French Montana – “Don’t Panic” (video) Aug14

French Montana – “Don’t Panic” (video)...

When I create these writeups, I try not to get too deep. I’m not a journalist or an industry dude. I’m just writing to write. When I source an article, I usually have a lot of choices because everyone is just copying off each other like a Marketing class full of Pakistanis. So when I notice that white women’s gossip rag, Us Magazine, is writing about the latest French Montana video, I know my Moroccan brother has slipped his dick into the big time. The whole article is written with trepidation and false juxtapositions. Doesn’t the author remember that Khloe Kardashian was dating a crackhead ballplayer before French Montana. “Bound 2” … part two? Why because it’s a Kardashian appearing in a rap video? Come on Rachel McRady. You’re better than…. hahaha no, she ain’t. She’s a Millennial gossip rag writer who went to James Madison. Isn’t that an East Coast safety school? Anyways. It’s just another rap video rehashing a movie for their video motif. At least the track is hype. (MTV / Us...

French Montana – “Don’t Panic” (prod. by DJ Mustard) Aug11

French Montana – “Don’t Panic” (prod. by DJ Mustard)...

For a lead street single for his Mac & Cheese 4 mixtape/album, French Montana is throwing the gauntlet down. Maybe DJ Mustard constructed the piano melody in seconds, maybe he slaved over the melody for days. Either way French over some production with pace makes him sound hungrier. That’s a good thing. He’s got a famous girl. He’s got some momentum. Now he just needs a follow-up track to go over the top and prove Excuse My French wasn’t a fluke. edit: “Don’t Panic” is not out on iTunes. (link)...

DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and French Montana – “They Don’t Love You No More” [tags] Apr29

DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and French Montana – “They Don’t Love You No More” [tags]...

I keep listening DJ Khaled’s newest posse cut looking for redeeming qualities. Meek Mill comes out of the gate with ferocity. Rick Ross delivers a nice bridge verse well within his range. French Montana is once again relegated to hook-singing and hype-manning. DJ Khaled talks at the end of the record to qualify for royalty checks. And Jay Z somehow finds himself in the studio ready for battle. I mean that was Jiggaman’s goal when he compared some “soft” unnamed rapper to a lacrosse team. Or maybe he had so much to say, you can excuse Jay for flying way off beat on the opening bars of his verse. It doesn’t matter. Mike Zombie delivers a lazy production job taking the “Started From The Bottom” beat, substituting church bells for keyboard lullaby, and adding strategic gunshots. Keep riding that horse into the ground. Overall, this DJ Khaled track is sloppy as fuck. You can’t dance to it. It doesn’t feel like elevating jeep music. It’s just another rap dirge put upon listeners to reinforce our hate against haters....

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and French Montana/Too $hort – “Loyal” Mar12

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and French Montana/Too $hort – “Loyal”...

“Loyal” is the 4th(!) single by Chris Brown from his oft-delayed sixth album, X. Two versions got sent around to all the North American Black pop…errrr rhythmic contemporary radio stations. Both tracks have Breezy (natch) and frequent collaborator Weezy, but the East Coast version is saddled with a double-recycled verse from French Montana while the West Coast version has an invigorated Too $hort spitting hot fyah. On first listen the pangs of listening to Wayne’s boilerplate wordplay and the robotic bounce turned me off. However, Chris can still sing better than most. And who doesn’t like a song about unfaithful bitches. Soon enough I’m humming the chorus. I do not recommend listening to the East Coast version when French Montana starts reciting Biggie’s verses I strongly recommend listening to the West Coast version because it gets better from Wayne to Chris to...

Rick Ross feat. Diddy and French Montana – “Nobody” Feb19

Rick Ross feat. Diddy and French Montana – “Nobody”...

Rozay leaks another street single from his Mastermind LP. He smartly relegates Shock G 2.0 to hook duty and Mr. Combs to recorded motivation speech duty. Nice track. Officer Ricky sounds more like Biggie than...