Stale Debut for French Montana


Luther Kuefner, Staff Writer

French Montana is not known for his lyricism. With that being said, his debut album, Excuse My French, is nothing out of the ordinary. The “Bad Boy Records” artist exercised his heavy swagger and ad-libbing on all of the tracks, but it couldn’t make up for the stale beat selection and, quite frankly, boring and predictable delivery.

The album opens with the thumping, reaffirming “Once In A While,” featuring incarcerated rapper Max B. I liked that Montana chose to give a nod to his frequent collaborator, who is currently serving a 75 year prison sentence  for murder conspiracy and robbery charges. The intro segues into the impressive posse cut, “Trap House,” featuring Rick Ross and a forgettable verse by Birdman. From there, the tracks only go downhill.

“Ain’t Worried ‘Bout Nothing” and “When I Want” don’t achieve the ground-breaking anthem about French’s lifestyle that I was looking for, unlike past material from his mixtapes. Surprisingly, the most disappointing track of the album was “[Expletive] What Happens Tonight,” featuring DJ Khaled, Movado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg, and Scarface. The previously used sample, a la Diplomat’s “I Really Mean It,” just seems like lazy sampling, and the track doesn’t do it justice. While each rapper seemed to take stabs at the beat, talking about swagger and women, Scarface takes the track and makes it his own, even though his lyrical content seemed out of place, maliciously spitting, “I want to smell his last breath took, and look him in the eyes and make for sure he knows how death looks.”

The guests were the generic, go-to features for any commercial rap album, including Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, and Ne-Yo. The best track, “We Go Where Ever We Want,” features a well-sung chorus from Ne-Yo and a cold verse from Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. However, these glimmers can’t save the project. Overall, the album had me wishing for the French Montana I heard on Coke Wave and Mac & Cheese 2. Although he isn’t the first rapper to disappoint on a debut album, I couldn’t help but be let down by the Coke Boy’s latest offering.