French Montana Net Worth
French Montana Net Worth: $6,000,000
Sources: Bad Boy Records, Maybach Music Group (MMG), Konvict Music, Cocaine City Records
French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, is a rapper with a net worth of $6 million. Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1984, French Montana went on to become Morocco’s biggest Hip-Hop export. He is best known for his 2012 single “Pop That,” which was released as a joint venture between Rock Ross‘ Maybach Music Group (MMG) and Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records.
After leaving Morocco in his teens, French Montana moved to the Bronx, where he began releasing a Hip-Hop DVD series called “Cocaine City.” These DVDs mixed interviews with established Hip-Hop stars and unsigned rappers with Montana’s own raps. Between 2002 and 2010, Montana released 14 of these DVDs. By 2010, “Cocaine City” had become one of the top selling street DVDs in America.
Around 2009, Montana also began to release his own mixtapes, which helped him to attract the attention of rapper and Konvict Music record label founder Akon. French Montana signed with Konvict in 2009, but left the label two years later due to delays in releasing his debut album.
By this time, French Montana had a number of other record labels interested in him, including Bad Boy, MMG, and Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. Torn between the choices, Montana ended up signing with both Bad Boy and MMG as part of a unique joint venture. As part of this deal, Rick Ross and Diddy were both named as producers for French Montana’s debut album. The first single from the album, “Pop That,” peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became French Montana’s ticket to stardom.
French Montana’s studio debut, “Excuse My French,” dropped on May 21, 2013, and featured a host of guest appearances from artists like Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Drake, Rick Ross, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, and Machine Gun Kelly, as well as an appearance by Montana’s long time friend and mentor Max B, who is currently serving a 75-year prison term for armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and murder.
Max B has been a frequent collaborator with Montana, and the two have become best friends. “Only one of us made it,” Montana told USA Today, referring to Max B’s prison sentence. “I think about all this when I make music,” he said, “of all the sacrifices made. Nothing is just going to come to you, you have to make it happen.” In honour of his best friend, French Montana released his debut album “Excuse My French” on Max B’s birthday – May 21 (in 2013).
Montana has also had his own brushes with the law, and which involved a near-death experience. Sometime between 2003 and 2004, Montana was shot in the head while exiting a recording studio in New York, in what he describes as a possible assassination attempt. Montana survived the incident, and soon after was involved in a murder trial in which he was found not guilty.
A decade later, Montana has built a solid net worth for himself, despite having only released one studio album. And with endorsements from hip-hop heavy hitters like Diddy, Rick Ross, and Kanye West, this young rapper from Morocco has now become one of the top names in rap.