French Montana (born November 9, 1984) is an American rapper and singer of Moroccan and Somali descent. He is the founder of Cocaine City Records. Karim Kharbouch, better known by his stage name French Montana, was born in Rabat, Morocco. French emigrated with his mother and little brother in 1996, when he was 13, to the Bronx in New York City.
His artist name is a conflation of French (from the French protectorate of Morocco) and Montana (from the fictitious Tony Montana in the 1983 movie Scarface).