Rapper French Montana opened up about the recent shooting in New Jersey that left young rapper Lil TJay with multiple gunshot wounds and described their “dope, dope relationship.”
The 21-year-old Bronx-born rapper, whose real name is Tione Marriot, remains unconscious after being shot multiple times at The Promenade in Edgewater, NJ, according to reports. Other than some movement in his legs, he was unresponsive after undergoing surgery, according to reports.
“It’s sad and it’s sad for hip-hop,” Montana said on Sway Calloway’s SiriusXM show, “Sway in the Morning” on Wednesday.
“Nowadays they make the artist the drug dealer and the killer and everything. We don’t have as many artists as there are. Probably like five artists in New York right now,” the “Unforgettable” rapper said.
“Record companies take out life insurance for artists. We live in scary times. You have to be aware of that and take care of your health,” he said, adding: “They are now more invested in your death than in your career.
The 37-year-old Moroccan-born rapper says the Lil TJay shooting hit near his home because he was trying to help the aspiring rapper land a record deal when the up-and-coming artist emerged on the music scene. .
“I was trying to sign Lil Tjay when he first came out. So we had a dope, dope relationship with him,” he explained.
“He’s a little brother. So when I heard that this morning…it came back to, we have to help out as artists.
Montana has thrown its support behind New York City Mayor Eric Adams, saying it’s “just love” between the two.
The rapper said he first met Adams at a recent party Jennifer Lopez was throwing for her new documentary, “Halftime.”
Montana did not specify which of Adams’ policies it specifically supports.
“We have to embrace people like Eric [Adams] and people in higher positions who can help see the vision and help these kids because we don’t have help here,” he said.
Montana also opened up about his sobriety journey – revealing he’s been three years sober from alcohol and marijuana.
When asked what was the best thing about being sober, Montana was quick to gloat about being able to enjoy “every high of the moment.”
“To really feel the rush when you win and really feel the rush when you lose. Truly feeling the true experience of life as it was meant for us to feel. I’ve been stoned and drunk ever since I quit,” he explained.
The rapper realized he was “out of control” after excessive drug and alcohol use landed him in intensive care in 2019.
New York Post