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SHOT CALLER: French Montana Talks Signing With Bad Boy, His Relationship With Ross & More

After months of speculation, rapper French Montana, in a joint appearance with Diddy on BET’s 106 & Park, finally put the rumors to bed and announced he has officially signed with Bad Boy Records.

“For real, can’t nothing move in this city without us being a part of it,” Diddy told the 106 & Park audience. “We the Yankees of this whole thing! It’s time for us to get what we supposed to get. French got them pinstripes on and he ready to hit it out the park.”

In an interview with Billboard.com’s The Juice, French Montana explains why he took the deal with Diddy, who has a reputation for exploiting his artists.

“This game is nothing but smoke and mirrors. Believe nothing you hear and everything you see. When I took my deal, I knew how I was going to work it and pay it back. I didn’t take it like it was quick come up. I think a lot of people look at it like that but it’s not; you owe that. There’s nobody giving it to you for free. The bonus is the only thing you don’t pay back. Everything else is recouped.”

The Bronx native was in the middle of a bidding war between labels like Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music, Jay’s Roc Nation, and Ross’ Maybach Music. While MMG may have seemed like a sure thing to the fans at the time, French said, “The deal [with Diddy] just felt right and it felt like it was the right thing to do” and there’s no love lost between him and Ross. 

“I love MMG. If I wasn’t going with Bad Boy, I definitely would have gone with MMG. That’s why I had to make Ross executive producer on my album. Me and him  got the same vibe. He’s definitely been involved with everything I’ve been doing, giving me some good advice, and helping me out. You always need a mentor.”

As for when we can expect his debut album, French said “definitely next year.” Until then, he plans on continuing to release mixtapes. 

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