Bronx MC French Montana said he thinks the backlash his friend Rick Ross received for making the reference to date rape on the Rocko song “U.O.E.N.O.” was extreme.
The artist signed to a label partnership with Ross’s Maybach Music and Sean Diddy Comb’s Bad Boy Records believes any hip-hop artist who makes gangsta rap music could have gotten caught up in the same kinda of controversy that ultimately lost “The Boss” rapper his endorsement deal with Reebok.
“I just feel like what Ross did was what any artist would have probably said,” Montana told Yahoo! Music’s The Aftermath in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t think it was that serious for people to go crazy like that because gangsta rap is nothing but murder, homicide and sex and all crazy … Its just gangsta rap.”
Montana, who just released the remix to his song “Freaks,” said such scrutiny is commonplace for high achievers. “So I just feel like people took it too far. But, it’s one thing when you on top, everybody try to take you down. So as far as Ross, I’m just like that’s big bro. I’m going to support him, everything he do. Understand his mistakes, everything that he going through.”
Montana also expressed regards for Miami rapper Trina. On April 23, Wilbrent “Gonk” Bain, Trina’s brother, was killed in a shooting. Montana said he has spoken to the “Pull Over” rapper since the slaying. “Definitely spoke to her, definitely shout out to Trina. Blessing out to her family,” he said.
Montana wished Trina strength to endure the loss. “You go through certain tragedies in life. It will make you the person you are. Will make you stronger,” he said. “Just want to send out all the blessings to her family, her and her mother.”
Montana’s album “Excuse My French” is due out on May 21.
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