Following his 2017 album Jungle Rules, the New York-based rapper dropped off third studio effort MONTANA today, and while the tracklist features 2019 singles like "Writing on the Wall" and "Slide," it also features much older selections.
Plenty of fans pointed out that the Kodak Black-assisted "Lockjaw" and "No Shopping" with splash brother Drake were both first released back in 2016. The latter appeared on Montana's 2016 mixtape MC4, while the former appeared on both MC4 and Wave Gods.
MONTANA also includes a more recent Drake collab in "No Stylist," which arrived in September of 2018.
"French Montana put singles that dropped during the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION on his album that dropped yesterday," one Twitter user pointed out, while another accused him of including the tracks to "[finesse] the streaming numbers with old ass music."
Others praised Montana's "elite stat padding," admitting that the re-upped singles wouldn't stop them from taking in the 20-track release. However, the prevailing sentiment appears to be that it's "one of the strangest and thirstiest moves" in streaming releases this year.
In the lead-up to MONTANA's release, French Montana was hospitalized in late November after suffering effects of severe exhaustion and dehydration. TMZ reports the rapper was released from ICU earlier this week and has been ordered to rest for another month at home.
See some of the reaction to MONTANA below.
Live view of French Montana walking out the hospital after finessing the streaming numbers with old ass music: pic.twitter.com/QDsU8dGbQM— Mr. New Era (@iJkiddRox) December 6, 2019
French Montana put singles that dropped during the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION on his album that dropped yesterday Ctfu— ▪️ (@mystikalgod666) December 6, 2019
I love Lockjaw but you can't just throw a 4 year old song on a new album, French Montana pic.twitter.com/pmCgLxW8WQ— Bobby (@SullivanBobby) December 6, 2019
Nah French Montana is finessing the streaming numbers .. lockjaw like 4 years old 😭.. no shopping and no stylist too pic.twitter.com/fhQVPhf6Ji— bearpaw (@KeemWorldPeace) December 6, 2019
cah focking believe French Montana drop a 20 song focking album with focking lockjaw and no stylist on it .. still gonna listen to it— uncle gio (@vieuxgeezus) December 6, 2019
French Montana real for putting lockjaw on this album— jake (@yaboywtheaudi) December 6, 2019
This man French Montana just dropped an album and put No Stylist AND Lockjaw on it... if he don't debut number 1 that's a FAT L— NPN Cale (@csmash23) December 6, 2019
French Montana really put lockjaw and no stylist on his album... songs are 2 years old if this isn't elite stat padding idk what is pic.twitter.com/4Fq0HngeGd— Steph Blurry (@xBrandonavichx) December 6, 2019
french montana really went and added two singles from early 2016 to this album, (lockjaw, no shopping) to inevitably boost sales.— lucaswild (@Xtriple99) December 6, 2019
considering he's released a whole studio album since these songs came out, this is one of the strangest and thirstiest moves we've seen all year.