Makoko served as the site location for the Bronx rapper’s latest music video with Swae, “Wish U Well,” which was released last Friday (August 31). Per a press release on Thursday (September 7), his decision to employ local craftsmen for the canoes will also boost the local economy and support the livelihood of the community members.
French has been consistent in his philanthropic efforts for some time now. When he and Swae Lee shot 2017’s diamond-certified “Unforgettable” in Africa, the Coke Boys creator worked with the local community to build the Suubi Health Center. His financial contributions, matched by others, opened the door to maternal healthcare for thousands of underserved mothers, women and children across 55 remote villages accomplished in partnership with Global Citizen and Mama Hope.
More recently in June, French Montana teamed up with Informed Immigrant, an organization that aids in providing information and resources for undocumented immigrants looking to transition into becoming U.S. citizens.
In a YouTube trailer shared by the service-based organization, French spoke about his journey from being born in Morocco to coming to the U.S. and the difficulties he experienced as a undocumented immigrant himself during his teenage years.
“When I was 13, my family immigrated to the United States in search of a better life,” the platinum-selling artist said. “Like millions of others that dreamt of opportunities, freedom and a chance to make our mark. But I remember being 17 and finding out I was undocumented. My family now had to learn to navigate the immigration system on our own.”
He continued: “And this happened when I had the dream of going to college and playing ball. I didn’t have a social security number. I didn’t qualify to get a scholarship. Jump forward to now, and I know that I’m lucky for how my story turned out. I made it. Alhamdulillah.”
In the remainder of the trailer, French, who became a U.S. citizen back in 2018, explains that Informed Immigrant also provides “legal services, mental health, and they help find partnering organizations for undocumented immigrants.”
French Montana’s involvement with Informed Immigrant follows the release of the trailer for his forthcoming documentary For Khadija, which shines a light on the Moroccan-born rapper’s rise.