With Excuse My French now in stores nationwide, SOHH recently spoke to Bad Boy’s French Montana to find out just how passionate he is about his music.
In French’s opinion, he puts his complete all into the tunes he pens.
“I been shot in the process, I had a lot of altercations, I just been acting like I’m so high that I’m going to die,” Montana told SOHH. “You ever get so high you start praying? I just feel like if you don’t sacrifice nothing for something you love, if you don’t have nothing to lose for somebody you love, then you don’t really, some people go through altercations with it and they just be like, ‘Man, I can’t do this sh*t, I’m scared.’ Then you got some people that are like, ‘I don’t care. I’m willing to die for this sh*t.’ That’s how I am.” (SOHH)
Earlier this year, Montana revealed how he survived a gunshot wound to the head.
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)
He recently downplayed the importance of first-week album sales.
“Um, honestly, I really believe it’s not what you sell, but where you end up at. I feel like it doesn’t matter how much I sell; I know what kind of product I have. It’s going to be legendary. I know it’s going to last forever. I know once people hear it, people will be like, “Damn. This is really it.” Look at Akon. He sold 17,000 first week; he ended up selling five million copies. Look at Shaggy. He sold 10,000 and ended up at 10 million.” (Ask Men)
Based on last week’s one-day estimates, Excuse My French should easily find a home on the sales chart tomorrow.
YOUR ONE-DAYS: Put on your helmets, people; it’s time to check out this week’s key debuts: Daft Punk (Columbia) 300-325k The National (4AD) 70-75k Thirty Seconds To Mars (Virgin) 60-65k Darius Rucker (Capitol Nashville) 60-65k French Montana (Bad Boy/Interscope) 45-50k Oh, and the UMPG staff would like to remind you not to light your fatty with your helmet on, unless you want to get, like, wicked baked. (5/22p) (HITS Daily Double)
Check out French Montana’s interview: