Before he was caught up in a Thursday night drive-by shooting that left one man dead, French Montana addressed a number of rumors on Philadelphia’s Power 99’s Rise and Grind Morning Show. The "Pop That" MC denied signing controversial 9-year-old rhymer Lil Poopy to his Coke Boys label and explained why he has not paid Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell for use of a sample from his song "I Wanna Rock."
When asked about Lil Poopy, whose suggestive music videos prompted Massachusetts authorities to investigate whether he was the victim of child neglect, French said, "Lil Poopy was never signed to Coke Boys." He went on to condemn the videos, which feature the fourth grader rhyming about coke and smacking a model on the butt. "I wouldn’t tolerate no little kid nine years old doing all that."
French explained that his affiliation with Poopy was simply playful.
"You know how sometimes you have a little kid that’s around and he’s jumping around doing the most?" French asked. "Sometimes they come around the show, and I like the little kid so he be around playing. But I’m not telling him go in that booth."
French also cleared up rumors that he owed Miami bass legend Uncle Luke money after sampling his voice for his 2012 hit "Pop That." "He need to own his product for him to get paid," said French. "We paid somebody named J something, he the one that own it."
"Pop That" is the biggest single from French’s upcoming debut, Excuse My French. "When the record was about to come out, we reached out to (Luke) like anybody with respect for anybody would," explained French. "And we find out he didn’t even own it. So what we gon pay you for? We brought you out at the BET Awards… If you don’t own a product what am I paying you for? That’s called extortion."
Excuse My French is due to drop May 21 via Bad Boy Records. “Freaks” featuring Nicki Minaj is the next single and a video is expected to drop later this month.
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