BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of French Montana

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  French Montana performs onstage at EpicFest 2016 hosted by L.A. Reid and Epic Records at Sony Studios on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Epic Records)

BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of French Montana

Check out why French Montana is more than just a rapper.

Published June 20, 2017

  1. French Who?
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  Rapper French Montana performs on stage at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 30, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Power 105.1)
    (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Power 105.1)

    You may think French Montana's real name is actually French Montana, or you may be clever enough to know it is not. French's real name is Karim Kharbouch. The stage name "French Montana" is coined from his nickname, "French," after ability to speak French. (He also speaks Arabic.) The name "Montana" was inspired by Al Pacino's character Tony Montana in the hit movie Scarface.

  2. He May Have Washed Your Car In the Past
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  French Montana performs onstage at EpicFest 2016 hosted by L.A. Reid and Epic Records at Sony Studios on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Epic Records)
    (Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images for Epic Records)

    French Montana's alleged first and only job was at a car wash! For a brief three days, French Montana worked at a car wash and is said to have hated it so much, he turned to the streets. French's career definitely went up from car wash to rap superstar. We like the glo' up!

  3. G.O.O.D vs. BAD

    Prior to signing to Diddy's Bad Boy Records, French was very close to inking the deal over at Kanye's G.O.O.D Music. The only thing that allegedly stopped the rapper is the fact that Kanye didn't have a phone. In an interview, French stated that since Kanye doesn't like to use a phone, and French himself can barely work emails, being signed to Kanye couldn't work.

  4. Mama Hope Organization
    French Montana photographed at Jue Lan Club in New York City on June 13, 2017. (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne/BET)
    (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne/BET)

    After meeting and being inspired by the youth in Uganda for his "Unforgettable" video, French Montana donated a massive $100,000 to Mama Hope Organization. This organization aims to help the community and help end poverty. In an interview with Billboard, the rapper stated, "I feel like sometimes God puts you in a platform where you're supposed to help other people." The $100,000 donation is definitely huge and shows he's more than just a rapper.

  5. UNFORGETTABLE

    French Montana's "Unforgettable" ft. Swae Lee is truly unforgettable. Not only was he inspired to donate $100,000 to the Mama Hope Organization, he was also inspired by young dancing triplets from Uganda under the name "Ghetto Kids" on YouTube. He tracked them down and ultimately featured them in the video! The whole video was shot in Uganda and promoted a fun, carefree environment!

  6. A Milli
    MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 02: (L-R) French Montana and Sean "Diddy" Combs at  Sean Diddy Combs  Pool Party  at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel on January 2, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty Images)

    In December of 2015, Diddy gave French Montana a bonus of $1 million dollars! Instead of buying a crazy expensive car or going on a luxurious trip, French decided to donate that money to a charity that will help educate children!

  7. Beating The Odds
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21:  French Montana performs onstage during the Puff Daddy and The Family Bad Boy Reunion Tour presented by Ciroc Vodka and Live Nation at Barclays Center on May 21, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation )
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation )

    In 2003, French Montana was a victim of a shooting when he was shot in the head. Fortunately enough this incident did not take the young rapper's life. He was able to recuperate in the hospital before bouncing back to his regular self. Situations like that make you realize that he was truly put on this earth for a reason. We are thankful that he survived the shooting and has become the fantastic rapper he is today.

  8. The Original Gangsta
    ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20:  French Montana and Snoop Dogg perform at the BET Hip Hop awards at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
    (Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)

    Snoop Dogg is credited as French Montana's ultimate O.G. Allegedly if he could be any O.G., it would be Uncle Snoop!

Written by Essie Acolatse

(Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images for Epic Records)

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