AHH's 2012 Year End: Illseed's Person of the Year – French Montana

Editor’s Note: Good googly moogly! 2012 was a year for the books – one that saw Beefs & Battles return heavy to rap, the momentous results of a sputtering Presidential Election, a monstrous East Coast storm, and two of the year’s best rap albums from artists nearly 20 years apart in age. (Oh, and a possible end to life as we know it on December 21, according to the Mayan calendar!) Stick around for the entire month of December for AHH’s 2012 Year End recap…

First up is “Illseed’s Person of the Year: French Montana!”:

There are the Olympics and there are the Special Olympics.

French Montana

French Montana in Bun B’s rap coloring book!

Right, now French Montana is playing in the Olympics of Hip-Hop, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, when I first noticed him, he was sort of like a retarded child running with a Usain Bolt. But, in this case, he’s winning.

How can this be for somebody so marginal lyrically?

The answer to this question lies in the answer to why he is the 2012 Illseed Person Of The Year!

So, is French Montana really mentally handicapped? No.

Is he the best lyricist? No.

Should Kendrick Lamar be the Person of the Year based on all other criteria? Certainly.

This is MY award, and it has never been one to follow convention. Past winners include Will Smith, MC Hammer, Nobody, Rick Ross, and even Kreayshawn. Now, I have to say, French is now my favorite rapper, and clearly he is the favorite of others in the game. These days, he’s working with everybody. But did I love his music all the time? No. When he did the BET Cypher a few years ago, I couldn’t believe…what I heard.

I don’t see the video on YouTube, but I was not impressed. In fact, based on his cypher, I decided to start rapping. Not a good idea. I’m no French Montana with the bars.

But more significant these days than lyrics and one-liners…is swagger.


French has a lot of that. Where he may lack in lyrical intensity, he makes up in other ways. He’s pretty funny. I am not totally sure why he is funny, but he is. When she drops lyrics, it’s pretty effortless. And then there are those ad libs like “AHHHHH,” which actually sound like a Down’s Syndrome version of the Ying Yang Twins ad libs. But, I digress. Somehow, when French does it, it just comes out dope. Perhaps is that street allure that he has based on his early days as a Coke Boy? I don’t know.

And dude knows how to garner attention. Remember this?

How can a dude daring enough to wear a bear head hat lose? That’s it. They don’t lose!

And this is why French Montana won this distinguished honor over other contenders like…I don’t know. This year there were no real runner-ups. French was the only one that was in the running for this one. And that goes back to where it all started – the rat race of rap.

This game ain’t for everybody. There have been plenty dope MCs that couldn’t keep the attention of the masses. Personally, I blame Canibus for dropping that ball, but that’s another story. French Montana may not be a lyrical messiah. In fact, he may just be that handicapped runner that somehow managed to run the race of that the champions run.

With no album, it’s hard to be sure that he’s going to cross the finish line. But, right now, I am confident that he’s in the race and he’s nipping on Usain’s heels.

Usain’s ankle is broken, by the way.

And he’s also got a migraine headache.

And French is right there, running with him…stride for stride.

ILLSEED’S FOOTNOTE: Oh yeah. Illseed’s 2012 Person of the Year, French Montana, is now rumored to be dating Trina. Yes, that one. The Baddest B*tch. Enough said.

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  • mxtralive

    Dude!!! forreal…

  • hoeyuno

    ok seed your just looking for controversy. but I agree. in mainstream rap French made noise. the hats gotta go tho….. haaaannn

  • EASports

    This nigga is trash! The South is laughing at us smh C’mon Seed!

  • Hector G

    ahahahahahahaha @ illseed yer a joke for real now

    • ahahahahahahaha @hector_g:disqus , you’z a b’ish @$$ Ninja that needs some sleeps! << With an "S".

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  • baseforyourfase

    shoulda been chief keef. the end.

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  • daveofthematthews

    Although I understand why Illseed would choose the most retarded choice possible when he chooses his person of the year award… (Court controversy and increase internet traffic in terms of comments made) when I read articles like this I honestly have no idea why i love Hip Hop anymore, people in this industry wonder why nobody outside of it takes it seriously or makes time for it anymore, yet even the Sites that promote it and that are apparently supposed to support this genre turn it into a joke. Mainstream Hip Hop is dead. Has been for a few years now, And although there are still plenty of unsigned artists out there (that despite not having an industry machine spending millions on promo for them) that DO actually have real talent it is becoming increasingly difficult to see them through all this Bulls*** and nonsense we have constantly thrown in front of us. I mean Illseed if you ain’t going to take this job seriously why bother wasting time and energy on it? you do not even possess the intelligence to hire a proof reader!… Unless of course you meant to label French Montana a “She”.

    • “I am not totally sure why he is funny, but he is. When she drops lyrics, it’s pretty effortless. And then there are those ad libs like “AHHHHH,””.

      Not bad, 1 typo?

      I think 50 would have won if he had taken Stench Montana’s Bear hat and made a video with it!

      • daveofthematthews

        @EDOGZ818:disqus Upon reflection I clearly gave less credit than was due, Given the fact only 1 typo for Ill would have to be considered a success any week of the year especially when compared to some older posts that where in a literary sense like a minefield full of mistakes so i would like to retract approximately 1% of my initial comment… I stand by everything else though!

      • iLLseed has been known to pick a helper or two from the boards, holla at him & be his proof reader?

        It’s a Hi Viz job that can lead to greater opportunities!

        That’s how I got my start, now …well, check 4UMF (.) com.

        We hiring writers, bloggers, interviewers, etc.

        Link up!

  • French Montana talk to Trina now Sooo….He is French Kissing Trick Daddy, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Young Buck, 50 Cent, Keyon Martin,James Harden ETC. SMH

    • So_Subby

      He’s not talking to her

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  • josh

    Look at the picture of him in the bear hat….now know that you take this nigga seriously.

  • So_Subby

    This guy is a bum are you serious? Is this a hiphop site?

  • bunzallday

    i came on here to say stfu illseed.. for real? lol.. either allhiphop has a personal vendetta against 50 for having his own hip hop website or you are just gettin paid by pretty much the same people to promote the same nonsense… when ross was beefin wit 50 he was your man of the year.. now its french and you cant even think of a legit reason to stand behind your decision.. just tell us he’s paying you.. or make up something better.. im sure you get a few hours to think about what you’re going to say once they pay you.. smh.. even though u may not be the same illseed as before.. cause you would remember you showed us that Cool C video before with Jill Scott in it.. i couldnt even finish reading this article.. got me feeling awkward with all the dick riding..

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