French Montana has a short list of worries. After going cold-turkey on the party life (alcohol, drugs and sex) for Ramadan, Mr. Hannn is refreshed with a new album on the horizon and a headline-grabbing romance with reality star Khloe Kardashian.
In a new interview for Billboard, a slimmer Montana splashes into the pool while doting on his new LP, which will include his Coke Boys artists Chinx and Velous, as well as Miguel for a ladies’ anthem, called “Explicit.”
Of course, hammering away at his sophomore effort Mac & Cheese means learning from his past mistakes circa his 2013 debut Excuse My French, particularly his Nicki Minaj-assisted single “Freaks.”
“When you go to the club and every record they’re playing is yours, you try to go left, and I made that mistake,” he said. “Jay Z told me he once made that same mistake too. Your first album you never know what’s going on with the business and labels. The second one you’re like, ‘F— this.’ You get the ball in your own court.”
This go-round, French’s playing by his own rules, especially with a spike in media attention thanks to his current relationship. “I want to capitalize on it,” says Montana. “I’ll get a fan base from everywhere. I just hope I’ll be able to connect with everything that’s going on.” (Sidebar: Khloe weighed in on Twitter.)
While he says Khloe has given feedback to his songs, French assures that he’ll lay his life out in the new LP. “You’ll get the skeletons, the meat,” he said.
Mac & Cheese—executive produced by his girlfriend’s bro-in-law, Kanye West, and producer Harry Fraud—is due later this year via Bad Boy/Interscope Records.