News: Even Behind Bars, Max B Shines W/ Help From French Montana

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 9:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana is showing love to incarcerated best friend Max B by featuring him on the introduction track to his upcoming Excuse My French album.

A full, detailed tracklisting of French's long-awaited debut effort has surfaced online showing guest features from Max, Diddy, Raekwon and more.

01. Once In a While (Feat. Max B) 02. Trap House (Feat. Birdman & Rick Ross) 03. Ain't Worried About Nothin 04. Paranoid (Feat. C.A.S.H.) 05. When I Want 06. F*ck What Happens Tonight (Feat. DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg & Scarface) 07. Gifted (Feat. The Weeknd) 08. Ballin Out (Feat. Jeremih & Diddy) 09. I Told Em 10. Pop That (Feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne) [Music Video] 11. Freaks (Feat. Nicki Minaj) [Music Video] 12. We Go Where Ever We Want (Feat. Ne-Yo & Raekwon) 13. Bust It Open 14. Drink Freely (Feat. Rico Love) 15. Throw It In the Bag (Feat. Chinx Drugz) 16. Marble Floors (Feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) 17. Ocho Cinco (Feat. MGK, Los, Red Cafe & Diddy) 18. If I Die (Excuse My French)

Back in January, Montana reflected on Max serving out a 75-year jail sentence on a murder conviction.

He remembers that his life could have ended up very differently. "My best friend (rapper Max B) is serving 75 years in prison," he says. "Only one of us made it. I think about all this when I make music, of all the sacrifices made. Nothing is just going to come to you, you have to make it happen." He also survived a gunshot wound to the head, a shooting that occurred en route to a Bronx studio. "I try not to bring that memory back. I'm glad I made it through that time, but, yeah, that experience was part of the album." (USA Today)

In late September, the former Dipset affiliate said he hoped to beat the system and win back his freedom.

"It's been a little minute since I hollered at the people, I'm here, I'm still functioning," Max said in an interview with Statik Selektah. "Everything's good. I'll be out soon. Y'all just hold on. It's taking a little longer than expected but I mean, you know, I'll be ready soon, just stick with me. I'm still dropping that wavy, PardonTheWave.com, one day at a time. The beginning of my joint got deferred, they denied me, but I'm about to go [back]. I've got another fight in me, I've got plenty more in me. I'll keep y'all posted, I don't really want to get into that but it is what it is. Like I say, one day at a time." (ShowOff Radio)

Recently, French revealed how many albums he hopes to sell in the first week.

"May 21st," French confirmed when asked about his album release date. "I'm trying to crack that big number when I drop. Man, I gotta crack at least 200 [thousand] or better. You never know though. You know what I'm saying? You never know though. It all comes down to the shipping. I don't care [what's come out in the past ten years]." (Sirius XM)

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