It’s fairly common among guests, more specifically rappers, on the Celeb Chop-Up to rave about their basketball skills and stake claim at the No. 1 spot among rappers who play ball.
What’s uncommon is the proof behind said claim.
French Montana stopped short of saying he’s the top dog, but did offer a gem from back in his heyday that would certainly make one read between the proverbial lines.
“I played in an AAU game against Jarret Jack and about four other guys who ended up in the league,” French Montana recalled. “And I dropped like 30 points on ‘em.”
Thirty? On the point guard of the Brooklyn Nets and other pros?
Good luck to his fellow rappers trying to top that one.
I caught up with French Montana to talk about everything from his flashy game on the court to his new mixtape CASINO LIFE 2 to under which circumstance he wouldn’t mind going by the name Johnny Pickles.
Jason Jordan: I always like to hear about the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; I know you’re from Morocco, what sports did you play coming up?
French Montana: I played futbol, which of course is what they call soccer over there. I played basketball too.
JJ: What kind of game did you have on the court?
FM: I was more flashy with the handles; I’d try to show off on the fast breaks with the dunks, you know, that kind of game.
JJ: Were you out there catching bodies with the posters?
FM: (Laughs) Nah, I wouldn’t say I was catching bodies, but I was definitely catching dunks on the breaks and things like that.
JJ: Can you still dunk now?
FM: (Laughs) I doubt that! Maybe… I’d have to play for like a week straight to get right.
JJ: Give me your shining moment on the court?
FM: I played an AAU game against Jarret Jack and about four other guys who ended up in the league and I dropped like 30 points on ‘em.
JJ: I’ve had a lot of rappers claim the No. 1 spot among rappers that also hoop, where do you fall?
FM: (Laughs) I don’t know because I’ve only played against a couple of ‘em; I played against Master P, J. Cole, 2 Chainz and Waka. They all can play.
JJ: Manny Pacquiao said he thought he won the fight vs. Floyd Mayweather; did he have a point?
FM: I was there and it did look like Pacquiao was winning, but Mayweather is such a smart fighter and he kept him off with those jabs. Before you knew it he was like 45 jabs in, connecting too.
JJ: What competition based reality show would you absolutely win?
FM: I’d probably have to say Survivor. I couldn’t win Fear Factor because they make you eat live spiders and things like that; I’m not eating that! Then maybe Dancing with the Stars, my foot game is good, I can salsa but I don’t know about the other stuff. I’m gonna stick with Survivor.
JJ: Which fast food restaurant has the best fries?
JJ: Everyone plays Paper, Rock, Scissors; which object have you found that you get the most wins with?
FM: (Laughs) Scissors.
JJ: What do yellow traffic lights mean to you?
FM: Slow down! I had to learn that one!
JJ: What movie absolutely deserves a sequel?
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word or phrase out right now?
FM: Probably turnt up. Time for that one to go.
JJ: You tap a car in a parking lot and no one’s around; do you leave a note or do you move to a different row?
FM: (Laughs) Move to a different row! Nah, nah I’d leave a note, I’d leave a note.
JJ: You’ve unfortunately found yourself in the Witness Protection Program, what’s your cover name going to be?
FM: Oh wow! Probably Johnny Pickles or something like that.
JJ: Worst pre-fame job?
FM: Oh man, my uncle had a car wash and he gave me a job so I could start making my own money. I was there for a day then I never came back. It was in New York City too so it was cold. I wasn’t doing that anymore.
JJ: If you would 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?
FM: I’d probably rob a bank since I’m getting away with it.
JJ: Worst childhood punishment?
FM Getting kicked out of the house when I was about 13 and then not letting me back in.
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
JJ: Twitter or Instagram?
FM: Instagram, I just feel like you get so much more out of being able to see the pictures.
JJ: Best fortune cookie message you’ve ever gotten in your life?
FM: It said, “Don’t panic.”
JJ: Blindfolded can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
FM: Yeah, yeah! Of course. That’s what I drink so I definitely know the difference off top.
JJ: OK, we’ve got the new mixtape CASINO LIFE 2 that you dropped last week, talk about what fans can expect from that and everything else you’ve got coming up.
FM: Well, it’s summertime and I wanted to drop a mixtape for the fans to have this summer. I love dropping music for the summer. I’ve got the album coming in August too. With CASINO LIFE 2 I’ve got everybody on there, the whole Coke Boy team, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Will.i.am, Travis Scott’s on there; it’s a great body of work. I hadn’t dropped an album in about two years, but I feel like music is music and it’s for the fans. It’s gonna be a classic mixtape for the streets like we always do!
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