The release of French Montana’s MC4 project has been a challenging task for the Bronx rapper. Though the long-awaited album was reportedly delayed due to some sample clearances, it was later completely abandoned after Target locations mistakenly put it on its shelves.
“Songs like ‘I'm Heated’ and ‘Two Times’ couldn't be cleared. By the time I got the mix how I recorded it, it wasn't the same,” French told Complex. “I just ain't have the same feeling for it. Everybody had to replay shit, and do all this extra shit, so I wasn't in the mood to put it together. All the music going to come out, you know what I'm saying, just packaged differently. Plus, the album got leaked.”
It seemed as though an official MC4 drop was never going to happen; however, that all changed Saturday night. The project, which was originally intended to be French's sophomore album, has been turned into a free mixtape that debuted on DatPiff, iTunes, Spotify, and on OVO Sound Radio. Kyle "KP" Reilly of DatPiff told Complex French had approached his team about finally dropping the project, despite the number of setbacks.
"Obviously you know about all the issues with the delays, postponements, and even the mis-release of MC4 a few months back," Reilly wrote in an email. "Basically since then, this project has just been left for dead to never see the light of day. However the leaks of the album still lingered (to this day) all over the internet, so it only made sense to give the project a FORMAL free release. French hit me a few days ago saying he wanted to get it out there to the fans and didn't want it to go to waste. So we picked tonight [...] to release it once and for all, for free."
You can listen to MC4 below. And, yes, French's official sophomore album is still on the way. Stay tuned as more information about the project rolls in.