French Montana is getting back on track with his album release after a health scare.
In November, French was hospitalized for severe stomach issues and an elevated heart rate. After spending a few days in the ICU, on Thanksgiving, he provided fans with an update and shared his appreciation. "Thank you everyone for all of the prayers, love and support. I'm finally out of ICU and am getting better one day at a time," he said.
This week, French posted a photo of him doing push-ups while revealing his album Montana would be out today.
"CANT KEEP ME DOWN !!” he wrote. “Been workin hard on my new album and I’m so proud to announce it’s coming THIS FRIDAY !!! #MONTANA The music is keepin my spirit alive. THANK YOU to my fans, love y’all for ridin with me thru this journey.”
The rapper was released from the hospital just in time for the drop of Montana, TMZ reports. The publication cited sources as saying French was released from San Fernando Valley's West Hills Hospital earlier in the week.
"You know, life come at you sometimes, get you down to your knees. That's what happened when you try to be too much of a rock star on your birthday," French told Zane Lowe about his hospitalization. "I turned up so much I ended up in the ICU. Damn, for real. I went to like four different countries in like six days. Saudi, Egypt, Morocco, and like somewhere else. I ended up in my house. The rock star got a story to tell his kids."
French said he was told to stay at home for the next four weeks so that his body can fully recover. This, of course, has put a wrench in his promotional run.
"I'm so mad because I can't do what I'm supposed to be doing, but as long as I got people like you, my brother, people that's been supporting me, I ain't even worried," he said, before touching on his push-ups photo. "They can't keep a good man down. The doctor walk in like, 'What are you doing?' I'm like, 'Pushups.' He's like, 'Get your ass in that bed.' I was stunting for the 'Gram, letting people know I was strong."
French’s third studio album was slated for a November release around his birthday on Nov. 9, but got pushed back. It seems French is keeping his word this time around, releasing a tracklist that reveals the album will consist of Side A and Side B. Two bonus tracks – “No Shopping” featuring Drake and “Lockjaw” with Kodak Black—were previously released singles that are now included on the album.
French has been building up anticipation for Montana with single after single. “Suicide Doors” featuring Gunna, “Writing On the Wall” featuring Post Malone, Cardi B, and Rvssian, “Twisted” featuring Juicy J, Logic, and ASAP Rocky, “No Stylist” featuring Drake,” “Wiggle It” featuring City Girls, and “Slide” featuring Blueface and Lil Tjay were available before Montana’s release.
French also told Lowe he thinks of all his records "as my babies," but one of his favorites is “50's & 100's” featuring Juicy J.
“'50s & 100s' for me just being like a true truth. I'm a Three 6 Mafia fan from the Most Known Unknown ... And I'm just glad that Juicy J gave me his blessing,” he said. “I remember when [Three 6 Mafia] used to go in a circle. I still go out, they used to go to collect those hits and I used to be having a Cocaine City DVDs. And I used to see them pushing their product hand in hand and actually distributing through independent distribution. Because that was the first group that I'll go platinum from out there. I watched the whole triumph and the defeat with them ... Then this music right here is the best music I've ever made. You'll see. Let me throw my brother appreciations there.”
You can stream Montana below via Spotify. French also dropped off the music video for "What It Look Like," check it out up top.