Bad Boy Records’ French Montana is gearing up to drop a full body of work on fans’ head tops. The hip-hop stud is reportedly set to release a new studio album called Jungle Rules next month.
According to reports, Montana has his long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Excuse My French on deck.
French had previously teased this project last year as a mixtape but looks like it will now serve as a proper studio album via Epic Records. It will hit stores Friday, July 14th. The Coke Boys leader is expected to release his The Weeknd and Max B-featured song as the next single. HHNM has also learned that he’s got at least one song with Pharrell on the LP. (Hip Hop-N-More)
Last year, Montana put out his MC4 project for free-99 after it suffered a widespread leak.
The new LP features appearances by Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Kanye West. It includes previously shared songs “No Shopping” (with Drake), “Figure It Out” (with Kanye West and Nas) and “Lockjaw” (with Kodak Black). MC4 was originally intended to be released in October but was delayed due to “sample clearance issues and leaks.” It is the latest in French’s long-running Mac & Cheese series. The last installment, Mac & Cheese 3, arrived in 2012. (Pitchfork)
— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) November 5, 2016
In fall 2016, Montana explained why he had to ditch putting out MC4 as a studio album.
“Songs like “I’m Heated” and “Two Times” couldn’t be cleared. By the time I got the mix how I recorded it, it wasn’t the same. I just ain’t have the same feeling for it. Everybody had to replay shit, and do all this extra shit, so I wasn’t in the mood to put it together. All the music going to come out, you know what I’m saying, just packaged differently. Plus, the album got leaked.” (Complex)
Despite the heartbreaking decision, French promised to deliver a new album in the coming months.
“Yeah, I’m like 70 percent done,” Montana said referring to his upcoming untitled solo effort. “[I] just [want to] make sure it don’t get leaked. That’s why I don’t want to announce the name or nothing. I just want to wait until it’s done and just drop it. Make sure it don’t leak, make sure everything is cleared before I announce anything.” (Complex)