COMPLEX: You’re originally from Morocco. What was life like growing up there?
French: I don’t really remember too much because I came here when I was 12 or 13, but I remember just being poor. If you had money, you lived good. I spoke Arabic and French. [I’m not completely fluent in either one now because] they’re kind of dying down on me after a lot of years.
How did the transition to The Bronx impact your life?
It was like just coming to a whole ‘nother world. Coming from a third-world country to somewhere where everybody has an equal opportunity was kind of different for me. I adjusted to it and learned the [English] language, the ways [of the streets], and the hustles. It’s what helped me now. [The biggest change was] the culture and having to pick up on everything quick.