French Montana is a Moroccan-born American hip-hop artist best known for songs such as “Pop That” and “Unforgettable”, which ranked third on the US Billboard Hot 100 list and sold over five million copies in the United States alone.
The Frenchman Montana was born in Rabat, Morocco, on November 9, 1984, the son of Karim Kharbouch, Khadija Guled and Abdela Kharbouch. For the first thirteen years of his life, Montana lived on his family’s estate near the city of Casablanca, where, as he says, he played a lot of football and listened to music most of the time.
In 1996 his family emigrated to the United States and settled in the South Bronx in New York City. He attended Lehman and Roosevelt High School, where he learned English both in school and on the streets, as he could only speak Arabic and French until then.
After struggling for two years to make a living beyond his ancestry, Montana’s father decided to return to Morocco. However, his mother insisted on staying back in the States with the children to give them a better chance. At that time she was pregnant with a third child. After her husband’s departure, young Montana became the breadwinner of the family, as she too was dependent on social welfare for financial support.
The Frenchman Montana, who was still a teenager at the time, began to create and sell a series of street DVDs called Cocaine City, which included interviews with established and emerging rappers, as well as a detailed breakdown of street music and hip-hop beef. He also began rapping the streets under the nickname Young French and used the DVDs as a means to showcase his talent to the public.
Cocaine City grew beyond expectations and became one of the best-selling street DVDs of the 2000s. Montana and his friends then went on to form Coke Boys Records. In 2007, he released his debut mixtape entitled French Revolution Vol. 1, on which he collaborated with artists such as Rick Ross, Tony Yayo, and Uncle Murda.
In 2008, he released a second mixtape entitled “Live From Africa” before releasing two mixtapes in collaboration with rapper Max B. By 2012 French Montana had gained a following that led him to be in the XXL Freshman Class of the Year and to a joint venture contract between P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group.
The Frenchman Montana was then on the hook for Ross’ “Stay Schemin” before he dropped “Pop That”, his first single from his debut album “Excuse My French”. The song, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross, became a summer anthem that climbed to number 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B and rap charts. His second single “Freaks featuring Nicki Minaj” and the third single “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” were well received by the fans, which led to the commercial success of the debut album.
Throughout this time Montana continued to release mixtapes, with his seventeenth mixtape being released in January 2014. To date, he has recorded a total of twenty mixtapes and two studio albums. The second album, Jungle Rules, was released in July 2017, and the first single is the hit Unforgettable with Swae Lee.
French Montana is a naturalized American citizen, but an ethnic Moroccan with possible ties to Somalia through his mother, who allegedly has one parent from there. In a general sense, Montana can also be called a black man, since he is ultimately from Africa.
French Montana’s Wife and Son
The Frenchman Montana was previously married to Deen Kharbouch. The couple married in 2007, but separated only five years later, in 2012, over allegations that Montana had abandoned his family for his work. They finalized their divorce in 2014.
Together, the couple has a son born in 2010 named Kruz Kharbouch.
Parents & Brother
As already mentioned, the parents of French Montana are Khadija Guled and Abdela Kharbouch. Since his late teenage years, Montana has only had the pleasure of his mother’s company, as his father decided to return to Morocco after he could not find his way around in the United States. The couple reunited, however, in 2012 when Montana flew home for the first time in 14 years.
Frenchman Montana has two brothers, Zack and Ayoub Kharbouch. Ayoub is currently completing his high school education, while Zack serves as president of Coke Boys Records.
Height, Weight, And Other Facts
Birth Name: Karim Kharbouch
Stage Name: French Montana
Date of Birth: November 9, 1984
Place of Birth: Rabat, Morocco
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Weight: 89 kg
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio