song with Justin Bieber for Carter V," French told us nonchalantly (because that's the type of news you drop nonchalantly), "so after we did that song I just played him the beat [for 'I Ain't Gonna Lie'] and I already had the hook on there."
Tha Carter V was slated to be released last year, but in December Wayne jumped on Twitter and accused his label of refusing to release the LP and has since filed a $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money Records. The album is now in limbo.
Despite Wayne's label drama, French vouches for his friend 100%. "Wayne is always there when you need him, every time I needed Wayne," he said. "He been on all my big records from 'Pop That' to 'Marble Floors.' Wayne always comes through."