Interesting Review from French Montana
Record labels these days do more than sign artists.
In an interview with DJ Akademiks‘ “Off the Record” podcast, French Montana explained that labels have begun taking life insurance policies to their signatories due to the increase in deaths.
“We were really making steak. People were like dying, this and that. It was blocking a lot of money. People didn’t want to touch you,” said Montana, who released her independent album Montega last month. “Someone gets shot, your rap friends stop taking. The receipt of the tag is stopped. He’s going crazy.”
Hip-hop has seen a number of high-profile murders in recent years, including Nipsey Hussle, Drakeo the Ruler, Young Dolph, King Von and Trouble. As a result of the rising number of deaths, labels have applied for their own life insurance policies.
“Now it’s even crazier because they give life insurance to artists. At least we didn’t have that back then,” French added.
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Behind What French Montana Says
When Akademiks asked if the labels are “signing an artist in good faith” if they take out a life insurance policy, French said it’s just another way for them to profit.
“You’re preying on his death,” he said. “You’re preying on making millions on his death.”
But he agreed that they’re also being realistic. “You’re supposed to have life insurance anyway, but when the label does it, if you don’t have one, that’s crazy.”
In a recent interview with “The Breakfast Club,” French also spoke about his role in squashing the beef between Diddy and Drake. They both showed up to his birthday party on a yacht not knowing that the other would be there.
“They both like my best friends, so I’m like, ‘Y’all need to dead that,’” he recalled. “So I’m glad that they didn’t even know each other was coming to the party… And they was good friends before that, so when they got there they just sat down and they just spoke the whole night. And I’m like, ‘You see? Y’all was best friends to start with.’”