French Montana claims to be the first male artist to reach diamond from “the Mecca of hip-hop.”
French Montana just released Montegawith Harry Fraud, his greatest effort in years. Despite the fact that French has a history of producing successful albums, the court of public opinion has sought to delegitimize him as an artist over time. French, on the other hand, has made a concentrated effort to remind people of his successes throughout his career.
French recently claimed in an interview with Million Dollaz Worth Of Game that he was the first male musician from “the Mecca of hip-hop” to hit diamond. It was unclear if he meant New York City as a whole or merely the Bronx, but this allegation was immediately debunked.
“I’m the first male musician from hip-Mecca hop’s to go diamond,” French stated before Wallo and Gillie pressed him to repeat his claims. “I’m the first male artist from hip-Mecca, hop’s the Bronx, and the first African-born artist to reach diamond. That’s unusual.”
According to No Jumper, Biggie Smalls’ Life After Death was certified diamond by the year 2000. However, according to the RIAA website, French does not hold a platinum record. “Unforgettable” feat. Swae Lee is the closest record to attaining that milestone, having been certified 9x platinum in 2021. Although it is plausible that it has sold 10 million copies, this is not shown on the RIAA website. While he said that he was the first male artist to get diamond certification, it’s worth mentioning that Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It” ft. J Balvin and Bad Bunny had already received diamond certification.
The whole interview with French may be seen here.