By Maurice Bobb
French Montana’s debut, Excuse My French, is just six days away, so to get his fans ready to click “buy” on iTunes or stand in line at their local retailer for the physical CD, the Bad Boy signee served up his latest single, “Gifted,” featuring The Weeknd Wednesday (May 15) for their listening pleasure.
Debuted via Karen Civil, the track has a totally different vibe from his strip club anthems like, “Freaks” and “Pop That,” Frenchie’s latest explores his rare introspective side. On the four-minute track, the singer born Abel Tesfaye offers up his signature falsetto to set the mood, before the rapper born Karim Kharbouch jumps in to flex his lyrical muscle at the 1:40 mark. That’s right, the Toronto crooner goes in for almost two minutes before French serves up his verse, making this song feel like more of a Weeknd single with a Montana feature than the other way around.
Still, Montana manages to mine his experiences from hip-hop stargazer to superstar with lines like, “this that Derek Jeter on his last catch/this that Whitney Houston on her last track” and “this that Tiger Woods on his last swing/this that Jimi Hendrix on his last string,” which explore his exasperation with navigating the pitfalls of success. For his part, the Weeknd offers up the perfect hook, singing, “When they love me, I get money, I get money, I get money.”
Thus far, Frenchie’s first LP is living up to the hype, with a roster of who’s who rappers on tap to make appearances: Diddy, Lil Wayne, Drake, 2 Chainz and, of course, Rick Ross, who has consistently mentioned the upcoming album on his Twitter feed. EMF is out May 21st. The video for “Gifted,” which features Frenchie’s tiger cubs Ike and Tina, has already been shot in Miami.