French Montana Admits Drug Use Turned Into A ‘Hobby’ Before 2019 Hospitalization: Sober Is My New High
It’s been a little more than a year since rapper French Montana was released from the ICU. He shared the news on social media, uploading an image of himself standing in a hospital room taking off his hospital gown, with medical cords attached to his chest and arms. He captioned the image,
“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 !!!#Montana”
French Montana, was reportedly rushed to the hospital Thursday (Nov. 21) and was admitted for nine days. According to reports, an ambulance took him to receive treatment at San Fernando Valley Hospital as he had a high heart rate, nausea, and stomach pains.
In a new interview, the 36-year-old rapper says that he is working on a documentary that will show his journey of leaving Africa at 13 years old, the beginning of his music career, and moving to New York. Another part of the documentary will show his time spent in the ICU. He said:
“I was runnin’ for like a good 20 years without a break, and God put a stop to that. I had a little health scare. I tell people all the time, ‘If you don’t end up in the ICU after your birthday, then it wasn’t a good birthday.'”
French Montana says he was hospitalized because he performed in five different countries in less than a week. He added that it was also:
“a combination of a lot of things – being fatigued, dehydrated, you know, losing myself chasing money, chasing the wrong things. Too much drinking, too many pills, you know, boom.”
The rapper admits that he took Adderall when he needed more energy and Percocets for the pain. He says that it became a hobby which lead to an addiction.
“I feel like 90 percent of musicians on that.”
“It was just overdoing something for too long. And, to the point where, now sober is becoming my new high. People seen I was out of control, not me, you know what I’m saying? ’Cause, you know, it’s almost like working out. You don’t see you getting big ’cause you see yourself every day. It’s the same thing with you being out of control.”
“The new thing is the triple R thing: you gotta be rich in health, rich in spirit and rich with money. If all you got is money, you don’t got nothing. And that’s the thing that I got closer to, you know. And you got closer to God, too. Nobody make it this far. Look, Chinx died, Max B doin’ 75 years, my brother got deported, my best friend doing 20 years and it’s just like, I’m left out, you know what I’m saying? So, it’s like just seeing that he [God] got a mission for me. So, get closer to Him to figure out what that mission is.”
He adds that he took a break to make sure he is putting more focus on himself, versus making sure everyone else around him is good.
“That’s why I took a break. I said, ‘Look, as I hard I was going on my grind, I’m ’bout to go on myself and put everybody I was putting in the front on the back burner and put myself in that seat. And I just, you know, I just did French 2.0. And this is how I changed it. Stepped back, took two steps back, didn’t drop no music, detox from social media…everybody is drugged up…Everything got control of my life but me, you know what I’m saying? It was a mixture of things. And I think that was like the hardest thing I ever did in my life, to snatch myself back…So, for me to stop everything and just step back, that was like one of my biggest accomplishments. Top two, it’s after taking my mother back to Africa…So that was the day, it was Nov. 21,  last year. And since that day, I never had a drink. I just made a year.”