News: French Montana Turns Down Rick Ross & Kanye West Label Offers, "Why Would I Take My Talent To South Beach?"
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 11:33PM
New York rapper French Montana has turned down reported offers from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and others to join forces with hip-hop mogul Diddy's Bad Boy Records.
Diddy officially broke the news during a Thursday (December 8) taping of BET's weekday show "106 & Park."
"I represent New York for the fullest," Diddy said. "For real for real, can't nothing move in this city without us being a part of it. 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." ("106 & Park")
French also stressed a determination to make his new label home in New York.
"I really feel real good that's why I kept it here in New York," French explained. "Why would I take my talent to South Beach? When I met with Puff and sat down and really spoke, he told me a couple of things and [he] never lied to me about nothing and always kept his word. It is what it is. It's New York. I want to bring it back to New York." ("106 & Park")
In late November, reports claimed Montana quietly inked a deal with Bad Boy.
I've heard from a few sources that Diddy has managed to sign French Montana to Bad Boy records. I was skeptical at first but that was followed by Diddy being on the, "Shot Caller," remix. I also heard it may be a joint venture with Bad Boy Records and MMG. Would this be a good move for French? (Real Talk NY)
In mid-November, Frenchie hinted at possible label offers courtesy of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Diddy, Rick Ross and more.
"Shout out ot everybody who's been showing me love -- It's everybody. I didn't really make a decision yet. But shout out to everybody that's been showing me love. Shout out to Jay-Z, shout out to Kanye, definitely shout out to Puff, shout out to my brother Rick Ross, shout out to Sony, shout out to Def Jam, shout out to Interscope, shout out to everybody. I love everybody, man. I just want to make the right decision and keep the music coming. I'm just focused on the music." (DJ Absolut)
French Montana now joins a Bad Boy roster which includes R&B singer Cassie plus rappers Red Cafe and Machine Gun Kelly.
Check out a recent French Montana interview below: