French Montana previewed an unreleased collaboration with Drake at a New York nightclub in August, and earlier this month, they were spotted shooting a music video for an upcoming collaboration. On Thursday, French Montana stopped by Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show to premiere the record.
"No Stylist" comes as Drake still holds the country's No. 1 song in the country with "In My Feelings," while French chases after the success of last year's Swae Lee-featuring "Unforgettable," his highest-charting single. "No Stylist" also comes during a year where Drake is openly taking shots at Kanye West, and this collab features a dig at the Yeezy 350s: "Keeping it G, I told her don’t wear no 350s around me."
"Unforgettable" and "In My Feelings" saw the two taking cues from Afrobeats and New Orleans bounce, respectively; "No Stylist" finds Drake and French Montana taking it back to hip-hop's mecca in the Bronx, French's home borough. The legend Slick Rick also makes a video appearance.
"I always felt like [the Bronx] got overlooked when it came to fashion," French Montana told Lowe. "And I feel like people that changed fashion was the icons that we looked up to like Slick Rick when he came out with 40 chains on all the vintage looks and even brings it up to date. When Cam'ron came out with the pink Mink and everybody you know it's just people that changed culture because everybody thinks if you go to Fashion Week you know how to dress. That’s not, there's ninety nine point nine people out there that don’t go to Fashion Week they could dress better than anybody on that runway. We want to give that dope boy on the corner."
French Montana also said the new Drake collaboration came about when he linked up with the OVO leader as he was working on Scorpion in Miami. "I just played him my music from my album," he recalled, "and he heard 'No Stylist' and fell in love with it and he was like, ‘This is the one you and me should come out with.'"
The duo first struck gold with 2012's "Pop That"—French's first major hit—and "Stay Schemin'" before dropping their lesser hit, "No Shopping," four years later. With Drake beating nearly everyone not named Pusha-T this year, it's possible "No Stylist" will be inescapable as well. Check it out below and grab it here on iTunes. French also released two solo cuts, "Nervous" and "Juice," which can be streamed below.