French Montana says he knew from the second the beat dropped that “Unforgettable” was going to be a monster. “I knew when I heard it for the first time it was a big record. I just fell in love with it,” says the Moroccan-born, South Bronx-bred rapper and producer. “That’s always how I judge music, from the first time listening to it. That record is like God planned it.”
Also featuring Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, “Unforgettable” has been certified platinum twice over. It’s Montana’s first track to go Top 10, currently sitting at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100. For many hip-hop fans, it’s easily the song of the summer, and while plenty of artists are putting their own spin on it, Montana snagged Mariah Carey for help on the official remix.
But he’s not resting on his biggest hit ever, having recently released a video for follow-up “A Lie” featuring The Weeknd, an artist with whom Montana has previously collaborated. “We worked on ‘Gifted’ from my first album. I just love how we’ve been friends since he started, and we both grew so much bigger,” Montana says. “It’s a beautiful thing to come up with your people. It’s a real collaboration now, not just featuring somebody. It was perfect timing.”
Montana also has perfect timing in returning to his residency at Marquee Nightclub for Labor Day weekend. He has been performing at Tao Group venues for years now and has no plans to change anything.
“I’ll be in Vegas forever. I might shoot Casino Part 2,” he jokes. “But it’s one of my top five places, like a different universe. I record a lot of music when I’m there, too. It’s just got that vibe that makes me want to stay.” French Montana at Marquee at Cosmopolitan, September 2.