French Montana has tapped into his community activism spirit and is speaking out in support of undocumented immigrants who are looking to find solace and opportunities in the U.S.
To help achieve this, the Moroccan-born rapper has 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 on Thursday (June 15), French Montana 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.”
The new film will document French’s rag-to-riches immigration story, starting from when he moved to The Bronx from Morocco before achieving rap fame. The trailer shows that Fat Joe, Drake and even Max B will be interviewed about French’s cultural impact.
Diddy has signed on as Executive Producer for the project alongside Drake, who was revealed to be For Khadija’s Executive Producer in April.
French had previously spoken about For Khadija in an interview with Apple Music’s Ebro Darden for an episode of The Message.
“Well, this documentary just tells my immigrant story basically, and all the people that followed me from the day that I started till now,” he said. “I feel like a lot of people know me, but a lot of people just know me by the music. A lot of people know me from me dating people. It could be this, it could be that, but I want people to know me for the right reasons and I feel like this documentary just is more based on the struggle.
“We was on welfare, to me getting shot, to me meeting Chinx, me meeting Max B. Max B be getting 75 years in jail. It’s the whole thing. It’s the whole enchilada. Me being almost blackballed after he went to jail. Me just going through all the obstacles.”
Montana continued: “Shout out to Drake for helping me do it. Shout out to Puff. Shout out to Max B for letting them cameras come inside that maximum security prison and helping me document it.
“Shout out to my mother. She never been on nothing. That was her first one and it just shows that me, her and my father came here not even speaking English and it shows that your temporary moment doesn’t have nothing to do with your long-term.”
The trailer doesn’t disclose a release date for the project, and it remains unclear how Montana plans to distribute it.