French Montana loves the queens — or that’s what he wanted people to know on The Breakfast Club radio show recently.
The rapper tried to clear the air following a wave of backlash when he called a Black woman a “musty crusty dusty rusty ass h*e” and “with them nappy ass poetic justice braids.” Montana was responding to a woman who questioned Montana’s relevance on Twitter. Many people accused Montana’s statements as anti-Black. However, Montana argued, “I love the queens…if you know me, you know what kind of guy I am…my history speak of that…but I’m not going to let nobody say anything to me and I ain’t going to say nothing back.” Montana then goes on to argue that his statements weren’t because he has a Black son. “My ex-wife is Black,” he adds. Charlamagne Tha God supported Montana by saying “You from Africa and you got a pet monkey,” to which Montana responds, “you know what I’m saying, how Black do you want to get?”
Montana and his parents are from the north-African country of Morocco as he detailed in an Instagram post for his new single.
The picture of my mother and father at their wedding in Africa is my favorite picture. It’s unforgettable for so many reasons since it was the same year I was born and the same year my father was incarcerated for unfortunate circumstances. He named me from jail. After he was released, we were granted US visas and in 1996 I went on my first plane to go to America. I didn’t know any English. It was tough because I thought we were moving into the high rises of NYC, but we ended up in the back streets of the South Bronx lol. It was still better than back home in Morocco, but my father had a hard time and wanted to move back. My mother knew we couldn’t because there weren’t any opportunities there and she sacrificed a lot for us to survive in the states. We were on welfare and she worked overtime to keep us fed, clothed and a roof over our heads. I promised my mother that I would hustle and make my accomplishments unforgettable once I found my opportunity. I want other people who might be struggling to know that the sky is not the limit… You can do unforgettable things, so I present to you my single "Unforgettable". Feat @swaelee
It’s interesting that Montana equates being from Africa to Blackness — as if the continent isn’t huge or isn’t filled with various ethnicities (including the many Arab ethnic groups of north Africa). All these ethnicities are very capable of anti-Blackness, but Montana loves the “queens.”
The 32-year-old rapper insisted, “I didn’t know nappy was a racist word.” An interesting thought coming from someone who hasn’t identified as Black. What do you think of French Montana’s response and his controversial comments? You can watch his full interview with The Breakfast Club below: