French Montana was born Karim Kharbouch. Growing up in Morocco in the late 1980s, he idolized soccer and rap music. Then, out of nowhere, he found himself in the South Bronx. He would not find his breakout until the mid-2000s, with "Choppa Choppa Down" and Excuse My French. His journey from undocumented immigrant to worldwide star is one of hardship and grit.
Today, Montana is one of the best-known rappers and the highest-streamed African-born artist of all time. He is also a two-time platinum recording artist. However, he is also best known for his encounters with law enforcement and criminal involvements. But now fans will get a brand-new look into his life thanks to a tell-all documentary, executive produced by Drake and Diddy.
"For Khadija" Tells The Story Of French Montana
"Us watching America as kids, they sell you the dream. They don't show you that behind those buildings, there's the nightmare part." The trailer's opening line sets the tone of the documentary perfectly. This is not a boastful story of Montana's success, but instead is an unsweetened look at the journey he took to the top. The story, which begins in Morocco and ends on top of the world, is full of hardship.
Named for Montana's mother, the documentary explores several distinct areas of the artist's life. There are the early years in the South Bronx, running as a street dealer to make ends meet. Then comes his rise in the early 2000s, his musical breakout. And finally, there is the rise and fall of Max B, Montana's closest associate. But beyond that, the documentary promises authenticity and vulnerability. The trailer features Montana dwelling on the absence of his father, who returned to Morocco when Montana was 15. It will also provide more insight into Montana's perspective on the incarceration of Max B and the events that led up to it. The documentary is set to show French Montana in a way that he's never been seen before. For Khadija is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.