Although his 2013 debut LP Excuse My French is barely eight months old, French Montana is hard at work on his new album, Mac & Cheese 4. The New York City-based rapper promises that it will satiate the core, street-rap loyalists that have supported him since the early 2000s.
"I'm going back to the essence on this album," he tells Rolling Stone. "We're giving the fans that grew up on me what they want. When we made the other music, it was just to be a little different and not do the same thing over." The LP's title is derived from Montana’s series of mixtapes of the same name and thus, it was initially reported that Mac & Cheese 4 would be a free download — but he does plan to release this as his second proper album. He hopes to have the first single out in the next two months.
Montana has recently worked with a range of artists, from Miley Cyrus to will.i.am, and is tapping into his eclectic Rolodex for Mac & Cheese 4, including a track with Macklemore called "Nightmare." But the one person who he really wants is mostly unattainable. "The only person I wish I could work with right now is Max B," Montana says about his beloved, incarcerated mentor.
Elsewhere, French is collaborating with high-profile artists on their projects including Rick Ross's Mastermind and Kanye West's next album. "We're supposed to be working on a couple of songs together for his album," he says of working with West. "He got a special project coming out." It's unclear what project Kanye is working on but the rapper/producer has mentioned a new eight-song album previously, and was recently spotted in studio sessions with Tyga.