Label They Almost Signed To: G.O.O.D. Music
Label They Ended Up Signing To: Bad Boy, Interscope
Circa: 2011

French Montana almost signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. 2011. After ditching his deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik over problems with album delays, the Moroccan-born rapper boosted his street cred with a string of lauded mixtapes. "Right after that deal was done, it was literally like no label that was out didn't have a contract at my lawyer's office,” he said during a recent interview on The Combat Jack Show.

Kanye came calling, interested in expanding his ever-evolving roster. In a radio interview with DJ Envy, Montana explained that he preferred Diddy’s process of presenting a collection of artists at the same time over Kanye’s gradual and sometimes sporadic approach. Bad Boy has had its fair share of casualties, but after Montana’s debut album Excuse My French came out in May, French Montana seems to be in it for the long run.