Two hip-hop vets, Pusha T (left), 35, and French Montana, 29, are releasing much-anticipated (and repeatedly delayed) solo albums that will have heads across the nation bobbing through summer. Here's what you need to know about the music and the emcees behind it.
The Virginia native formed the Pharrell-endorsed "cocaine rap" duo Clipse in the late nineties.
The Moroccan-born showman cofounded the hip-hop mixtape/DVD series Cocaine City in 2002.
Lil Wayne, who's been insulting the rapper for years. Pusha called his 2012 dis track "Ghoulish" ("Fuck Pusha T and anybody that love him") "horrible" and "trash."
50 Cent, who reacted badly on Twitter ("French your Sh!t so weak you never had a song by your self fool") when Montana compared his career arc unfavorably to Rick Ross'.
My Name Is My Name (out July 2) frames Pusha's poetic, character-driven tales from the dark side against lush, melodic production by the likes of the Neptunes, The-Dream, and Kanye West.
Excuse My French (out May 21) is an infectious mix of club bangers that showcases Montana's fantasy-team-building skills: It features appearances from Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and the Weeknd.
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