While prepping his just-released Coke Zoo mixtape with Fetty Wap, French Montana has been putting in late nights and long hours on Mac & Cheese: The Album, his long-delayed follow-up to 2013's Excuse My French. Chris Brown (star of the new "Moses" video), Puff Daddy, Wale, and other friends and collaborators have dropped by the sessions to visit the nocturnal rapper. While in the final stretch of recording, Montana let Rolling Stone trail him for a "day." From 7 p.m. to around noon the next day, the rapper put in 17 hours at the studio before retreating to a Hollywood Hills residence for some much-needed rest. Until the album drops, our gallery is the closest you're going to get to the MC's surreal world.
French Montana stops at a store for an energy drink and a quick picture for his Instagram.
The nocturnal rapper has been recording his new music exclusively in the middle of the night at the Record Plant.
As Montana listens closely to one of his tracks, his collaborators and team can't help but move to the new song.
Montana and his team arrive at the studio in the evening and begin to settle in.
Chris Brown has been one of many big names to stop by the Record Plant while Montana has been recording his new album. The singer listens to a track alongside the rapper and producer Rick Steel.
Montana settles into the recording booth, smoking while dropping bars in the dimly lit room.
The rapper and his producer Rick Steel enjoy one of the few mellow moments of the night.
Throughout his time at the Record Plant, Montana has hosted a number of guests, who have stopped by to either record or hang out with the rapper and his crew. Here, he greets singer-songwriter-producer Velous.
Bystanders wait in the isolation hallway between the Record Plant's main hall and the recording studio.
For Montana and his team, the recording session turned into a party as they sipped from their red Solo cups all night long.
Montana and his team like what they hear while listening to the playback.
Montana catches his breath in the booth as the session winds down.
Montana's day-to-day manager, Lola, helps rally the troops as they leave the Record Plant for the night.
Close to noon the next day, after Montana has logged 17 hours in the studio, EZ drives Montana and his brother Zack home in the rapper's Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Along with Lola, Montana arrives at a Hollywood Hills residence following the busy evening and early morning.
Montana and his crew prepare to settle in at the home after the session.
Early in the morning, after a long night in the studio, Montana, Zoe Alicia and EZ finally get a chance to relax.
Montana shows off part of his lavish jewelry collection, which is kept safe in a Louis Vuitton bag.
The rapper ends his day as many others begin theirs. Around noon, Montana, Lola, his brother Zack and producer Rick Steel are relaxing in the daylight after a long night of recording.