French Montana attributes his desire to finally do away with alcohol to his competitive nature.
During a recent visit on Ebro Darden’s Rap Life Radio show, the rapper addressed the subject. French acknowledged that abstaining from alcohol was challenging, but stated that it was vital to stay focused and, eventually, catch up with his peers in the music industry.
“Yeah, it’s hard. I’m going to celebrate, but right now, I just, I want to stay laser-sharp to focus on getting some things out the way …” he stated. “What I realize about people that be affected by those kind of things, sometime the train pass you and you don’t even realize it. You chasing the high instead of chasing that train that you should be on. You know what I mean?”
French informed Darden that he had witnessed several other artists “surpass” him, which caused him to question his life choices.
“I feel like I seen a lot of my peers that came from less fortunate places and accomplished so many things,” he explained. “I feel like I could have been … I’ve been seeing a lot of my peers that just surpassed me and I’m like, ‘Yo, how they doing it?’”
When it came to other musicians who managed to achieve so much while still partying hard, French admitted that he was first intrigued, until he understood that it was mostly just an act on the part of the artists.
“Like, yo, they act like they drinking with you … Like how Akon used to be with the Shirley Temple acting drunk?” he said. “And I’d be like, ‘Yo, you don’t even drink.’ He’d like, ‘Man, I got to act drunk with these people.’ I like, ‘Yo, I got to learn from that.’”
In other parts of the conversation, French discussed the unjustified criticism that has surrounded his career, his collaboration with the late Pop Smoke, his earlier feud with Jim Jones, and his recently released album, They Got Amnesia.
In his own words, “This is the album I always wanted to make.You know what I’m saying? And why I say that is just I was watching this artist. He was like 45 years old, and he was making this painting, and he made it in 15 minutes. But he charged homeboy $4 million for it. And, it was like, ‘Yo, why you charging me $4 million for this 15-minute painting?’ He was like, ‘It’s not about the 15 minutes. It’s the 45 years it took me to make this.’ You know what I’m saying? So that’s where I’m at in life. It’s just about that laser sharp vision. I know what I want. That’s how I want to do it.I don’t need nobody to come and bring no energy here. This is what it is.”
Check out the interview below….